My name is Lizzie Campbell-Kelly and I will be making a documentary about the Tots, called Clan Tot.
They are a family of four Hungarians living and working in a hotel on the west coast of Scotland: two parents, Gabor and Erika and their two sons Erik and Barna, who at 18, is currently at school studying for his Highers exams. In this documentary, I want to see how their lives have changed since arriving in the UK, see them at work, with their new friends and I also want to explore the reasons behind their decision to immigrate to the UK.
Telling a separate story for each member of the family in their own segments, I will show how their lives have each been affected individually, and the struggles they have all faced adjusting to a new culture. The language barrier, the distance from family, the financial trouble, the loneliness, struggling with integrating, and everything else they’ve had to deal with, merely to survive. Then bring them back together, to visit their home-country, what was it like in Hungary? How did the situation get so bad that they saw no other option but to leave and start again? I hope to take the four of them back to Hungary to visit their old home, and the family and friends they left behind.
Exploring themes like family, friendship, overcoming difference, and ultimately, survival, but the most important idea is the idea that immigrants don’t just come here to take our jobs.We are constantly being fed negative perspectives on immigration from our media, and my interest is the other side of the story, which I will show through a close consideration of the Tots, and the people they work with, many of whom are from different parts of Eastern Europe, who all have different stories to tell about their treatment before and since arriving, and all of whom work exceedingly hard to stay here. The changes they’ve all been through have been huge, and the question I want to ask the audience is this:
Can you imagine starting your life from scratch?
What's the money for?
- All travel and accommodation costs, including a trip for the crew and the whole Tot family back to Hungary, to see the conditions and visit their old friends and family.
- A small fee paid to my camera operator.
- Costs for putting on screenings.
I aim to have the film finished by April 2014, but full details of release and screenings will be decided after filming has wrapped.
I am a documentary filmmaker based in Winchester, Hampshire with a particularly keen interest in social and political documentary. Watch the trailer below to see my last project, an award-winning documentary about the decline of ice cream vans in British culture.