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Teenage film-makers point way to stop knife killings

PUBLISHED: 08:32 13 November 2008 | UPDATED: 13:46 05 October 2010

Changing reels... young film-makers making 'Reel Changes'

Changing reels... young film-makers making 'Reel Changes'

TEENAGERS have made their own film on how to beat the growing knife crime which has already claimed 27 young lives in London this year so far. The Reel Change project was filmed on the streets of London during the summer by Tower Hamlets Summer University, with the backing of the Mayor of London and some Whitehall cash

Mike Brooke

TEENAGERS have made their own film on how to beat the growing knife crime which has already claimed 27 young lives in London this year so far.

The Reel Change project was filmed on the streets of London during the summer by Tower Hamlets Summer University, with the backing of the Mayor of London and some Whitehall cash.

It has interviews about their experiences of youth clubs, education, peers and life on the streets of London-even prison.

"This film gives real insight into views on youth crime, from first-time offenders saying prison doesn't work to youngsters asking for more skills training and jobs," said Mayor Boris Johnson.

"The benefits of character building youth organisations and community sports clubs were also obvious."

One thing the teenagers hit on in tacking the rise in knife crime is the need for more youth clubs and music studios.

There used to be many youth clubs in London, one teenager points out, but now there are hardly any.

The project brought 100 teenagers together from across London with a series of media courses.

It gave vocational training in multi-media skills including TV and film production, web communication, events management, journalism, marketing and public speaking.

The documentary had a private screening for 80 guests at Channel 4 and can now be seen on the Reel Change website at www.reelchangefilm.org


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