Andrea Luka Zimmerman / Adrian Jackson

Here for Life

Nomadic Community Gardens
SOON 11 June 2019 - 20 June 2019
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1 minute 17 seconds
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Ten Londoners. All have lives shaped by loss and love, trauma and bravery, struggle and resistance. They grapple with a system that is stacked against them.

Here for Life is a feature film marking the culmination of a long collaboration between film-maker Andrea Luka Zimmerman and theatre-maker Adrian Jackson, a group of Londoners, and a dog. It will be previewed outdoors at Nomadic Community Gardens where much of the footage was shot.

The cast dance together, steal together, eat together; agree and disagree, celebrate their differences and share their talents. They cycle, they play, they ride a horse. The lines between one person’s story and another’s performance are blurred and the borders between reality and fiction are porous.

Eventually, they come together on a makeshift stage in a place between two train tracks. They spark a debate about the world we live in, who has stolen what from whom, and how things might be fixed.

This trailer by Andrew Kötting is also available to watch on Vimeo and YouTube. The full film is 87 minutes.

Production Credits

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Production Credits

Directed by: Andrea Luka Zimmerman and Adrian Jackson
Devised by: Andrea Luka Zimmerman, Adrian Jackson with Therese Henningsen and the performers
Produced by: Artangel
Executive Producers: James Lingwood, Michael Morris, Cressida Day
  • Jo Galbraith
  • Jake Goode
  • Richard Honeyghan
  • Kamby Kamara
  • Errol McGlashan
  • Patrick Onione
  • Ben Smithies
  • Mwiinga Twyman
  • Jono Whitty
  • Sasha Winslow
Editor: Grant Gee
Sound Designer: Marie Tueje
Directors of Photography: Taina Galis, Andrea Luka Zimmerman

Image: Cast members and crew at Nomadic Community Gardens for the filming of Here for Life. Photograph: Therese Henningsen

About the Artists

Andrea Luka Zimmerman and Adrian Jackson
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Andrea Luka Zimmerman

Andrea Luka Zimmerman was selected as part of the 2014 Open call for proposals from Artangel and BBC Radio 4.

Andrea is an artist, filmmaker and cultural activist.  Andrea’s work is concerned with marginalisation, social justice and structural violence and has been nominated for The Grierson Award and The Film London Jarman Award. Her films include Erase and Forget (2017), which had its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival and was nominated for the The Glashütte Original – Documentary Award and Estate, a Reverie (2015) which documents the last days of Hackney’s Haggerston Estate before its demolition, the artist’s home for 17 years. Selected exhibitions include Civil Rites, The London Open at the Whitechapel Gallery, London (2018) and solo show ‘Common Ground’ at Spike Island, Bristol (2017).  Andrea is the co-founder of the cultural collectives Fugitive Images and Vision Machine (collaborators on Academy Award® nominated feature documentary The Look of Silence). Andrea is a Reader at Central St Martins, University of the Arts London.


Adrian Jackson

Adrian Jackson was selected as part of the 2014 Open call for proposals from Artangel and BBC Radio 4.

Adrian is a theatre maker, playwright, teacher, translator and one of the world’s leading experts on the Theatre of the Oppressed. In 1991, he founded Cardboard Citizens, a theatre project that aims to change the lives of homeless people through the performing arts. He has directed over 50 plays with Cardboard Citizens, including Pericles (2003) and Timon (2006) with the Royal Shakespeare Company, The Beggar’s Opera (1999) with the English National Opera, Mincemeat (2009), winner of an Evening Standard Theatre Award and A Few Man Fridays (2012). Jackson had a long association with Augusto Boal – the Brazilian theatre maker, theorist and founder of the Theatre of the Oppressed – and has translated a number of Boal’s books into English. More recently, he directed Cathy, by Ali Taylor (2016/17), and, with Caitlin Mcleod, Home Truths, an Incomplete History of Housing Told in Nine Plays (2017).


Images: (left) Cat and crew during the filming of Here for Life at Nomadic Community Gardens; (above, top image) Andrea Luka Zimmerman (above, lower image); Adrian Jackson. Both photographs taken on the set of Here for Life. Photos: Therese Henningsen


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Who made this possible?


Commissioned and produced by Artangel with the support of the National Lottery through Arts Council England and Artangel’s Guardian Angels. It was selected through Open by Artangel and BBC Radio 4.

Artangel is generously supported by Arts Council England, and by the private patronage of The Artangel International CircleSpecial AngelsGuardian Angels, and The Company of Angels.
Special thanks to Cardboard Citizens, Stuart Grey, Matt Lucas, Flora Newbigin, Gareth Evans, Andrew Kötting, Andrew Meikle, Richard ‘Salim’ Sleeman, James Wheale, and everyone at Nomadic Community Gardens.