Sighthill


Sighthill

Documentary following the day-to-day life of some of the residents of Glasgow's Sighthill Estate before its last two blocks were demolished.


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This programme contains very strong language.

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-You're too late.

-Is he away out?

-He's away. Five minutes ago.

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What, are you taking photographs of the new houses?

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-No, I was walking round.

-Oh, right.

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Yeah, not yet, just the final few months of the old blocks, really.

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Oh, right. I know, it's sad, isn't it?

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See when you think of all the people that's lived in these

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and they're crying their eyes oot cos they're getting pulled down.

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-Cos it was good, wasn't it?

-Ah, but it's no' noo.

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All the years, you know what I mean, living in somewhere,

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and then just all of a sudden, they've got to come down.

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You know what I mean? So, we've definitely missed him?

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-Aye. Oh, aye, he's away. Aye.

-OK.

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-Right, see yous later.

-See you later.

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-I just, boom, for fun.

-Oh, no.

-That's it.

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-Watch out, dude.

-She just went smash.

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Look at his hat. Look at his hat. Just grab it.

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Oh, I need to straighten myself up.

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TV PLAYS

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Aye.

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A guy going like that, and he says,

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"I'm gonnae pump the fucking arse off you."

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-THEY LAUGH

-She said,

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"Let us see the size of it." Takes a big bit of chewing gum,

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-sticks it right in the top of it.

-THEY LAUGH

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He says, "What's the fucking chewing gum for?"

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Every time he makes a roll-up, he puts it out, like, halfway

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and then sticks it in his tumbler.

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That's our smoke in there.

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-Remember last time we went all the way round the back...

-I know.

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..to just take the bins down?

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For the night,

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the mission - we're going to have to get £6 for that,

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£8 to get high, and then something to eat,

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so we need a score. We need to get £20 from somewhere, right?

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Whereas if we just get a bottle of cider,

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we can have a party in the dark.

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We don't need to worry about leccy. We don't worry about leccy, anyway,

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but if we can get leccy, that'll help.

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If it was me, I'd be breaking down, like I told you yesterday.

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I'd be breaking down every two seconds.

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But, right, what happens if I break down, then?

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-What's going to happen if I break down?

-Eh?

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No, like, we don't want you to break down.

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I know. That's what I'm saying. What happens if I do?

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-What's going to happen to us three, this full group?

-It doesn't mean...

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If you break down, us two will obviously be there

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-and try and...

-Of course. I know yous will.

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My point being, if one of us breaks down -

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one link in the chain - if that's broken, we're fucked.

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-There's no limit to...

-So, even though my mum might have cancer

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and she might be dying very soon, I still need to survive and shit,

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and I need the people...

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I need yous to survive, do you know what I mean?

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Whereas if I just break down, that's gonnae fuck this unit up.

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I cannae dae that. We cannae have that.

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So, we need to be strong.

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We got told she was going to die before Christmas.

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Then we got told she's got, like, a few hours, and that was weeks ago.

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-How often do you come and see her?

-Every day.

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Like, I usually come in the morning,

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but I prefer to come up when I've got food

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and when I've got leccy and shit, so that she's no' worried.

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Because when I come up, she starts to panic

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if I've got nothing to eat or that,

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so I'd rather get the leccy and shit sorted first.

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But we never managed today so I'm just going to go with nothing,

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but I'll tell her I've got something to eat and that,

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just not to worry her.

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GULLS SQUAWK

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There you are.

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There's the one I was telling you about.

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-GULL SQUAWKS

-That's it.

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See the one with the orange on its beak?

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That's the mammy of the lot.

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Aye, you. Sure you are.

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If you could get us three packs of papers, it'd be...

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Oh, wait a minute. I better gie you another ten.

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Do you need milk or whatever? I've got money here, it's all right.

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-A paper.

-A Daily Record?

-Aye.

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-I need a paper, son.

-Cool.

-Right, Gary, aye?

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He's up here every day to make sure I've got

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bread and milk and everything, to make sure I've got what I need.

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Oh, a cracking wee guy.

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Och, his sister, they're the exact same. You know, they're...

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Well, they're kind of like family to you, aren't they?

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I'm the granda!

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See, if you're talking to Gary,

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he says, "You know Lonnie? You know Lonnie?"

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"Aye, my granda."

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Emma, Laura, they're all the same. I'm the granda.

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Every bitch that comes up here, or guy, I'm the granda.

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"We're going up to Granda's." Och!

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THEY SING

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THEY LAUGH

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-ON PHONE:

-'Hello, Gaz, how are you?'

-I'm no' bad.

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Do you think we'd be able to get something to eat out of Tesco?

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'Er...aye.

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-'I'll get you at half three anyway, all right?'

-Right, cool.

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-'Cheers, Gaz. See you later.'

-See you later.

