This Is Stanley

A 6 month social documentary producing an hour long documentary film, photography exhibition, website resource, book and printed media.

On a hilltop not too far from Newcastle, Durham and Sunderland, the former mining town of Stanley overlooks rolling countryside all the way to the North Sea in the east and to the Pennines in the west. With the decline of traditional industries in the North East as a whole, as well as in this town, much of the supporting infrastructure has fallen into decline: empty buildings, a struggling high street, lack of investment by big business or local government until very recently, reputation for crime and deprivation, a town that according to both insiders and outsiders should be bulldozed.

Over a period of six months Simon Green filmed the inhabitants of Stanley and the surrounding areas. The resulting film was premiered to an audience of 400 people at Stanley Civic Hall along with an exhibition of over 200 images. The film and the exhibition were also shown in local community centres and the film has had over 25,000 views on YouTube and over 70,000 views on social media. The film was accompanied by a website and a series of full length interview videos that can be seen here.