Swindon – A Portrait of a youth

“Swindon – A Portrait of Youth” is a snapshot of opinions about growing up in the UK. Teenagers rarely have a voice and a platform to speak about their aspirations and fears. With far-reaching political decisions being made around them, director Robin Mason explores what this group thought about growing up in Britain. Swindon is not a particularly wealthy area nor a town that suffers from intense poverty. It doesn’t have a single industry which the town’s economy is reliant on, but instead has benefited from cheap land, ideally located; making it a good place for company headquarters and manufacturing. For these reasons, it seemed an appropriate place to get a snapshot of youth in Britain. Interviews were conducted with 15-18-year-olds on the phone throughout 2017 and the short film was completed in 2018.

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