Speakers Corner 1986 – What a Difference 27 Years Makes


The video above is from sometime in 1986 and is some of Syd Pearman’s ‘best of’ footage. I find it interesting for two reasons. One, it seems much more lively with relatively larger crowds than you’d find today. Two, there seems to be much more interaction between the speakers and the crowd than you find these days. What do you think?

Short Film Almost Makes You Want To Visit Speakers’ Corner

Speakers’ Corner from James D Lyndon on Vimeo.

Speakers’ Corner – the short film above – was shot by James D Lyndon in March, 2012 for Worn & Torn Films. It is shot beautifully, with James stating that:

The film aims to capture the atmosphere of Speakers’ Corner in a kind of montage of sight and sound. Even the music comes from a street busker who I saw as I was just about to leave.

I think the film does a good job enticing you to visit the Hyde Park institution. However, don’t be surprised if your actual experience is bit less relaxing than what the video shows. From my experience Speakers’ Corner is packed with people each Sunday. Still definitely worth a visit.

For more about Speakers’ Corner visit: http://www.speakerscornertrust.org/