This is Local London
By Bruce Thain
A film made by young people about gangs in the borough has been nominated for a national award.
The team of young filmmakers from media charity Exposure made Ganged Up last year as part of summer project and the film has been shortlisted for the BFI Future Film Festival award in the documentary category.
Gary Flavell, who edited the film and led the project, said: “It’s amazing to be nominated for the award and its great recognition for all the hard work of the young people put into the project.
“It started as a summer project for young people and we really wanted to raise awareness about of the problem of gangs in Haringey.
“Our work is all about young people leading projects and to be recognised by an organisation like the BFI is fantastic.”
The team worked with young men involved in gangs and used their stories to create the documentary.
Mr Flavell added: “Our aim was to show people what it is like for people in Haringey but we also gave gang members a voice. They are demonised a lot by people and it is important to remember they are human beings as well.
“What I found interesting was they fear they lived in. They realised they had made a decision when they were young and they just couldn’t get out of it now.”
Exposure was founded in 1996 as a charitable young media enterprise offering people media training from its base at the Muswell Hill Centre, in Hillfield Park.
The BFI Future film festival will take place later this month with Ganged Up being shown on Monday February 18 and the winner announced the same day.