Studiocanal to launch Kray Twins interactive exhibition

Film distributer Studiocanal will celebrate the launch of its new film Legend with an exhibition on the history of east London.

The Kray Twins feature in Studiocanal's Legend (© Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
The Kray Twins feature in Studiocanal's Legend (© Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Legend of the East End has been inspired by the lives of local murderous duo the Kray Twins, both of whom are depicted by Tom Hardy in Legend. It aims to offer a snapshot of the East End - from WWII until the area was hit by gentrification in the 21st century.

The exhibition will give guests the chance to immerse themselves in the Krays’ swinging sixties world with a recreation of Violet Kray’s living room. Visitors will be able to drink tea surrounded by family photos, vintage wallpaper and an audio-visual installation of interviews with those who knew the twins.

Visitors will also able to peruse photography from the likes of Don McCullin, Brian Duffy, Steven Berkoff and Jocelyn Bain Hogg. Artefacts on display include suits worn by Ronnie Kray.

The exhibition has been curated by producer Zelda Cheatle, while Studiocanal is working with agency Premier to deliver the event.

Cheatle said: "The exhibition looks at the East End of the 1960s and 1970s, brought to life by the people who lived there, the photographers who captured everyday life, the undercurrents that continue to exist and importantly it reflects the poetry of the streets.

"Whether you are a visitor to the East End or a long time resident, there will be something to discover about this neighbourhood and maybe a new way of evaluating it."

The free experience will be housed at 133-135 Bethnal Green Road in London. It will be open from 28 August until 11 September.

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