Set in 2044, Florrie James’s film Brighthouse is a reflection on and reaction to ideas around regeneration in the east end of Glasgow. It speculates on a future Glasgow, where areas are designated Civil Exclusion Zones. We follow Tal through The Walled City, her experiments with methods of survival and her explorations of resistance, hope and community.
Brighthouse began development with Florrie’s interest in the activism surrounding the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, engaging with groups such as Save the Accord (a campaign group formed around the demolition of a day centre for people with learning difficulties) and Glasgow Against Atos (an objection to the multinational Atos being a sponsor of the Games due to their involvement in the administration of certain state benefits on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions.) From May 2014, Florrie led a series of discussion groups, film screenings and workshops at Bridgeton Community Learning Campus in the east end of Glasgow, inviting local residents, activists, play workers and other interested groups to explore ideas within, against and beyond the failings of the city.
Production of the film began August 2014 in locations around the Glasgow 2014 Games venues and Athletes’ Village, including: the Cuningar Loop, North Lanarkshire; Baltic Street Adventure Playground, Dalmarnock and GalGael, Ibrox. The final film was screened locally at Cineworld Parkhead, The Forge, Parkhead, Glasgow on 25 September 2014.
All Sided Games set out to find new ways to work with families in their locality, seeking out areas of mutual interest by thinking and acting through the production and presentation of art. Six commissions by Jacob Dahlgren, Mitch Miller, Cristina Lucas, Nils Norman and Assemble, Florrie James and Dennis McNulty brought artists, individuals and groups together in and around venues built or used for the Edinburgh 1970 and 1986 Commonwealth Games and the Glasgow 2014 Games. The project also explored and expanded on ideas of the local through How Near is Here? a symposium and intensive programme.
This is an archived programme entry.