Arthur and Anita

Arthur and Anita are part of a generation of young people born in Consett, County Durham, in the early 80’s when the largest steelworks in Britain were closed down by the Thatcher government. In the vacuum left their lives are spent ‘self employed’ and thieving to make a living and there is little left in the town where they grew up. Can they break the cycle? Part of BBC3's Country Strife strand. Narrated by Anne Marie Duff

"I shot all of this film on a PD170 as it was coming up to winter. Consett had it’s own light and atmosphere, which was very strong and distinctive, and I tried to frame each shot like a photograph or portrait of the town and the people living in it.
"It was a very hard environment to film in as it was to live in - tough, remote and desolate with not much there other than pubs which were open all day. The beauty is in the light, the landscape and the people when they allowed themselves to talk honestly about the reality of their lives".

Clio David: Producer/Director/Camera

Transmission BBC3 10.35pm 9pm 7th February 2005
1 x 60mn documentary. Country Strife, Raw Television


‘an intimate and unpatronising portrait…observed honestly rather than condemned’ Evening Standard

‘Digging deep under the skin of its subjects is BBC3’s quietly excellent reportage…pure revelation’ Metro

‘well crafted and beautifully shot.…well worth a watch’ TV Today



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