-'Bye-bye.'

-Bye.

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Right, are yous gonnae come at half three and meet me, right?

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Come to Tesco with me at half three.

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But don't let him know you're my pal, right?

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And then if he gives me money, I'll say, "I need the toilet,"

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and I'll run to the toilet. Cos it'll be half three, four o'clock.

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I'll run to the toilet. You get into the toilet,

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I'll give you a tenner and you can run down to the Barras

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and get legals.

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He may no' show he's, like, upset about his ma or anything,

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but when he's sleeping,

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you can hear him talking about his mum and that, so...

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He just keeps going, "Ma, Ma, Ma. Wait, Mum."

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Like she's gone away or something, you know.

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Gary's away to his mum's funeral the day, and Cesar's...

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I don't know where he went last night.

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I hope...

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I hope he actually talks to me about it soon, man, cos I...

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I cannae dae anything till he talks to me.

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-Has he tried?

-No, I don't even think he's...

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He just keeps coming in, taking pipes and going to sleep.

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"I never expected you to be like this," and shit.

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I'm like, "What do you mean?"

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"You stopped going to mosque," and shit. Like, fucking...

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"You're not praying no more," and that.

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They've always seen me like, "Fucking Cesar's a kid,"

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cos, like, I was smart.

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I still am smart.

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It's just I've adapted to being so fucking...

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a sinner that it's just constant, bruv. Like smoking a joint, bro.

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HE COUGHS

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-Shit!

-That's a pity.

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HE CRUNCHES

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TV PLAYS

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PHONE RINGS

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DOOR SLAMS

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HE SOBS

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Hello, my friend. Welcome, welcome.

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This is my old flat.

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I'm sorry, it's terrible. My clothes and...

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Because it's a very small flat, and old, the flat.

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This is my kitchen here.

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This is all damp. Here, damp. Look.

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You see here, it's very, very, very old indeed.

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Yeah, I can see it.

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I bought in city centre, very nice picture.

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Beautiful.

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This, I bought for £25. It's cheap.

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My wife, she finds this in the market. She's very clever.

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-If you want to open the window, better. Maybe you'll see.

-Yeah.

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Look, this is beautiful. It rains today.

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-Do you know which one is yours?

-I don't know exactly.

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People never tell me whether it's this side or this side.

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June, July, God willing, I move out of this house.

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-New house, I'm happy.

-Yeah?

-I'm very happy. Very happy.

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And happy with the house and happy with you and happy with the film.

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GARY: Missed call at 10.13.

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-Oh, shit!

-What is it?

-He's coming at half 12.

-Fuck!

-Argh!

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Fucking hell. It's, like, 12 o'clock, right?

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-Fuck's sake.

-What about this?

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Are you taking this with you or what?

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No, I'm going to look for the duvet cover.

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It's in my mum's name. They know I'm here, as well,

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so I'll get the blame of leaving it a mess.

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Simple, man.

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"Morphine sulphate. Morphine sulphate. Methadone."

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-Was that your mum's?

-Aye.

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-So, who's coming at half 12?

-My social worker.

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He's coming to move me.

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Got a stick in it and everything.

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I'm a baby of two heroin addicts.

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When I got took away, she should have went,

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"Right, I've got to get my weans back."

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I'm sitting here waiting on my mum, waiting on my family

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to stop taking heroin so I can get back home.

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But they never.

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Am I still going to see you down in Sighthill, then?

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I'll still be in Sighthill every day...

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..with Cesar and Jack and shit.

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I'm basically just moving bed.

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I'm dying to get out of here, man,

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so I can start getting back on track and getting myself together,

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do you know what I mean?

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THEY SPEAK OWN LANGUAGE

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I've been sleeping in closes. I don't even know what day it is.

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-Have you been on the streets?

-Aye.

-Where are you sleeping tonight?

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I don't know, to be honest.

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I'm just looking for a close that's open

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and hopefully just crash there for a while.

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I think that's... I think that's Cesar's mum.

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That's Cesar's mum.

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Gary, bad boy, yeah. Gary not working.

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Drinking, smoking. I don't know what to do.

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Yeah.

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Gary, he have family, that boy?

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Er...he's got...he's got sisters.

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Where is sister?

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Er, I'm no'... I don't know, like, her house number.

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I just know he's got a sister.

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You coming and we'll go for a walk somewhere?

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When I was... I got kicked out when I was 14.

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So, I just, like, slept under bridges and that.

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And then, one day, somebody offered me a joint.

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I took the joint.

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I asked him what it was and he said it was legal highs.

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And that was me right up till the noo, man -

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just constantly smoking legals, constantly kicking about toon.

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And then I met Gary

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and he was just like, "No, you're coming up the road with me."

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"No, no, I'll go sleep under a bridge.

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"I'm all right, man." He's like, "No, up the road with me."

