Buckler - Chapter 03
In 1989, the year I came to the area, Teesside was one of the biggest industrial complexes in Europe &ndash; by day, it was frighteningly ugly, belching multicoloured smokes and steams, accompanied by an assortment of stomach-turning smells. By night, it was disturbingly beautiful &ndash; a strange, outlandish city of lights where lines of mysterious structures marked out areas of intense darkness. I have been told that Ridley Scott, film director and native of the Tees Valley, stood on top of Eston Nab, a prominent landmark, and was so struck by what he saw that it became the inspiration behind the set of the film Bladerunner. 'Bladerunner Country' is my preferred portrayal of the Tees Valley when I describe it to people who have never visited the area, or when I try to prepare visitors for what they will encounter. Perhaps these days, following the effects of increased industrial decline and dereliction, it would be more accurate to describe it as Bladerunner meets Mad Max.