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PUBLISHED: 16:36 26 March 2008 | UPDATED: 09:36 23 August 2010

CONCRETE EVIDENCE: The Lafarge Cement works is depicted in the film AND HERE.

CONCRETE EVIDENCE: The Lafarge Cement works is depicted in the film AND HERE.

A FILM that captures north Kent s changing industrial and urban environment is to be shown in a free screening to the public. AND HERE, which was developed in response to the development of the Thames Gateway, will be screened tomorrow for the first tim

A FILM that captures north Kent's changing industrial and urban environment is to be shown in a free screening to the public.

AND HERE, which was developed in response to the development of the Thames Gateway, will be screened tomorrow for the first time in the UK at the Trinity Resource Centre, Holy Trinity Church, High Street, Dartford at 6.30pm.

The film was commissioned by the Faversham Society, a voluntary organisation to protect and promote the heritage of the town and the surrounding areas. It captures images from across north Kent, including Gravesend town centre, Northfleet's Lafarge cement works and the new development at Ingress Park.

Peter Downsbrough, the Brussels-based American artist who shot the film, said: "It gave me the opportunity to produce a new work and the longest film I have made since 1979.

"With access to industrial complexes normally hidden to the public, and through the eye of an outsider, I have aimed to create a unique perspective of north Kent.

"My concern was in documenting places that are still active, still 'on the go' but going, eventually disappearing. These shots have been combined with those of new developments to give a glimpse of the future of north Kent."

The film features the Northfleet cement works which are set to close at the end of April after 200 years.

Earlier this month steeplejacks surveyed the 330ft chimneys on the site to decide how to demolish the iconic towers.

Christine Gist, of the Faversham Society, said: "I have worked with Peter on several projects since the late 1990's and am pleased we have realised this video which I hope will attract the attention of a UK audience."

Mr Downsbrough will also launch his book at the screening, called WITH IN PLACE, which features photographs of the area.

For more information contact Christine Gist on 01304 372414. Further details on the decommissioning of the cement works will be available at a public presentation by Lafarge due to be held on Thursday April 3 at Lawn Primary School, High Street, Northfleet from 6pm.

ed.riley@archant.co.uk

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