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-So, he really took you under his wing?

-Aye.

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As soon as I got into his house, he flung me in the shower, man,

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and told me to go and lie on a bed for once.

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And it felt good, man.

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But things change.

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Payton is three, Bobby's four,

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Caitlin's six, Courtney's nine,

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I'm 11, my sister Elizabeth is 16,

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my sister Angela is 18 in two month.

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My other big sister is...

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..23, and I don't know my other brother's age.

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So, who do you share a room with?

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Courtney and Caitlin and Bobby and Elizabeth.

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-My sister.

-So, there's, what, five of yous?

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Yeah. In the one room.

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But we've got two bunk beds in there.

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I've got a blue one with Courtney and Caitlin

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and my other sister, Biffy, and Bobby,

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who's got a grey one.

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-Hi, Margaret!

-DOGS BARK

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Hello, Margaret!

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-Haven't seen you in a while.

-Just floating about.

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Sorry, man.

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Just floating about, man. Looking for Cesar.

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-How's your hostel?

-It's all right, man.

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It's nice and calm, so...

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-VIA INTERCOM:

-'Hello?'

-Cesar?

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'What Cesar? I don't know. No understand.'

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-Eh, Abel?

-'Don't know.'

-Fuck it.

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I don't know who that is.

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Do you want to move?

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SIREN WAILS IN DISTANCE

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-Larry!

-One sec!

-I cannae bring the wean in.

-Oh.

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-Too much smoke.

-Right.

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I am not smoking.

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Right, two minutes.

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-So, you ready?

-Aye.

-Have you got your letter?

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-Aye.

-Right, let's see it so I see where we're going.

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-Is it cold out there?

-A wee bit chilly, aye.

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-Where are we going?

-Going through to your house.

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-Aye, where is it?

-Fountainwell. Just there at the Callie.

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-Oh, aye, aye.

-Mm-hm.

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-You going over to the new house just now?

-Yeah, I have...

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When we get a taxi, you can come with us.

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-When?

-Just now.

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-How you doing, Mr Morrison?

-Aye.

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I'm Craig. I'm one of the house marshals.

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-You met me years ago.

-I met you.

-You remember me? Very good.

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-How you doing?

-Not bad. I'm all right now.

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CHILDREN CHAT

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-(Hello.

-Come with me.

-Yes.

-OK.)

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Bobby, listen. No, just listen.

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GULLS SQUAWK

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That's your food.

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GULLS SQUAWK

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That was my stick!

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-I'm sorry!

-Fucking... Fucking wee fanny.

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I'll put YOU in there.

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THEY CHAT INAUDIBLY

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Bobby.

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Climb up on the stone, go like that.

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HE IMITATES GUNSHOTS

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It's very nice. Lovely, yeah. Thank you, God. Yeah.

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Hey, I'm going to sign tomorrow

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and the next tomorrow, maybe he give me key.

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HE SIGHS

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THEY SPEAK OWN LANGUAGE

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Look how much I have stuff. Look, come and see. Look.

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Where I give this stuff? Look, come and see.

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Look, I have too much stuff. Where I give this in this house?

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All bin.

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Bin. Give bin. This, bin, bin.

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-OK, my friend?

-Yeah.

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Thank you very much for having me along today.

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No problem. Welcome.

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Oh.

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Some lad's gonnae take it. Quick roll-up.

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A quick roll-up, Gary.

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"Your cheque is now available to collect

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"from our office at 40 Charles Street."

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-I don't know what the cheque's for.

-HE CHUCKLES

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-Your house, is it no'?

-What?

-Is it no' your house?

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-Aye, money towards your new house.

-Aye, to do it up and shit.

-Aye.

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-Buy you all a drink.

-THEY CHUCKLE

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See them birds I feed?

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They've started fucking nipping my fingers

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if I've no' got the grub out.

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PIGEONS COO

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Oh! Oh! Hey, what did I tell you about fighting?

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Hey?

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Right, that's us. You've had your breakfast.

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-GIRLS:

-# It's a hard-knock life for us

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# It's a hard-knock life for us

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# 'Stead of treated, we get tricked

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# 'Stead of kisses, we get kicked

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# It's a hard-knock life. #

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Looks like a cat.

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-Ow!

-Sorry.

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-I'm getting back.

-Whoa!

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-Whoa!

-ALARM BLARES

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-RECORDING:

-'If you don't move now, I will call the police.'

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-What are you gonnae do?

-What you gonnae do, hen?

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-Here, Courtney, stay.

-We're going back this way.

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'If you don't move now, I will call the police.'

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Is that going to go off again?

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Courtney, let's wait and see what happens.

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Come on. Come on, Courtney.

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'If you don't move now, I will call the police.'

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HE HUMS

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They seem to struggle, don't they?

