Y2Kids by Rory Woods
The film compiles short clips Rory has captured in the streets of Glasgow over the past 2 years. It takes its viewer on a day in the life of a young person in Glasgow, firstly exploring the aspects of the environment they must navigate and then documenting the activities in which they partake throughout adolescence in Scotland's Biggest City.
In keeping with the authenticity of the visuals themselves, the video is also soundtracked by Contemporary Glasgow artists such as Funghis and 2 of Scotlands biggest Grime artists, MC Shogun and producer INKKE.
He shot on MiniDV because it wasn’t really a choice; he’d had always shot 35mm on the streets but since poundland stopped selling film and he had run out of Art school students he could convince to develop his film, Rory decided to find a cheaper way of making images. He’d already had a hi8 so he began to use that, filming the streets instead, but it was a pain to lug around so he downsized to a MiniDV.
RORY: “My interest in documenting how young people were entertaining and expressing themselves in Glasgow stemmed from the research I did for my dissertation as a history student. I managed to convince my adviser to allow me to write my dissertation on the Acid house movement and its relation/subversion of the Thatcher government under which it flourished. Researching, reading and watching so many sources about youth culture in the late 80s early 90s and its relation to the politics of the era made me want to try and document some of the youth culture that surrounded me in Glasgow and having already been involved in filming a couple pseudo-skate videos myself it wasn’t much of a jump to start filming the other things young people were doing.
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The purpose of the intro was to portray some of the polarising political issues young people in Glasgow have to traverse as part of their environment. I think the relation between those issues represented in the film and youth culture in Glasgow isn’t really a relation but a rejection as young people find ways to rebel against their parent culture/government and escape them, allowing them to forget about the impending doom of Brexit e.t.c and just focus on enjoying being young. This is something I attempted to portray in the film with juxtaposition of the 3 flags (Union Jack, Saltire and EU), which represent the most contentious issues in Scottish politics, and the same flags covered with the Acid House Smile to illustrate how youth culture is able to surpass the many polarising ideologies present in Glasgow and bring people together regardless of football team, or political inclination; you leave them at the door and it’s just about having fun.”
**excerpt from an interview with Rory Wood, by Rory Griffin