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Maria Andrews

An image of a group of delivery riders standing in the street together, and looking defiantly at the camera
Maria Andrews, Deliverance. Image by Maria Andrews

Maria Andrews’ film Deliverance explores the local fast food delivery and digital platform economy in Tower Hamlets, incorporating local riders and restaurants.

Deliverance draws upon Andrews’ experiences as a rider for Take Eat Easy and Uber during the 2018 delivery rider strike, touching on themes of diaspora, history and landscape. Using her signature human-focussed documentary style, Andrews highlights the stark reality that 35% of every meal bought on these platforms flies straight out of the borough, and calls for a disruption of this precarious system. 

As Brazilian rider Diego points out, “It’s not a job this, when you sit and calculate how much you make after expenses at the end of the month, you don’t take home more than £400, £500.”

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion by Adam and Maria.

Deliverance will be screened in the Artsadmin Canteen as part of What Shall We Build Here, Artsadmin’s festival of art, climate and community from 28 June – 2 July 2023.

Maria Andrews has made many grass roots films over the years, including Elpis, a film about volunteer efforts to receive refugees on the Greek island of Lesbos, A Part of the Heart rarely Tugged at, a series of films about the landscape of Tower Hamlets, and Are you sure Picasso Done it This Way? a short film about local sculptor Kevin Harrison. To support her filmmaking she delivered takeaways for Take Eat Easy and then when they went bust, she switched to Uber. Deliverance draws upon her experiences as a rider and filmmaker during the 2018 delivery rider strike.


Director, camera, sound and editor: Maria Andrews
Film mentor: Lucy Sandys-Winsch

Film commissioned by the residents of Petticoat lane as part of The People’s History of Petticoat Lane.

  • Deliverance will be screened with subtitles
  • Toynbee Studios is accessible to wheelchair users and there are wheelchair accessible toilets. Read more about Accessibility at Toynbee Studios.
  • All toilets at Toynbee Studios are gender neutral.
  • There is outdoor and distanced indoor seating.
  • A relaxed performance kit with yoga mats, blankets, cushions and ear defenders is available.
  • BSL interpretation is available on request. Email or call 020 7247 5102 to arrange this, and please allow at least a week’s notice.

Please email or call 020 7247 5102 if you have any further access requests.

Contains brief mentions of violence.

If you would like any further information about the event before you attend please email

Date and time

30 June 2023
Pay What You Can

Please note
This is now a past event.


Artsadmin Canteen, Toynbee Studios
28 Commercial Street
What Shall We Build Here
E1 6AB