Pupils from Churchfields School are filming a documentary using the picturesque location of South Cerney. The young filmmakers are amongst 60 young people across Swindon who have worked with Create Studios over the last five months to encourage thought and debate about the richness of family backgrounds and common ground people share, shaping the future of our town.
Swindon Borough Council’s award-winning Media Centre, Create Studios was one of a handful of media organisations across the SouthWest to be awarded prestigious MixMediabox funding to work with young people in Swindon earlier this year.
Create Studios Manager, Shahina Johnson said, “It has been fantastic to see young people leading the way with their ideas and enthusiasm to shape the films and poster campaigns which will be thought-provoking and informative”.
Since January the Create team has been working with over 60 young people in 4 Swindon Secondary schools, all making media to create positive messages about diversity. They are now in the final stages of production gearing up for a premiere event on Monday 19 July, 7.30pm at the Wyvern Theatre.
The four schools have each approached their chosen theme, Reaching out 4 Change in different ways:
Year 9 pupils from Nova Hreod are working with Photographer Mark Pepperall of Hot Pepper Design. 35 participants are creating a poster campaign challenging negative attitudes to diversity.
Year 10 pupils from Ridgeway School, Wroughton have produced a drama made with filmmaker, Gurchetan Singh. The piece explores the similarity between 2 girls who are very different at face value.
Year 9 students from St Joseph’s Catholic College – are creating a mixed media installation working with visual media artist Jill Carter. The pieces seek to challenge themes of bullying and gang culture
The filmshoot is by 13 pupils from across the year groups at Churchfields School who are producing a documentary about the experience of being a refugee or an outsider coming to the UK, with filmmaker Keith Phillips. The South Cerney location will show them working as a team learning new sailing skills together.
Reaching out 4 Change has been led by a Steering Group of young people who are also working towards Arts Award accreditation. Arts Award aspires to support any young person to enjoy the arts and develop creative leadership. Cristina from St Joseph’s is on the Steering group and said, “It has been great to work together as a team and learn new skills. We are looking forward to putting our messages across and making people think.”
The premiere at Wyvern Theatre on 19th July will be followed by a series of public screenings on BBC Big Screen and at local libraries.