Without These Walls
Review – Art in Liverpool
In just under 9 minutes of animation, poetry, found sound and demolition site footage, the film tells the story of what happened to a street in the North of England, Granton Road in the shadow of Liverpool FC when their homes were condemned to be cleared by Pathfinder, the last Labour government’s ‘Housing Market Renewal Initiative.’
I worked with film maker Janet Brandon (Trickfilm) who produced the film. It was made in response to my personal experience of my family losing our home in Granton Road, failing to be offered reasonable compensation, resulting in my parents having to take on an extra mortgage to buy a similar home nearby. They were 5 years from completing their existing mortgage and coming close to retirement age.
While focusing on North Liverpool, the film highlights the fact that this wasteful initiative cost the cities of the north of England over 30,000 perfectly decent homes that people should still be able to be living in today – entire communities being disrupted and dispersed and ultimately lost forever.
With thanks to Stephen Carden for the original onsite demolition footage.
Original poem written by Jayne Lawless, spoken by Stephen Carden.
I see walls. Rows and rows. Great, strong, walls. Tall. I see walls. Rows and rows. Great, strong, tall, walls. Overlooked. But I see them. They protect. They look out. And, look in. The walls I see are old. Old. Solid. Soldiers. Marched. Still. I see all… ***************** I see machines. Loud bang. I. See. Machines. LOUD. BANG.
How we got here