18 February 2010

Swansea Love Story Concluded. Parts 5 and 6

There is no doubt some of this documentary suffers from being intentionally sensational. For instance, the strip club segment, which I presume was intended to convey that prostitution or sex work are two of the few career opportunites open to young Swansea women. This scene failed because these girls were obviously not from Townhill, Bonymaen, Mayhill or the other housing estates, like the other people in the film. Some of them weren't even Welsh. However, overall I thought it treated the characters with fairness and respect. Like any city, there are many sides to it and countless lesser-told stories. The grit needs to be exposed but hopefully it will encourage people to think more about the forgotten corners of the UK and what they suffer from but also what they have to offer.