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It seems like that guy is a big, strong, muscly guy,

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but he was struggling with a mattress.

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Has that been risk-assessed, do you think?

0:28:350:28:38

Whoops! See that? I rest my case.

0:28:390:28:41

He cannae have much left, surely. He cannae have much left.

0:28:500:28:54

Bit of history, this is. That's 32 and 34 Pinkston Drive.

0:29:010:29:06

That's still standing. That's going to come down.

0:29:060:29:09

And that's 17, 19 Pinkston Drive.

0:29:090:29:12

That used to be right here, so it was.

0:29:120:29:14

That was this flat right here. Taking these. This is my memory.

0:29:140:29:17

This is all my memory and that of the flats

0:29:170:29:19

where I used to hang about and get drunk in, get my buckets in.

0:29:190:29:23

Catch you later!

0:29:230:29:25

Do you have a screw? Do you have screw?

0:29:390:29:42

-A what?

-Screw. Screw.

0:29:420:29:44

-Screw?

-Yeah, for my cooker. I need to take off, please.

0:29:440:29:47

How can I take off? My cooker, how can I take off?

0:29:470:29:51

Off, water for washing machine. Where is it? Off?

0:29:510:29:54

If...

0:29:560:29:57

Blue and red?

0:29:580:30:00

I know my situation very sad,

0:30:020:30:05

but thank you, God, I start new life in the UK.

0:30:050:30:11

After, I says, "I surrender."

0:30:130:30:17

I go to surrender. 13 years in Iran, in jail in Iran.

0:30:170:30:22

I says, "I give you food." No good. He punch.

0:30:220:30:25

Because Christianity people, you know.

0:30:250:30:27

He want change different religion.

0:30:270:30:29

I never change. Never.

0:30:290:30:33

I know if he killed me and finished my life, I don't care.

0:30:330:30:37

Where the fuck are you going, Richard?

0:30:440:30:46

Richard, when are you moving?

0:30:590:31:01

-Over the next week.

-Probably soon.

-Aye.

0:31:020:31:07

TV PLAYS

0:31:160:31:19

How you feeling about it?

0:31:290:31:31

Och, I'm looking forward to it, but...a bit apprehensive.

0:31:310:31:37

I cannae even remember what like the place looks.

0:31:460:31:50

-TV:

-'Now, you may think this flat is a little tired on the inside.

0:31:560:31:59

'Well, you'd be right. It does have an awful lot going for it, though.'

0:31:590:32:03

-This should all have been done.

-HE CHUCKLES

0:32:030:32:07

Big Ellen. Oh, Jesus Christ. Oh!

0:32:070:32:10

You never think of these things at the time.

0:32:120:32:14

It's when you sit back and you go...

0:32:140:32:17

You sit and you look back on these things and you say...

0:32:170:32:20

.."What a fucking life that woman must have had.

0:32:210:32:24

"What I must have put her through."

0:32:260:32:28

That's the place just opened and it's pure like...

0:32:440:32:46

It's like a squat right away.

0:32:460:32:48

-It's a disgrace.

-They take us for everything.

0:32:480:32:51

They take everything. They want everything.

0:32:510:32:54

Enoch Powell years ago...

0:32:540:32:56

You'll maybe no' remember him, but I remember Enoch Powell.

0:32:560:32:58

-I remember.

-Aye. And he said,

0:32:580:33:00

-"Don't let them get in or they'll take over."

-That's right.

0:33:000:33:03

Well, God bless him.

0:33:030:33:04

That man's dead many long years, but his words are coming true.

0:33:040:33:08

And from where they come...

0:33:080:33:10

They're actually killing themselves to get here.

0:33:100:33:12

Coming over in dinghies!

0:33:120:33:14

-MINISTER:

-The next folk to move.

0:33:170:33:19

And it's a very exciting time, a very stressful time.

0:33:190:33:23

It was my delight to be in three of the houses this week,

0:33:230:33:27

and to pray with folk in their new houses,

0:33:270:33:30

and I was just overwhelmed.

0:33:300:33:32

They are fabulous! They are absolutely gorgeous houses.

0:33:320:33:37

Er, I think...

0:33:370:33:39

Take this. Very important.

0:33:400:33:43

Because it's heavy.

0:33:430:33:44

Here we go, pal.

0:33:490:33:50

Come on!

0:33:570:33:59

Sometimes, if I'm happy, I remember the wars,

0:33:590:34:05

I'm going to cry.

0:34:050:34:07

Because different before and now, you know?

0:34:070:34:10

Too much different because I'm going to cry

0:34:100:34:13

because my life is fair.

0:34:130:34:16

You don't know what I felt.

0:34:190:34:21

I don't know what you feel in your heart, you know?

0:34:210:34:24

I keep my sad in my heart.

