Amber, 2010, 53 mins
NOTE: The film aspect ratio of this film is 4:3. We have become aware that on some screens it is appearing as 16:9 (stretched). If this happens, clicking full screen should sort the problem - and it keeps to 4:3 when returning to a small screen.
A first SideTV screening for this documentary, which grew out of Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen’s Byker Revisited photographs, shown as part of a special Sirkka season to mark the exhibition of Byker at the L Parker Stephenson Photographs gallery in New York (February 15th to May 11th).
In 2005 Sirkka returned to the rebuilt Byker. The visionary Byker Wall Estate, designed bt the renowned architect Ralph Erskine, was to have rehoused the community, which she had documented in the 1970s, intact. Inevitably, it didn’t. In her occasionally chaotic portrait sessions, she invited the residents of the now multicultural estate to imagine their lives in ‘just one picture’... The film explores the emerging collaborative portrait of the diverse communities that have come to share this part of Newcastle upon Tyne in the North East of England.
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