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Clyde Film (clip 2)

A powerful look at inner-city Glasgow in the 1980s

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Using music and images the history of the people of Glasgow set against scenes of demolition, unemployment and industrial wasteland. Montage of community activism in Glasgow in 1985, including march on George Square.

Questions & Activities


  • Why are the people marching and protesting?
  • What is the Scarlet Banner mentioned in the song?
  • How does music and editing create an atmosphere?
  • Contrast the mood with Clyde Film (clip 1) (think about colour, setting, character, pace).


Investigate the lyrics and history of the song 'Scarlet Banner'. Why was this song written? Look at other protest songs such as 'We Shall Overcome', 'The Red Flag' and can you find more recent examples. Do the songs have anything in common? Is there anything you feel strongly enough about to write a protest song?

Look at trade union history in Scotland from Red Clydeside to the Miner's Strike. Are trade unions powerful today?

The film has elements of agitation and propaganda. Look at how agitation and propaganda have been used in the past. How is agitation and propaganda still used by groups today?

Clip Details

Record Id 007-000-000-341-C
Resource Rights Holder Courtesy of Cranhill Films
Project Ref 3789
Date 1985
Genre Documentary, Community
School Subject Media Studies, History, Music, English, Social Studies
Subject Matter Citizenship, Political Literacy
Who Cranhill Films (producer), Ian Venart, Charlie Tracy, Ian Miller, Mandy Merrick, Alistair McCallum, Ken Currie (director)
Where Glasgow, George Square
Event Industrial Decline, Demonstration
Attributes Colour, Sound
Clip Length 4:36
Film Length 32:23