0:34:250:34:27

CONGREGATION SINGS IN DISTANCE

0:34:300:34:34

# I've got the love of Jesus in my heart

0:34:410:34:45

# And I'm so happy So very happy

0:34:450:34:50

# I've got the love of Jesus in my heart... #

0:34:500:34:54

This is new house. Beautiful.

0:34:540:34:57

-Only cupboard - no good.

-Aye.

-Cupboard small - why?

0:34:570:35:01

-You've got too much stuff!

-Yeah. HE LAUGHS

0:35:010:35:04

Maybe it's a big mistake, David Cameron.

0:35:040:35:07

He gave kitchen - big, bathroom - big.

0:35:070:35:09

-What's his benefits?

-Cupboard - big.

0:35:090:35:12

-BBC One?

-Yeah, BBC One!

0:35:120:35:14

ALL CHUCKLE

0:35:140:35:17

BBC One! BBC One!

0:35:180:35:21

This is my house here.

0:35:210:35:23

# Happy

0:35:320:35:33

# So very happy

0:35:330:35:36

# I've got the love of Jesus in my heart

0:35:360:35:40

# I am so happy So very happy

0:35:400:35:44

# I've got the love of Jesus in my heart... #

0:35:440:35:49

Let me see that.

0:36:070:36:08

-I'll go get you a wheelbarrow, right?

-No, it's all right, man.

0:36:160:36:19

No, I've got one of my own. I've got a good one.

0:36:190:36:23

-No, I'll go show you.

-Where is it?

0:36:230:36:25

Bobby!

0:36:260:36:27

-What, this?

-It's only for one minute.

0:36:290:36:32

Please?

0:36:320:36:34

-No, leave it.

-No, I'm just taking it up the green thing.

0:36:340:36:37

-No!

-No, it's ours.

-I only fricking asked!

0:36:370:36:40

-Stop it!

-Say sorry.

0:36:400:36:43

-Say sorry.

-Sorry.

0:36:430:36:45

-Say, "I'm the king."

-Get off me!

-Say, "I'm the king!"

-Get off me!

0:36:450:36:49

-Skank.

-Get off me, you stupid wee kid.

0:36:490:36:52

-Honestly...

-The polis are asking me about him, man.

0:37:010:37:05

Fucking... Fuck knows. Cos probably it's these other folks.

0:37:050:37:08

It's like every guy, yeah, who comes to your house,

0:37:080:37:11

it's a different policeman.

0:37:110:37:12

Do you get me? So, he's still reported missing around the scheme,

0:37:120:37:15

the whole of Glasgow.

0:37:150:37:17

Probably cos that fucking...guy, the lieutenant or whatever you call him,

0:37:170:37:20

tells them, "Go, go, go, go, go."

0:37:200:37:22

They're like, "OK, OK, OK," even though they don't want to do that

0:37:220:37:25

cos they like a piece of action.

0:37:250:37:27

They go like that, "Is Gary in your room?"

0:37:270:37:30

Are you fucking shitting me?!

0:37:300:37:31

-Who's the strongest out of yous two?

-Ooh! Him. No' me.

0:37:350:37:38

-He's older.

-That doesnae mean he's strongest, but...

0:37:380:37:42

-Who's stronger out of you and your pal?

-Him. He does rugby.

0:37:440:37:48

-What?

-He's a rugby player.

-Who, him?

-Aye.

0:37:480:37:53

I think you'd take him.

0:37:540:37:55

Aye, I took a boy who was in high school,

0:37:570:38:00

and it was easy to batter him.

0:38:000:38:03

-Are you in high school now?

-No, I'm primary seven.

0:38:030:38:06

Just haud it. Haud it.

0:38:300:38:33

(I'm putting something in there.)

0:38:340:38:37

CESAR SPEAKS INAUDIBLY

0:38:480:38:51

I want to see that movie.

0:38:510:38:53

Do you know it? Straight Outta Compton?

0:38:530:38:55

Dodgy, isn't it?

0:38:570:38:58

-Doesnae even smell right or... Like...

-What is it?

0:39:010:39:04

It's, er...

0:39:040:39:06

It's like the new...

0:39:060:39:08

It's called MJ Sweet. It's a new legals.

0:39:080:39:10

Instead of herbal incense, it's a herbal blend and it's fucked me.

0:39:100:39:14

Like, I need to go to the hospital soon.

0:39:140:39:18

Or the doctors or something. Fuck, that's destroyed me.

0:39:190:39:23

-You're my light, sweetheart.

-HE MUMBLES

0:39:280:39:31

HE HUMS

0:39:340:39:37

INTERCOM RINGS

0:39:390:39:42

THEY SPEAK OWN LANGUAGE

0:39:420:39:47

-Fuck sake!

-I have my boots on and everything. What's happening?

0:39:570:40:02

They're awesome, man. I like these.

0:40:030:40:05

-I'm trying to get the black and red ones, man.

