LET’S TALK Knife Crime Project 2019-2022

LET’S TALK, CTVT’s four year project looking for breakthrough initiatives to confront the scourge of knife crime, has been producing discussion videos since Autumn 2020. They feature a range of young people and professionals. Lockdown with Covid-19 caused the loss of one scheduled Forum, at Dulwich College in the 2020 series. The other five events involving schools and youth clubs took place as planned. 

Local organisation Elevated Minds has developed a campaigning project with local teenage boys who want to create change for the better between their community and the Police. The last three LET’S TALK videos have been dedicated to this work. Check these out on the Films page of the LET’S TALK project website.

These young people have generated links at New Scotland Yard!

LT21 Zuby meets Elevated Minds

Students in the last two 2020 Forums spoke passionately about racism in the Police and in schools. Tougher sentences were wanted, and some students called for the reintroduction of the death penalty.

We published a full video report compiled via Zoom with a number of our regular panel members reflecting on all they had heard from the schools and youth club visited. See LET’S TALK Video Report 2020.

Community TV Trust [CTVT], in schools and PRUs and workshops for the disabled and marginalised, offers media training & filmmaking, engaging people and young people in open-ended creative work, linking Community to Education. Featured above is a scene from a musical drama about knife crime created by Year 9 students at Harris Academy Peckham.

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Partnering CTVT in the second year of LET’S TALK were Ark Walworth Academy, Blue Elephant Theatre, Highshore School, Dulwich College, plus Surrey Square Primary School and Bede Youth Adventure Project returning for a second year.

CTVT has produced a large number of film dramas with the students at local Southwark schools, primary and secondary, and youth clubs, and shot many films including a one-hour documentary, “It’s A Cavendish Thing”, with students and staff at Cavendish School in Bermondsey.

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Chris Haydon, who founded Community TV Trust in 1999, worked in broadcast TV as a director and producer, learning his trade as a documentary filmmaker on 16mm at Granada TV in Manchester.