A portrait of a working class community after 25 years on the receiving end of traditional local government. Includes interviews with local community activists, a meeting in a pub, the editorial office of ‘The Voice’ community newspaper and a discussion with unemployed young people. Conveys their sense of powerlessness and anger at the failure of the authorities to get to grips with the massive housing and employment needs of their area. The video was produced in 1984.
A series of four BBC film episodes about Glasgow. The series looks much more closely at the East End in particular. Episodes focusing on the ‘blight’ left behind from the mass demolitions of the 1960s and 1970s Comprehensive Development Area (CDA) era, the final closure of the Beardmore’s Forge at Parkhead, the then infamous Barrowfield scheme next to Parkhead and finally football, culture and sectarianism in and around Bridgeton.
We don’t have to agree with every aspect of the films commentary, but the series is an amazing document of the East End in the early 1980s that provides a window into the historical social and environmental problems of the area. For those interested in current ‘regeneration’ plans associated with the Commonwealth Games 2014 and Clyde Gateway it is practically unmissable.
Episode 1 Blight
Episode 2 Work– https://vimeo.com/24538608
Episode 3 The Scheme – https://vimeo.com/24572145
Episode 4 The Bond– https://vimeo.com/24606993
Tame Time. Stina Wirfelt. 08:10 mins. 2010
Tame Time looks at the area of Dalmarnock, which will be transformed over the next four years to house several of the sporting events and the athletes’ village during the Commonwealth Games in 2014. The fictional story is told from the perspective of a woman who regularly walks her dog in the area, an activity that makes her think about the past, the present and the future.
Ardenlea St (from Hope, Memories, Loss & Community). Chris Leslie. 14.21 mins. 2011
Margaret Jaconelli purchased her home in 1976 and has now lived alone on Ardenlea St in Dalmarnock for the past 5 years. With the Commonwealth Games approaching, the council are in a rush to demolish the whole street as it is occupying the site where the Athletes Village is to be built. This film updates and extends Chris’s last film on Margaret Jaconelli below.