-Oh!

0:40:050:40:08

-Black and red ones, man?

-HE LAUGHS

0:40:080:40:10

I'd be rocking them.

0:40:100:40:12

-Get some new ladies.

-I know.

0:40:120:40:14

-Last time...

-I went to the buroo this morning.

0:40:140:40:17

-The buroo?

-Aye.

0:40:170:40:18

Here, stop. You.

0:40:240:40:27

Now, tell me this.

0:40:270:40:29

How long is it you never went to your hostel?

0:40:290:40:31

So, I'm thinking, from here, we'll walk up this way,

0:40:400:40:44

we'll turn round the park and where all the open fields is,

0:40:440:40:47

the new road and then where the proposed allotments are.

0:40:470:40:50

This is where the dead bodies go.

0:40:580:41:00

Amazing all the thinking that's been done for this

0:41:090:41:11

and they never thought about a youth provision.

0:41:110:41:14

At that time, it was a priority

0:41:140:41:16

to get better housing for people, honestly.

0:41:160:41:18

But I'm talking about the new generation.

0:41:180:41:20

-Climb higher.

-Higher? I can go higher.

0:41:200:41:25

All right, I'll go higher for you.

0:41:250:41:27

This is how high I can get.

0:41:290:41:31

CHILDREN SHOUT

0:41:400:41:43

So, to that side will be the playground for the school,

0:41:430:41:47

but also the new pitches, as well.

0:41:470:41:48

So, this bit at the back, would that be, like, the gym hall

0:41:480:41:51

-and sports facilities?

-Yes.

0:41:510:41:52

Bingo.

0:42:120:42:14

Lighter's fucked.

0:42:230:42:25

Hide there, hide there, hide there!

0:42:390:42:41

Hide there, Gary. Hide.

0:42:410:42:43

-Seriously?

-There's two more.

0:42:440:42:46

-Don't tell anybody about it.

-OK.

-If you want some, don't tell.

0:42:460:42:50

I just moved back here to stay with my mum,

0:43:020:43:04

but she just fucking died, didn't she?

0:43:040:43:05

So, what the fuck am I meant to do? Float about here?

0:43:050:43:08

I don't know any cunt or nothing. My sisters don't even talk to me.

0:43:080:43:11

Yous have taken stuff out the club.

0:43:160:43:18

-Yous have taken trophies, bingo...

-Did you pay for it?

0:43:180:43:21

No, but it was open and it's a building, so we took two boxes.

0:43:210:43:23

It doesnae matter if it was open or whatever.

0:43:230:43:25

-You can calm down a bit, can't you?

-It's a youth centre for this scheme.

0:43:250:43:29

It's in bad enough state as it is

0:43:290:43:30

without yous taking whatever we've got left.

0:43:300:43:32

What do you mean, "Yous taking what we've got left"?

0:43:320:43:34

I took two glue sticks because the community...

0:43:340:43:36

He's got the bingo.

0:43:360:43:37

-He's got one of her tubs!

-It's nothing to do with me.

0:43:370:43:39

I didn't even know he was in there when I went in.

0:43:390:43:41

-I'm actually sticking up for you here.

-Calm down.

0:43:450:43:47

-That's what I'm saying.

-What's happened?

0:43:470:43:49

-You've come in here and taken two glue sticks?

-Aye.

0:43:490:43:51

-How did you get in here?

-The door was open.

0:43:510:43:53

-They're dumb.

-Well, you're fucking dumb!

0:43:530:43:55

You took a big, massive fucking bingo set!

0:43:550:43:57

Yeah, I wanted that! I wanted it. I wanted it.

0:43:570:44:00

If you've got to do a turn, get something that's worth a lot, that fits in your pocket.

0:44:000:44:04

Fits in my pocket!

0:44:040:44:05

You don't run into fucking Legoland and steal a big Lego boat worth £20.

0:44:050:44:10

Ready, man? Oh, right in the balls! Right in the balls!

0:44:100:44:14

What, son? What, son?

0:44:140:44:16

Argh!

0:44:220:44:23

PAPER RIPS LOUDLY

0:44:340:44:37

Right, that's going next. I'll lift all this in here.

0:44:390:44:42

Sure?

0:44:420:44:43

So, once I get that chair there, I'm sorted.

0:44:430:44:45

-Oh, mind my...

-What?

-My thing.

-What?

0:44:450:44:49

My... What do you call it?

0:44:490:44:51

Extension. It's all right, I'll get that.

0:44:510:44:53

Oh, your extension ladder? Take that with you.

0:44:530:44:55

-Have you seen all the plug sockets?

-Give us some of that beer.

0:44:550:44:58

That's all away.

0:44:580:45:00

That's it. It's just this chair and these boxes.

0:45:010:45:03

-That's going with him.

