City Centre from Jenn Strom on Vimeo.


2013, Short Film

A surreal depiction of living in Vancouver’s downtown core as character is lost in construction dust. Based on the poem “City Centre” by Vancouver poet laureate, Evelyn Lau. “How soon we forget what used to be there…”

This animated short was created as part of a series for Knowledge Network called Take Me Home in which BC personalities share what home means to them. The shorts air regularly on Knowledge.

Official selection DOXA 2015

“Vancouver’s Poet Laureate Evelyn Lau captures the city’s rapid and rapacious level of development through a poem to an elderly lady and her little green house.”
– Dorothy Woodend, DOXA

“City Centre” written and read by:
Evelyn Lau
Mike Mckinlay, David Martin
Gaffer: Chad Galloway
Actor: Margarita Hobbes

Still Photography:
Florence Debeugny, Bob Hare
Patrick Gunn: Heritage Vancouver Society
Paintings: Sherri Rogers
Bird Animation: Lucas Green

Music Composition: Gordon Cobb
Sound Design & Mix: Chris McLaren

David Martin, Hyphen Communications
Executive Producer:
Murray Battle, Knowledege Network