Filming begins on Creggan documentary

Young people taking part in training for the new Creggan documentary. (1402MM17)
Young people taking part in training for the new Creggan documentary. (1402MM17)

Filming will begin today on a new documentary made by young people chronicling life in the Creggan area of the city over the last 30 years.

The film is being made by young people from Creggan and is a sequel to an award winning 1979 documentary by journalist Mary Holland.

The new documentary will chart the changes to life in the estate from 1979, when it was in the grip of conflict, through the period of the hunger strikes to the peace process and the present day.

It is being made as a training film and the young people taking part will receive a recognised film making accreditation.

For several weeks the young people have been training in various techniques of film-making at the digital community hub at Rath Mór centre in Creggan and on residential weekends.

One of the young people, Chloe McLaughlin, is set to interview Martina Anderson MEP today about her time as a pupil at St Cecilia’s College. “I have always lived in Creggan and it’s been interesting finding out about the area. I’m looking forward to starting the interviews and the filming,” she said.

Ruairi Friel said he has enjoyed looking at old footage of Creggan in preparation for the documentary. “Even the streets looked different because there wasn’t many cars about,” he said.

Charlene McGinley found the changes that have taken place in Creggan interesting. “Seeing how much things have changed over the years has been good,” she said.

Dean Power has enjoyed learning about film-making. “The technical side of it has been good and I’ve enjoyed training with the cameras and it’s good that we will get a qualification from it,” he said.