-And the lights.

0:45:030:45:05

-His cooker and his washing machine and his fridge.

-Aye.

0:45:050:45:08

And that's it. That's him out of here.

0:45:080:45:11

There it is.

0:45:150:45:16

Hey, you cunt. We don't even want you!

0:45:240:45:27

Ah.

0:45:300:45:32

Done. Have you seen Gary?

0:45:380:45:40

I haven't seen him, actually. I haven't seen him in a week or so.

0:45:400:45:44

I've had the police at my door loads of times looking for him.

0:45:440:45:47

He's went missing fae his unit.

0:45:470:45:49

-So...

-What, so, nobody's seen him?

-No.

0:45:510:45:54

Nobody's seen him at all. He's went missing.

0:45:540:45:56

He'll be fine. This is what Gary does.

0:45:580:46:01

What's it going to take to speak to him again?

0:46:080:46:11

Him sorting his life out

0:46:110:46:13

and no' acting like a daft wee boy cos he's nearly 20.

0:46:130:46:17

So...

0:46:170:46:19

Once he's sorted his life out, he comes back to me,

0:46:190:46:23

I'll maybe think about talking to him.

0:46:230:46:24

Me and my sister were in care, as well. No' just Gary.

0:46:280:46:31

He choosed to be the way he is the noo.

0:46:330:46:37

He just thinks nobody wanted him, which isn't the case at all.

0:46:370:46:40

-Hi, John. Hiya.

-Hi.

0:46:420:46:44

'He needs to hit rock bottom.'

0:46:500:46:52

Right, come on.

0:46:590:47:01

Are you going to stick your fingers up to that fucking shithole?

0:47:010:47:04

Fuck that. Up you.

0:47:040:47:07

Thank fuck!

0:47:070:47:09

Right, swap arms. Swap arms with the stick.

0:47:090:47:12

I'll grab that arm.

0:47:120:47:14

-This'll take you a walk.

-It might.

0:47:140:47:16

-Right, switch arms here.

-Aye, cos I'm the wrong arm.

0:47:160:47:20

-Grab that arm. No, grab that arm.

-It's all right, I'll grab...

0:47:200:47:23

No, you're pushing the trolley. Grab my arm. Hold my arm.

0:47:230:47:27

Remember... Where's my money? Remember I gave you my money?

0:47:430:47:46

-Where is it?

-I spended it.

0:47:460:47:49

-It's somewhere in there!

-No, it isnae!

0:47:500:47:53

It's me, Mum!

0:48:050:48:06

TV PLAYS

0:48:090:48:11

-Dad, where's my mum?

-They're in the house.

0:48:190:48:22

-Fucking there in the house.

-Just now?

-Aye!

0:48:220:48:25

SHE SINGS

0:48:270:48:30

-Is it cool?

-Beautiful.

0:48:330:48:35

-Massive?

-My room's tiny.

-Oh, it's massive!

0:48:350:48:38

-My room's tiny.

-Is it massive, aye?

-Oh, aye.

0:48:380:48:41

Keep your fucking hands off my white walls.

0:48:460:48:49

-Is this mine?

-No.

-Aw!

0:48:520:48:55

-Is this mine?

-No.

-Is that mine?

0:48:550:48:59

-How the hell...?

-Your bed'll go here, right?

0:49:010:49:04

-Caitlin?

-So, I've got quite a small room.

0:49:040:49:07

Aw!

0:49:150:49:18

Boo! My baby!

0:49:180:49:21

-Do your little dance.

-SHE HUMS

0:49:210:49:24

-My boy! Let me see if I can lift you.

-No!

0:49:240:49:27

I can an' aw! Ooh, my boy! Help me!

0:49:270:49:31

Come on, I'll get you on the pavement, son. Ooh!

0:49:310:49:36

Right, guess what? Let's get it to that old lady.

0:49:360:49:38

Right, get it, whoever's it is.

0:49:380:49:40

-And none of these wee arses are here, are they?

-No.

0:49:570:50:01

-I'll be up here...

-They're no' getting in.

0:50:010:50:04

I'll be up here going round.

0:50:040:50:06

It's nice here.

0:50:080:50:09

Look, this is... Look, two pictures. Change.

0:50:110:50:13

Look. Look, look. Come and see.

0:50:130:50:15

Look.

0:50:150:50:16

Changes. Two colour, look. Change.

0:50:160:50:19

Thank you.

0:50:220:50:23

-He's acting very strange.

-Who?

-Emma's brother.

0:51:060:51:12

Oh, he's always acting strange.

0:51:120:51:13

No, but he's acting even more strange than he normally does.

0:51:130:51:17

Do you think it's the drugs?

0:51:190:51:21

-Hey! I haven't seen you in ages.

-How are you? You all right?

0:51:230:51:27

-I'm OK. How are you?

