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Uncle David by Shyla Lee

Uncle David by Shyla Lee

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A retired man plants seeds within young minds in the hope that they will have a more positive attitude towards themselves and their environment.

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This is a story about how one man is single handedly using his retirement years to try and improve his neighbourhood. For the last 5 years David Paine has been walking around his local streets with his dog Meg picking litter and removing graffiti from walls and trees. He finds it difficult to pass neglected public spaces and feels the need to try and improve the physical and social landscape around him.

He is an example of a spirit and attitude that has often been eroded from our towns and cities as people keep to themselves and feel unable to contribute or affect their own communities.

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7 comments posted.

  • Jan 22, 2011

    le chat noir

    What a wonderful and compelling documentary of such a community oriented spirit. Enjoyed watching this very much. 
    Certainly makes you question your own efforts.

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  • Oct 27, 2010

    Mike Nicholson


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  • Sep 11, 2010

    Mark Hardy

    Well done to all concerned here.

    Deals with the social community issue well, the sense of belonging and should be a message to all litterbugs.

    Great use of the camera and V.O.

    Hope uncle David doesn't get too agressive with people though.
    Very good inspiring work with a great message.

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  • Jul 29, 2010

    tony mc

    What a great film and what a great guy David is. If more people were like David the world would be a better place.. Well done mate, keep up the good work.

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  • Mar 1, 2010


    Hmm. The system here doesn't seem to want to post my comments. 

    Great film. Touching, amusing and memorable. Well done!

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  • Dec 1, 2009

    Film Network Editors

    We believe this film successfully tackles a divisive issue without being preachy. Do you agree?

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  • Nov 22, 2009


    this is brilliant

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