Susan Calman

Susan Calman

The Edinburgh People’s Festival, now in its 12th year, is about to embark on its most ambitious project yet; making a film depicting the reality behind Britain’s 2nd richest city.

‘Edinburgh: A Divided City’ will be made by professional film-makers and released to the public in 2014. It contrasts the Edinburgh of palaces, festivals, corporate HQs and extravagant wealth, with the gritty reality facing working class citizens exploited in low paid jobs, concealed in inadequate housing, facing increased impoverishment, inequality and need.

The film project, depicting both these realities, will take 18 months to complete in three stages; 1)  research uncovering the full extent of this city’s ‘double life’, 2) development of a script based on these findings and 3) making the film making itself. The budget will be £100,000.


A comedy night on Tues 11th June at The Stand Comedy Club in Edinburgh – featuring comedians Susan Calman and Vladimir McTavish – aims to help raise funds for the project. So if you fancy a good laugh and would like to help develop this important, groundbreaking new project, come along. Doors open at 7.30pm.

Tickets are available from The Stand Comedy Club, or Edinburgh People’s Festival. Any left will be sold at the door on the night.