Swansea Love Story
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Swansea Love Story

Screening:

    Friday 1 October 8:15pm

Runtime:

60 mins


Screening with Product
Director: Andy Capper, Leo Leigh Country: UK
Writer: N/A Original Format: DV
Dir. of Photography: Andy Capper, Leo Leigh Print Source: VBS
Producer: Andy Capper, Leo Leigh
Cast: N/A

Film Details

UK Premiere

Short Synopsis:

A gritty and challenging documentary about young heroin addicts on the streets of Swansea.

 

Review:

Part of the VBS ‘Rule Britannia’ series, this documentary opens informing us that there has been a 180% rise in heroin use registered in Swansea over the past four years. Recorded over six months the film attempts to shed some light on this shocking statistic, telling the stories of various young Swansea natives who have fallen foul to what’s been described as ‘one of South Wales’s most ever-present epidemics’.

It is an uncompromising look at the city’s drug problem with peaceful images of the seaside and hymns sung by a local male voice choir contrasted starkly with explicit footage of drug use.

A broad perspective is given. The film touches on the roots of the drug problem with the mass unemployment that inevitably followed the closing of the mines and also branches out into the issue of racial tension within the city.

But the main focus is on Cornelius and Amy, a young homeless couple who have both been addicted to heroin since they were children.

This is a sensitive and touching film but overall a bleak picture is painted of Swansea and there are no easy answers to be offered. Possibly the most poignant thing about the film is the feeling that these people had very little choice about the lives they’ve ended up leading. As Cornelius says, ‘People like us grow up with parents who are selling drugs and doing drugs, you learn where you live’.

 

All films to be screened at:

Apollo Cinema: Piccadilly Circus
19 Lower Regent Street
London
SW1Y 4LR