Screened at HOME Manchester, centre for international contemporary art.
A short documentary filmed inside of The Ashleigh Hotel, once a seaside guesthouse hosting “bucket and spade” holiday-goers. It closed its doors to the public in 1982 to become a House of Multiple Occupation; now a permanent home to a group of Blackpool residents estranged from their social networks. This is symptomatic of a wider transformation undergone by Blackpool, as the advent of cheap air travel in the 1970’s caused the traditional seaside holiday to fall from popularity. Subsequent economic problems have resulted in low property prices and a rise in the number of guesthouses no longer servicing holidaymakers but instead housing Blackpool’s enormous transient population of people facing difficulties such as such as toxic breakups, homelessness, drug addiction and unemployment.
The site was visited alone by the filmmaker over a period of five weeks and is a response to the exilic position of its residents.