The superficial inducement, the exotic, the picturesque has an effect only on the foreigner. To portray a city, a native must have other, deeper motives - motives of one who travels into the past instead of into the distance. A native's book about his city will always be related to memories; the writer has not spent his childhood there in vain.
...a serious work of art, and arguably as seminal a portrait of Glasgow as the novel, The Dear Green Place, the film, Red Road, or Joseph McKenzie's photographic collection, Gorbals Children. The films are hypnotic. Shot in black and white, the camera contemplative and compassionate, they reveal Glasgow and the surrounding countryside in a new way – beautiful, sinister, languorous, weirdly empty.
Scotland on Sunday
...lingering, atmospheric, beautifully made, easily comparable to Patrick Keiller’s psychogeographical films of London.