Young people who are supported by EWMHS in Essex have produced a short film about mental health issues as part of the Into Film Moving Minds project.
The team of young people have been meeting together over a 10 week period to learn about film making and produce their own film called ‘Safe Space.’ They were supported by Katie Lidington, our EWMHS participation worker as well as our clinicians and some film makers from Into Film. The young people were taught about shooting, editing and acting, learning new skills and building confidence.
The Moving Minds filmmaking project has provided the opportunity for 200 young people to work with professional filmmakers to devise and create their own short film. The project culminated in a premiere on 11 December at the Regent Street Cinema in London. Safe Space was one of seven projects showcased during the afternoon and the event was hosted by Tom Davis, actor and comedian, who has been part of the Into Film work over the last year.
Our EWMHS filmmakers travelled to the premiere in style on a ‘party bus’ and Lily, Yasmin and Ria were invited up to on stage to introduce the film. It was great to hear from them how much they enjoyed being part of the project, learning more about how to make films and also how much fun they had working as a team.
After the screening Tom applauded the EWMHS team and said “That film was something else, it genuinely hit home with me. It’s an incredible piece of work and all of the people involved should be proud of what they have achieved.”
Katie, EWMHS participation worker, said ““It’s been an amazing privilege to be able to offer this project to our young people, watching them learn media skills, work together and empowering them to use their experience in a creative and positive way has been truly inspirational and motivating.”
We are now planning a NELFT screening and we have already invited Tom to join us! Thank you to everyone at Into Film who has supported this work and more importantly to the young people who took part.