Where Poverty Lives At The Seaside

It’s almost become a cliché that British seaside towns, barring the likes of Brighton, are now nothing more than dilapidated versions of their former selves.

Once the scene of thriving tourism industries, these towns have been crippled by years of declining industries and austerity.

Within this short documentary a focus is place on the small Essex town of Harwich in an attempt to uncover one of Britain's underlying problems.

The town has been described by local foodbank volunteers as an epicentre for modern day poverty with a mixture of poor education, transport systems and job prospects has slowly taken its toll.

  • James Cropper
  • James Cropper
  • James Cropper
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    17 minutes 9 seconds
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    United Kingdom
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    United Kingdom
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Director Biography - James Cropper

James Cropper is a recent journalism graduate from the London College of Communication who hopes to forge a career in video journalism and documentary production.

With a keen passion for politics, James’ work mainly concentrates on issues of social justice, activism and human rights.

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Director Statement

As stated in the overview this documentary focuses on one of Britain's overlooked issue; poverty throughout seaside towns.

I choose to produce this documentary following what I can only describe as a random and unplanned trip to one such town during which I was left shocked by the shear scale of deprivation.

The documentary was produced, directed and edited entirely myself over the course of a four month period from November 2016-February 2017.