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Help fund a film about the life of the CNJ’s founding editor

15 October, 2021

Eric Gordon, founding editor of the Camden New Journal

• PLATFORM Films is making a film about the legendary Eric Gordon, founding editor of the Camden New Journal.

This film will add Eric’s name to Platform’s list of fantastic titles, covering peace films, Ireland, trade unions and social history: https://www.platformfilms.co.uk

This film about what Eric called his “Jewish, individualist and communist” life, will chart his experiences of growing up in working class Manchester, his transition from Rabbi training to communism, the years he and his family spent in China that ended in his arrest and house detention as a spy, his return to London and work at the Daily Herald and the Camden Journal, followed by the 16-month strike which led to the founding of the Camden New Journal, where he stayed until he died, aged 89, in April 2021.

This film is about an extraordinary life of an individual that history will remember as a pillar of Camden’s community, our community. Even though Eric is no longer with us, the CNJ remains an indispensable arm of our political struggle for justice, democracy and equality.

The film will be based on extensive interviews with family, friends, colleagues, and neighbours of the CNJ’s offices; archival footage including a 1980 Thames TV film on the Camden Journal, the unveiling by Eric of a memorial to Far Eastern POWs at Mornington Crescent, an interview with Eric on the St Pancras Rent Strike and other film footage about issues related to Eric’s experiences (including we hope, film footage of Beijing in the Cultural Revolution).

We also filmed at the memorial event for Eric held at the end of June 2021 in St Mark’s Church, Primrose Hill.

We have filmed 15 interviews so far, but need funds to complete this project: to pay for further filming, film archive copyright, music composition and editing.

So this advance notice of the film comes with a request for donations in order to make the total of £20,000 that we need.

Please donate whatever you can. Small amounts quickly add up. Donations can be sent by bank transfer to: Platform Films, HSBC. Name of account: Platform Films. Sort code: 40-04-07; Account no: 61042769.

Cheques can be sent to: Platform Films, Marx Memorial Library, 37a Clerkenwell Green, EC1R 0DU.

All donors will be credited in the final film. Thanks from…

CHRIS REEVES, HARRIET EVANS, PAUL O’BRIEN, UNA DOYLE,
RUTH APPLETON & THOMAS MUIRHEAD
Eric Gordon Film Group

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