Lamps and Lurchers
by Anna Lucas

black and white image of a youth with a football


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A portrait of unsupervised moments of escape and contemplation for a group of kids living on the edge of the Bristol. Tales of riding, rabbiting and pet barn owls reveal an unexpectedly rural contrast to the architecture of their housing estate, provoking conventional perceptions of urban youth.

Artist Anna Lucas worked with young people from two youth groups, Eagle House and The Mede located in two separate communities at opposite ends of Knowle West in Bristol. Knowle West is an area of Bristol with a poor reputation among city residents, and is one of the more deprived districts within the city, though many of the residents have a strong sense of community and there are families who have been in the area for generations.


Year 2003
Duration 5 minutes
Medium mini DV
Original format
Screening format
Aspect ratio 4:3
Audio Yes
Colour / B&W Colour
Screens 1


Commissioned by Picture This and Knowle West Media Centre supported by the Film Council First Light initiative and Aardmans.

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