My Life: Children of the Road

Chris Morris

Research output: Non-textual formDigital or Visual Products


Research Context

“My Life: Children of the Road” arises from a long-term programme of research (1989-2013) concerned with ways of documenting the changing nature of childhood (Praxis theme) and the effective distribution and/or delivery of documentary television content for children (Praxis form). The research context for this project is built upon a desire through the act of making to create work that is honest in its approach to its subject. “In every honest bit of writing in the world…. there is a base theme. Try to understand men, if you understand each other you will be kind to each other. Knowing a man well never leads to hate and nearly always leads to love.” (1938 journal entry by John Steinbeck included in the introduction to ‘of mice and men’ Steinbeck, J. (1984) London: Penguin)

Research Imperatives

This particular work “Children of the Road” is an intimate documentary portrait of three Irish traveller children, prior to their eviction from Dale Farm in Essex. The film offers unique access and a rare glimpse into the lives of children on the margins of society and excluded from the mainstream. The film acts as a counterpoint to programmes such as ‘My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding’ and attempts to produce a fresh narrative, generated through explicit and implicit documentary storytelling. The key concepts and thematic concerns underpinning this project to be broadcast within the children’s television time zone include identity, gender, prejudice and representation.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2010


  • television documentary


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