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Thursday, October 26, 2006

Digging Up the Dear Green Place JAM-74 film night

Digging Up the Dear Green Place. Centre for Contemporary Arts CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow City Centre 09-Nov-2006, 19:00 A evening of films in aid of the JAM74 campaign to stop the motorway construction through Glasgow Southside. Presented by Martha Wardrop from JAM74.

Glasgow's reputation as the 'Dear Green Place' comes partly from the number of public parks and outdoor spaces which were created during its period of major growth in the 19th century. Now many of those spaces are under threat, from car park developments, the closure of allotment spaces, and proposed motorway construction. Spaces which belong to the people of Glasgow are being dug up and taken away.

These films highlight the damage done by such acts, but also show there can be another side, when digging becomes a way of taking back the land and making it a public space again through projects such as the Walter Morrison Community Garden in Eglinton Toll begun by JAM74 in 2005 as a form of positive protest. Following the films, there will be time for a discussion and questions about the JAM74 campaign with Martha. Films: The Walter Morrison Community Garden dir Simon Yuill and Kirsty Stansfield, Glasgow, 2006 A short set of interviews with people involved in the community-made 'guerrilla' garden in Eglinton Toll, Glasgow.

On Allotments Four Corners Film Cooperative, London, 1976 A rare chance to see this pioneering documentary that portrays the allotment community in Needham, North London. During the making of the film the allotments were threatened with closure to make way for a car park, and the film captures some of the community campaign against this. One of the film-makers, Ron Peck, is a leading figure in British independent cinema; his films include 'Nighthawks', one of the first British films created through improvisation to camera. By avoiding conventional forms of dramatic effect, Peck's films are intended to let the audience participate in forming their own perception of the image on the screen. The film is also featured in David Crouch and Colin Ward's classic book "The Allotment: It's Landscape and Culture", tracing the history and politics of allotment culture in the UK.

JAM dir Daryl Tayar, Glasgow, 2005 JAM is a hard hitting political documentary that exposes the shocking truth about the proposed M74 extension through Glasgow's South Side. The film reveals who's backing this remnant of 1960s urban planning and what sort of devastation it would cause to some of the most deprived areas of the city. Are there any alternatives? Local residents, logistics experts and Green and Socialist MSPs show us the direction we should really be heading in. Fast moving visuals and a dynamic soundtrack speed the viewer through the political points and make this an entertaining and convincing documentary. Free admission, donations to JAM74 welcome. "On Allotments" has been kindly made available for screening by Four Corners film centre London. 'Digging Up the Dear Green Place' has been organised by Simon Yuill. The films are also being screened in Dundee as part of the exhibition 'diggers', featuring work by Beth Hamer, Chad McCail and Simon Yuill, at the Hannah Maclure Centre Gallery, University of Abertay, Bell Street, Dundee.

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