Friday 14th September, 2018

Young Film Makers Pass Screen Test

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Three young north Cambridge film makers have scripted, produced and directed their own film, as part of a Romsey Mill youth project.

Irfaan Rahman, Michael Reed, and Marley Wallace produced a short film called “Gang Life”, which warned of the dangers of getting involved in dealing drugs. The film was shown at the Total Arts Film Festival in Cambridge and at a special community screening in Arbury, in the summer.

The boys attended a Romsey Mill after-school club and expressed an interest in producing a film to the youth workers who ran the group.

The budding film producers wanted to create a film about how gang culture and drugs was starting to have an affect in their local area.

Romsey Mill had received match funding from Cambridge City Council and A14 Community Fund to run a media and film making project and lent the boys some equipment and arranged for an experienced film making tutor helped to show them what to do.

Over a period of 9 months the boys scripted, starred, directed and edited their film and invited their friends to take part.

One of the boys, Michael Reed, described ‘Gang Life’ as an anti-drugs film. He said: “The film highlights the dangers of drugs and gang violence influencing young people’s lives in London and beyond. We want to make a series of films developing the story further and deeper as well as exploring the characters in more depth.”

Irfaan Rahman said: “We are really thankful to Romsey Mill for the opportunity and help, we couldn’t have done it without them.”

Looking to the future, Michael said: “It’s the best thing I’ve ever done and I want to make more films when I grow up.”

Mark Stanyer, Romsey Mill's Lead Youth Development Worker for north Cambridge, said: "We want to create opportunities with young people to be engaged in positive activities that interest them and will benefit them.  This film project is a perfect example. As well as enabling the young lads to express themselves creatively, it provided a means by which they could share their concerns and hopes for their community."

Mark added: "The film that they have produced is excellent and they should be very proud of what they have managed to achieve, with the skills they have learned, in such a short space of time."  





Romsey Mill's young film makers, who produced their own film