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September 06, 2009

The Belle Isle

Been shooting a short film in South Leeds, on the Belle Isle estate.


And, more specifically, in the Youth Club, where the youths in question were the usual mix of noisy kids, until that is they opened the tuck shop. After grazing on blue Smarties for a few minutes the kids livened up noticeably and things began to get out of hand.

It was next to impossible to do any interviews. One constant interruption was by a boy honing his skills at burping the word bollocks – he got quite good. The wide shots were just full of “Hellomum!” and “Look! – we’re on TV”, and the belief that the best thing to do when you are on TV is to knock three kinds of bells out of your mate.

When a pool ball sailed past the camera – lobbed by a particularly aggressive sugar-fuelled gobby youth – I decided it was time to leave and suggested to the crew that we slowly pick up our gear and head for the door.

Outside, where things were less hectic and Jess found us the closing shot:


Posted by john at September 6, 2009 10:49 AM


What a shame - for lots of these kids, their whole life is one of missed opportunities - and then when they get an opportunity, they can't recognise it.

Posted by: Daphne at September 10, 2009 06:03 PM