From the film-maker:
My piece centres around the concept of the polarised nature of London's social classes. The painting depicts the grandeur of the Houses of Parliament juxtaposed with the poverty of the dockworkers in the foreground. It is painted in greyish-blue tones with hints of orange, a subdued colour scheme which I was inspired by when choosing the final colours in my film. The story follows a homeless man on a train who begs for money from a group of sharply dressed men, depicted here as lizards. The lizards are representative of London's 'ruling' classes, cold-blooded individuals who care little for the plight of the destitute. The hooded character is unnerving and intimidates the homeless man. The ending, however, sees his role change: an attempt to oppose audience expectations regarding the 'hoodie' stereotype.
A piece inspired by Claude-Oscar Monet, The Thames below Westminster, about 1871