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Byker & Today I'm With You DVD

Byker & Today I'm With You DVD

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Amber’s new DVD of BYKER and TODAY I'M WITH YOU. 

 BYKER ( Amber, 1983, 53 mins, colour)

When Amber film & Photography collective moved to the North East of England in 1969, Finnish founder member Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen set up home in Byker, a working class district of Newcastle upon Tyne.
She began to photograph the terraced streets and their inhabitants, her awareness of the impending wholesale demolition of the area lending urgency to her documentation.
The seminal work became a book and an exhibition, and in 1981 Amber began work on the film which,
drawing on Sirkka's photographs and interviews, on documentary footage and dramatic reconstructions, 
evokes an entire era in British working class life. It is an intimate portrait of a community faced with 
redevelopment and a celebration of the richness of its culture.
TODAY I'M WITH YOU ( Amber, 2010, 54 mins, colour)

 In 2005, Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen returned to the rebuilt Byker. The visionary Byker Wall Estate, designed by the architect
Ralph Erskine, was to have rehoused the original community intact, but inevitably didn't. In her occasionally chaotic portrait
sessions Sirkka invites the residents of the now multicultural estate to imagine their lives in 'just one picture',
hoping to create a 'virtue' community through her project. In the resulting book and exhibition, Byker Revisited, she
builds a collaborative portrait of the estate and the diverse communities who have come to share it.

Having arrived as a stranger in the original Byker, Sirkka finds herself drawn to the refugees,
mostly housed in the hard-to-let properties where the limitations of planned lifespan have become most visible,
Today I'm WIth You follows her journey, opening up on the richly complex, often transient and fragile nature of contemporary urban lives -
and the architecture that is part of the story.


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