The first film in a series of shorts that explore gang fighting, knife crime and territorialism in Glasgow Eastend.
4 short films about Gang fighting. Commissioned by Glasgow City Council Community Safety services and Strathclyde Police (among others) these films when launched attracted a shock-horror front-page headline on a national Scottish tabloid newspaper (which sadly seemed to miss the point about the films real intent and social purpose as an educational tool!) Employing CCTV footage of gang violence (that includes at least one fatality) and graphic scenes and testimony from Glasgow’s Royal Infirmary in the aftermath of a machete attack, the stories in these films are told directly via hard hitting contributions from Gang fighters, the Police, Doctors, Victims and Parents who have lost their children to gang-related violence. The films are still in use in Glasgow’s schools and youth centres to this day.
Please note: some people may find the content of these films disturbing
Fragments from material filmed as part of Thomas Goltz's 2002 Oil Odyssey.
In the company of Goltz himself and an assortment of other traumatized war-hacks, Azeri Dancers, Moto-Cross champions, Montana Cowboys and Girls and the odd Californian millionaire biker, we followed the route of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline.
The whole road trip was like a cross between a geo-political version of Easy Rider and Fear and Loathing set in the Caucasus.
Goltz someday might get around to make a film to accompany a book he has published on the subject. Check it out on Amazon.
A pilot filmed over a day and night in the company of a group of ‘Aid Mercenaries’ mostly hardcore ex-Army truckers who drove humanitarian-aid convoys during the Balkan conflict as much for hard-cash and kicks as for any humanitarian motivations. I got access to film at one of the groups yearly reunions in the English home counties (on the condition I paid for the lamb!) with the intention of trying to get under the skin of these less than likeable characters,whose politics and attitudes many may find objectionable. If commissioned I had hoped to produce a real life version of Henri-Georges Clouzot’s ‘The Wage of Fear’ which would – as a result of the geopolitical events that followed – have probably taken me to Iraq, Afghanistan and the Congo.
Filmed in the immediate aftermath of the Bosnian conflict with former aid convoy-driver and football coach Scotty Lee, Louder than Bombs follows Lee as he attempts to use football - the peoples game - to bring together former enemies and spread a message of mine-awareness among the countries shell-shocked and traumatized youth. Louder than Bombs is like no other football documentary ever made before or ever made since (with the exception perhaps of Aubrey's sequel A Different Pitch and work-in-progress Minefield)
Scotty Lee has a simple message for the children of Bosnia:
What do you need to be a professional footballer? - Your Legs!.
Louder Than Bombs! is a film about War and Football - A game that has the power to unify as well as divide and reveals an extreme grass roots perspective on a game that's losing its heart and soul for many true players and watchers of the game alike .