My thanks to Stuart Williams, curator of the Bloxwich telegraph, who spotted this short film this evening. It’s a tribute to the lost buildings of Walsall.
Watch it to the end. It’s very, very sad. A totally brilliant, beautifully animated piece of work. Turn your sound on too.
It is credited to user SalmonCorporation, who doesn’t have any other videos. I suspect it may be the same origin as the Sister Dora Live Gig video, which amused most of Walsall when it emerged. The standards on this film, the Dora parody and The Bloxwich Tourism and Leisure Board are all superlative.
My hat is doffed. I defy you not to feel pangs of melancholy after watching it.
[Added 10 minutes after publication]
The next time someone tells you Walsall and it’s boroughs are a shithole, useless, dirty, that the people are thick, or lower class… show them this film. There’s more sharp passion and angry love in that four minutes than you’ll ever see.
The people who represent us may not give a toss. But we do.