Underworld’s Karl Hyde documents travels through Barking and Dagenham

PUBLISHED: 09:37 04 May 2013

Still fromThe Outer Edges by Karl Hyde

Still fromThe Outer Edges by Karl Hyde


Musician Karl Hyde, from the band Underworld, has turned film-maker by producing a documentary that takes a journey through the Essex borderlands.

Called The Outer Edges, the film begins at the M11 and travels across Barking and Dagenham, out towards Tilbury and into the Thames estuary.

The musician’s venture into filming is a complement to his debut solo album, Edgeland, released this month after more than 30 years of playing under the Underworld name with Rick Smith.

In the trailer to the film, Romford-based Karl explains the inspiration behind the documentary that he made with director Kieran Evans.

“We got talking about journeys and filming journeys. Journeys are really important to me. We got talking about people who write about the overlooked parts of cities and that fascinates me.

“You journey along the River Roding where the M11 deposits you at the edge of the city down through the unseen cuts in the earth. This is real JG Ballard territory. We have been filming in some of these cuts and valleys, roads that I have travelled for decades and that are extraordinarily beautiful.

“It’s a place that’s too often forgotten, one that rarely makes the news and never appears in travel brochures. Yet it’s somewhere that important history was made and where a rich and vibrant spirit is still alive.”

The film stops off at allotments, boxing clubs, markets and working men’s clubs en route, and features the Dagenham Roundhouse, Hand Trough Creek in Barking, and the industrial sites down at the docks.

Karl, who won the 2012 Q Award for Innovation in Sound for his music direction on the Olympic Games opening ceremony, named his 2010 album Barking after the borough.

The Outer Edges is available as part of the deluxe edition of the CV/DVD of his Edgeland album.

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