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Your second film is entitled ‘What is a City?’. London has changed drastically over the last year due to the pandemic. What hopes do you have for the future of London as it transitions?

EMMA TALBOT:

I’ve known London all my life and can see how much it has changed and adapted over the years. In ‘What is a City?’ I was thinking about how atomised an idea of a city could be, just as power can potentially be atomised. I doubt the centre, like Oxford Street, will ever be the same. I wonder whether physical shops will be fewer, whether mass commuting will cease, whether we will have real ‘garden cities’. I just found myself thinking that the ethos of a city as a physical centre would be really different. But then I also wonder whether we will have a huge party generation after the privations of the lockdown era.