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‘It’s not what it looks like. I’m Santa’: connecting community through film

Jones, Susan; McIntyre, Joanna



The lived experiences of young people are becoming increasingly marginalised within the narrowly defined curricula of neoliberal contexts. Many young people are also cast within the media according to deficit discourses of youth, which contributes to the fragmentation of communities and the limitation of interaction between generations. This article describes a film project in which young people living in an ex-mining community in the Midlands of England worked in and with their community to create a representation of where they live. As part of the process, the young filmmakers did more than connect to other people’s memories as repositories of information; both as process and as product, their film can be seen to connect shared narratives of people and place, across time and space. We argue that this project offers a timely opportunity to reflect upon the ways in which we understand learning in and out of English classrooms.


Jones, S., & McIntyre, J. (2014). ‘It’s not what it looks like. I’m Santa’: connecting community through film. Changing English, 21(4),

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 1, 2014
Online Publication Date Dec 12, 2014
Publication Date Jan 1, 2014
Deposit Date Mar 2, 2016
Publicly Available Date Mar 2, 2016
Journal Changing English
Print ISSN 1358-684X
Electronic ISSN 1469-3585
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 21
Issue 4
Keywords Community, Place, Intergenerational, Youth, Film, Media
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Additional Information The Version of Record of this manuscript has been published and is available in Changing English 2014


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