THIS IS A FILM ABOUT PEOPLE, ABOUT THE CITY THEY LIVE IN,
AND HOW THAT CITY HAS CHANGED FOR THE PEOPLE.
The film playfully reworks archive film from Oscar Marzaroli’s 1970 film Glasgow 1980 and uses previously unseen footage shot by Marzaroli for an uncompleted follow-up film, Glasgow’s Progress, alongside new footage of Glasgow today. It shows how Glasgow has been torn down, reimagined and transformed, and questions the city’s seemingly never ending urban renewal.
Commenting on the commission Chris Leslie said “This is not just a short film for architects or academics interested in urban planning and the built environment – its a film for all Glaswegians and beyond.”
“It was a real privilege to be able to use Oscar’s footage in this production – some of it seen before and some of it never seen before. Combining his footage from 1971 and 1977 with new footage I have shot in the past year creates a unique and honest portrait of the city. The city has and still is changing so fast around us, and I hope in some way this film can serve as a testament to 40 years of change and regeneration in this city, and most importantly giving Glaswegians a chance to question and challenge how far we have come.”
The premiere screening of [Re]Imagining Glasgow was held during the Glasgow Short Film Festival at the GFT Cinema on Sunday 20 March starting at 3.15pm – selling out Cinema 1 (400 + seats). The screening was be followed by a panel discussion, including: Emily Munro – Learning and Outreach officer at the National Library for Scotland’s Moving Image Archive, Chris Leslie – Documentary Photographer / Filmmaker, Karen Pickering – Director, Page\Park Architects, Riccardo Marini – Director, Gehl Architects and former Edinburgh City Design Advisor, Johnny Rodger – Writer, Critic, and Professor at The Glasgow School of Art