Inspired by the British Free Cinema documentary movement of the 50's and 60's, Particularly Lindsay Anderson's "Every Day Except Christmas". This Documentary’s raw, uninhibited style expresses the excitement and atmosphere of an evening’s entertainment at the greyhound races.

No controversy, no interviews, no music, no presentation, no voice over, no intervention and, hopefully without starting a debate, no bias (perhaps bias can be replaced with a sense of connection through observation). Free Cinema Social Realism is about the real people and their real lives, who are just as important and fascinating as any documentary subject seen today. With so many docs that concentrate on those who have suffered or experienced something extraordinary, we seem to have lost the interest to represent or watch the real everyday lives of real everyday people, particularly those closest to home.

This was my first documentary co-directed with Paul Bass in 2009 as part of our degree and re-edited 2011. We shot on Sony DSR 250 and edited on Final Cut. Though differing slightly in style from Anderson’s day at the Covent Garden market, the homage and inspiration is hopefully apparent. Please excuse any imperfections, I know image-wise it is lacking, hopefully the cut and content make up for it.

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