Tuesday, 21 January 2014

New film about the inside story of the battle against Skye Bridge tolls

The campaign against the tolls on the Skye Bridge is the subject of a new activist documentary – ‘The Bridge Rising’ – which will premiere at the Glasgow Film Theatre on Sunday.

This year marks the tenth anniversary of the end of the tolls on the Skye Bridge. The Bridge Rising tells the inside story of the campaign for the first time. From protesters to police to politicians, from the toll-collector to the Bridge engineer, this film takes you behind closed doors.

The film looks at how, after nearly a decade of campaigning, defiance, arrests and court cases, the tollbooths were bulldozed. The film highlights the islanders’ outrage against Westminster’s policy of private funding for public works and how their fight led to victory.

Producers of the film, Media co-op, describe the documentary as “packed with humour, twists and bittersweet surprises.” They added: “The Skye Bridge protest is one of the longest-running uprisings in modern Scottish history and is hugely relevant to a new generation in 2014.”

The event will also feature a Q & A after the film, with the film’s director, Robbie Fraser, and producer, Louise Scott, and some of those who took part in the film as key protagonists in the story.

For more information follow @bridgerising on Twitter or visit their Facebook page www.facebook.com/thebridgerising  For tickets: http://s.coop/première +44 (0)141 332 6535 / boxoffice@glasgowfilm.org or visit GFT or Royal Concert Hall box office.

UNISON Scotland reports on PFI and PPP projects, including the Skye Bridge, are here

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