Lost Community

David Ellington's moving documentary about the closure of Bristol Deaf Club

In this moving documentary, we find out how the members of Bristol's Centre for Deaf People feel about the closure of the club building. Featuring BSL interviews with Lorna Allsop, William Coyle and Betty Smith, this clip reveals many of their memories of using the Deaf club from a young age, and they explain why the club is so important to the local Deaf community. Filmed, edited and directed by David Ellington.

To watch a BSL interview with David Ellington about this documentary, click here.

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LOST COMMUNITY: INTERVIEW WITH DIRECTOR DAVID ELLINGTON

 
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  • Extraordinary short documentary.
    Understand what its about.
    Of course very emotional.
    Posted on
    150504
  • Good bsl
    I am fully deaf n cerebral palsy for disabled
    I am old school from sir Winston Churchill for the deaf primary and secondary school south Woodford
    Posted on
    140820
  • Well, why did deaf people set up deaf pubs across the UK? They should use deaf club because there already have pub! It is their own fault that deaf clubs are closed down because they don't use it and start start outside social clubs in hearing pubs. That is why council want cut it and save money because it is half empty. Well, their fault really. Deaf people action is what this happened now. Shame on deaf community because they are selfish, only think about their own but not save deaf club.
    Posted on
    140623
  • This is shameful. Deaf people need somewhere to meet to socalise,network and pass on traditions of their Deaf culture. It's wrong that D/deaf people are being forced into more isolation ,they already fell isolated and alone living in a hearing world . Not releasing funding to help maintain their clubs really won't help. Where will they go to get information e.g on train travel,giving birth or job searching ,parenting tips? all this is done through meeting like minded people who have had experience in these areas, just as we as hearing people go to coffee mornings or mothers and toddler groups. It's not about money it's about people caring and wanting to help one another. I know several D/deaf children who cross between the hearing world and the D/deaf world,but at the end of the day they are D/deaf and they should be able to meet with other young D/deaf people and learn about life and share their experiences with other D/deaf kids. Who knows about being Deaf better than other Deaf kids. Let's hope for a better future for ALL our Deaf people young and old.
    Posted on
    140618
  • I would personally thanks to all the Deaf members from the past who make so much efforts and hard-working to running this Club. Time have change , Deaf peoples have change their lifestyle into the new 21st Century we living in. But the language , culture and identity won't dying away because we are living today in a modern world.
    Posted on
    140618
  • I'm gutted as had good memories with deaf community as when younger there was Christmas festival with loads of kids along the tables, brownies with Jean and Gloria was suppose go on a camping failed due chicken pox! Youth club to meet deaf friends was the best fun and laughter, the memories will be in my heart forever also it's so sad these days as no where to meet deaf community x
    Posted on
    140616
  • Same thing that happened at my hometown in Louisiana when Deaf Club was sold and they never found a new venue ever since. So moving and saddening.
    Posted on
    140616
  • In 1963, I visited the club when I stayed by Bristol for a few days, when I hitch-hiked throughout England and Scotland. I am from Germany. I remember the Irish family Priest, the ardent train nut John Allison (sp?) and Diane "Dizzy" Izzard. I remembered the club was packed on a Friday night. I also revisited the club in 1981 when I was in a linguistic conference, and met Lorna Allsop.

    It is really sad, it has to close. It joins the trend of club closings in the US. Also I notice now the geriatrification and decrease of the membership of the local orgainzations in Germany. But there is now an increase of political activism, mostly by young deaf academics, organized in nationwide organizations, holding their own conferences or cultural festivals. Also an increase in connecting with other deaf people through Internet.

    Best wishes to you all in Bristol,

    Hartmut Teuber
    Boston, Massachusetts, USA
    Posted on
    140616
  • aww I like end video so I know this sad and this make me bit sad and make me remember I went deaf club I was kid and Teenage sometime and I stop go Deaf Club I was 15 ;p
    now I am 27 I stay will NOT going deaf club thanks. And nice video :)
    Posted on
    140614
  • Hello! Thanks for sharing this documentary on Lost Community. I know it is hard. We face same dilemma, but we manage to grasp and work harder.

    What is the status of Bristol Deaf Club? We may help some financially.

    We pray for your recovery.

    Sincerely,

    Paul J. Kiel
    GSLAD Vice-President
    St. Louis, MO, USA

    www.gslad.org

    Posted on
    140614
  • Wow! Make me sad, very good example to show. Well done David. There's good memory over there when I joined youth club and events.
    Posted on
    140613
  • i was use thsoe club when i was teen ages as i agree with what Lorna saying as i listen and how i change my behave by her mother which i was close to and listen her .
    bigger shame to lose the club,
    i feel deaf will lost in further .
    Posted on
    140613
  • Thanks Lorna for a moving reflection about Bristol's Deaf Club. I have many happy memories of that club. Hope Bristol gets a ne w meeting place ASAP. Good luck
    Posted on
    140613
  • I enjoyed watching this, video brought back my own childhood.
    I am the hearing child of deaf parents & myself have great memories growing up in Deaf Community. Sad Bristol Deaf Club no longer continues.
    Posted on
    140613

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