Graffiti Life Company
London Tonight documents London graffiti, focusing on pieces painted on the London Underground System. It's pure vandalism for a solid hour. It's hard to compare it to any other films out there as it truly sits in a class of it's own. Think the destruction of the Dirty Hands series mixed with the insight of a documentary like Kings & Toys. London writers have always been fiercely proud of our capitals scene and London writers have never given a care to graf from anywhere else but this fire has never before been immortalised on film, like it is in London Tonight.
The film starts with old school bomber Check describing the early eighties graf scene and the formation of the vandal squad. London legends like Met, Slice and Faum talk about the famous writers bench at Covent Garden and the Chrome Angels. More and more writers recount yard stories and reminisce on the work of infamous heads. This is punctuated by police interview tapes; the officer getting more and more frustrated as "no comment" comes back to every question he asks.
We see dope pieces by Fusion, Mace, DTB, Steas and DDS all running. Sick amounts of bombing from Sham, Ment and countless others. There's footage of insides, scratches and yard missions and it's all exclusive. The Christmas section documents a famous take over that most London writers will remember and some funny clips from the London news reports of the time.
It ends with a tribute to 3 writers no longer with us. A touching piece on Ozone and some really funny footage of Wants - the "runner bean" line had me cracking up. I like the way this section was handled, no doom and gloom like Kings & Toys but just a straight up tribute.
My train painting days are long gone, so there is only so much I can say- but London Tonight is a reminder that the system is always going to get smashed. And to the writers who continue to smash it you have my respect. I recommend London Tonight to anyone who appreciates London graf, whether you're in it or not.
Wicked film boys. Nice one.