-No' bad.

0:51:270:51:30

-Argh! Hurt my insides.

-What have you been doing with yourself?

0:51:300:51:34

Nothing.

0:51:340:51:36

Just getting about like a fanny. The usual.

0:51:360:51:39

-So, have you seen much of the guys?

-No, no' really.

0:51:410:51:44

I was with Cesar last night and Jack's in his hostel still.

0:51:440:51:48

HE COUGHS He doesnae come out much.

0:51:480:51:51

So, there's me thinking that

0:51:550:51:57

I wouldn't see you around Sighthill again,

0:51:570:51:58

and you're...and you're back.

0:51:580:52:01

I'll be in Sighthill all the time.

0:52:010:52:03

I'll be here for the rest of my life.

0:52:030:52:05

Don't know why, but I will be.

0:52:060:52:08

If you do it, put the chips in here.

0:52:130:52:15

Are you no' packing your things to take over with you?

0:52:280:52:31

-Would you help me get a trolley?

-Aye.

0:52:310:52:34

-Who's taking the telly?

-Dad.

0:52:340:52:37

We'll probably be moving stuff out till, like, nine or something.

0:52:370:52:41

Let's jog.

0:52:410:52:43

-Hey, you! I'm fae Sighthill! Argh!

-So am I!

0:52:450:52:49

TROLLEY RATTLES

0:52:550:52:58

This might have £1 in it.

0:53:040:53:07

It's hard.

0:53:120:53:14

MAN CHUCKLES, GROANS

0:53:430:53:46

Mum? I can't believe what I've just done.

0:54:050:54:08

Took a trolley and there's £1 inside it.

0:54:080:54:11

How lucky's that?

0:54:110:54:12

Cos it was shut, so I just kept smashing it with bricks.

0:54:120:54:16

That's me.

0:54:190:54:20

-Aye, so, you better go in, then?

-Yeah.

0:54:200:54:24

How do you want to go in the lift?

0:54:240:54:27

Go, go, go! Go, go, go, go!

0:54:370:54:38

# It's a hard-knock life for us

0:54:520:54:56

# It's a hard-knock life for us. #

0:54:580:55:02

You call this a pound? I shake it up and down!

0:55:050:55:10

They're 2p, aren't they? Can I have 25 of them for 50p?

0:55:210:55:25

Three, four, five.

0:55:250:55:28

That's 30.

0:55:280:55:30

30, 40.

0:55:300:55:32

Where have you got all this money fae?

0:55:330:55:36

I'm just coming in to give you your medal.

0:55:380:55:42

-Where's Mum and Dad?

-Robert, your medal.

0:55:420:55:46

Robert, just to let you know, I brung you your medal, all right?

0:55:460:55:49

Mm-hm.

0:55:490:55:51

When I was a wee boy,

0:56:400:56:42

I waited for 11 years in a bedroom to get back to my mum.

0:56:420:56:45

And then I got back and then she got diagnosed with cancer and died,

0:56:450:56:48

so I don't know what to think of that.

0:56:480:56:49

I don't even know if I've accepted it.

0:56:490:56:52

I don't know if... I don't even know if I feel it.

0:56:520:56:55

I don't know if I'm in the denial stage.

0:56:550:56:57

I don't know what the fuck's happening.

0:56:570:56:58

I reckon I'm just going to be like this forever.

0:56:580:57:01

Look at me now. I've been in care all my life.

0:57:040:57:06

What the fuck am I staying under a tree for?

0:57:060:57:08

This is all my mum's stuff, man,

0:57:300:57:31

so I should say a wee prayer right now,

0:57:310:57:34

since all her stuff's going up in the air with her, isn't it?

0:57:340:57:36

Ten massive tower blocks once stood tall at Glasgow's Sighthill Estate.

Built in the 1960s, this iconic development was home to thousands of residents before a historic regeneration project swept through the estate demolishing all the high rises over the past decade.

Sighthill tells the story of a handful of these residents who lived or frequented the almost empty remaining two blocks before demolition. New houses were being constructed in the shadow of the towers, signalling the beginning of an exciting new chapter for the people who were determined to stay and help rebuild this once thriving community.

Award-winning film-maker Darren Hercher follows the day-to-day existence of teenager Gary, who spent much of his troubled childhood in care and returns to Sighthill where most of his family still live. He faces one of the most challenging and uncertain periods of his life as his mother tragically dies.

Robert shares a bedroom with five sisters after his room became uninhabitable due to mould and dampness on the walls. A lively and energetic young boy, he dreams of moving into a new home and having his very own space again.

And Yonan, who arrived from Iraq as an asylum seeker, loves living in Sighthill after spending 13 years in an Iranian jail.

This is an intimate yet unflinching documentary exploring the final chapter of the old blocks and the beginning of a new era for the people of Sighthill.