The Forty Elephants is a new short film, conceived and directed by Alastair Cook with cinematography by James Norton, written and read by Gérard Rudolf.

The project takes its lead from the Victorian street gang of women and their children who plagued the Elephant and Castle; it draws in the current landscape and it’s deteriorating edge, a farewell to the Heygate and Aylesbury estates; this is a dark trawl through threat and desire, driven by Gérard’s incredible words.

The Forty Elephants premiered in April 2011 at Alastair’s fine art photography show at The Howden and was shortlisted for the Aesthetica Short Film Festival prize, screening as part of the installation exhibition in York.