Spondon documentary released on YouTube

A fascinating two-hour documentary about life in Spondon is now available to watch for free on YouTube.

'Spondon: Portrait of a Village' was made by local filmmaker Mark Rivers and first released in 2018. After debuting at that year's Derby Film Festival at the QUAD to a sell-out audience, it was later released for sale on DVD. Mark has now made the whole film available to view on YouTube.

The documentary tells the story of a year in the life of the Spondon community, its residents, businesses and local clubs/groups and was filmed back in 2016/17.

"An affectionate portrayal of a semi-rural village in the East Midlands by local filmmaker Mark Rivers, winner of Best Film at the 2015 Derby Film Festival for Masterpiece. Portrait Of A Village was filmed over the course of a year during a period of national upheaval and questioning. Meet the local businesses, societies and residents of Spondon, a community that is both thriving and clinging on in equal measure. Moving and entertaining, the film is a snapshot of life in modern Britain and explores the themes of home, community and belonging."

The film is a fascinating watch for anyone who knows Spondon. It features many familiar faces and places and meets some fantastic local characters too. Poignantly, it also features a number of people, businesses and places that are sadly no longer with us.

Watch the film on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pp0RpsIUK0E