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In the second half of 2021 we produced a film about a sculpture project created in Epsom, Surrey. It was to commemorate the suffragette famous for having died under the hooves of the King’s horse in the 1913 Epsom Derby. This was not the full story of a brave and committed campaigner who played a role in changing British society. The sculptor is Christine Charlesworth. Her work now sits in Epsom Town Centre and is greatly enjoyed.

 

Plans in 2022

Alongside our 4-year LET’S TALK project, we are in production on a film with Ole Jensen on the Brookwood Cemetery exploring minority burial grounds. This is due for completion in the summer. Previously Jensen produced the film about Millwall FC which Chris Haydon directed.

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We’re also  filming “BELT, BRACES & DISABILITY 3“, a documentary about disability in Britain. This is a sequel to two films made with previous client Freewheelers Theatre & Media Company and features three adults from the films who are now taking stock of the extraordinary world around them. This has led them to meet two Baronesses in the House of Lords and a totally blind man with a fascination for speed. Mike Newman has driven a car on his own at 200mph and runs a charity helping other disabled people develop a taste for speed. It’s true. No word of a lie. Disabled? Then there’s a gentleman with Cerebral Palsy who is married, in full employment, drives, and has started a family. Where’s the disability in that? On the other hand, Troy needs care 24/7 and the world is a different proposition for him.

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BELT, BRACES & DISABILITY 3” will also launch in the summer.

A third documentary, and one that has emerge from the “LET’S TALK”  project, is”CHANGE OF THOUGHT“, telling the story of Southwark Black teenagers creating a positive future with the Police. Screening is aimed for Black History Month 2022.

LET’S TALK filmed a Musical and a Drama

LET’S TALK filmed is scenes from a musical written, composed and performed by students at Harris Academy Peckham. The script came from real life and the murder of a former pupil in south London when he tried to intervene in a fight.

This formed part of the film screening in autumn 2019 of schools and youth clubs in Southwark.

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Filming also took place of “One Road, Two Paths“, a powerful drama by local company Movement Factory, a Peckham-based dance group for 11-19 year olds. Five dancers from the company attended the final LET’S TALK Forum at HAP and performed extracts from their production.

“LET’S TALK” Knife Crime Discussion Forums

Community TV Trust won funding from The Peckham Settlement to run “LET’S TALK”, a project on knife crime, in early 2019. The programme of discussion forums for young people to speak at has now concluded. Work on production of a documentary film and two performance films to tour Southwark and south London has begun. These will certainly stimulate thought and debate and inspire other young people.

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Here is a short film introducing the Southwark world of knife crime as registered by its young people across the LET’S TALK Forums:

The 2019 series of Discussion Forums started at Surrey Square Primary School in January to listen to young people aged ten or eleven; moved to Bermondsey’s Bede Youth Adventure Project in early February to hear from 13 year olds, and in late February met 16 year old students at Harris Academy Peckham in central Southwark. LET’S TALK returned to HAP for the fifth and final Forum in early July.

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The key ingredient throughout was the Panel of professionals invited by Community TV Trust to attend the Forums and listen to how young people described their world. The Panel convened in March to deliberate over what they had heard and consider what actions to take.

Panel members at the final Forum comprised a Deputy Director of Policy and the Ministry of Justice, a QC who sits as a Judge, a youth pastor, a Stop & Search consultant,  a music teacher and an academic, with Chris Haydon, Director of Community TV Trust as chair. All spoke about their ideas and actions:

1  bereaved parents of a recent Harris pupil were enabled to meet the Prime Minister as a direct result of two panel members speaking together;

2  an academic studying the policing of Southwark suggested a controversial idea* – no longer using the Police to combat knife crime … but all other agencies instead should get involved, namely parents schools youth services and so on;

3  Stop & Search required both parties to learn to be more respectful of each other, Police officers as much as young people;

4  Educating Parents was requested by Harris students and CTVT has agreed to host a website and YouTube channel with students driving content generation. CTVT will seek funding for this expansion of LET’S TALK;

5  Young people were urged to communicate more with the Police;

6  All were urged to provide care for victims, and this included families of perpetrators as well as of the victims. One Panel member spoke of her personal loss through a knife crime and her sorrow contemplating the convicted killer’s family who effectively lost their son too, as he will spend the next twenty five years in prison.

Community TV Trust wishes to thank its partners for this successful first year of discussion forums: they are Surrey Square Primary School, Bede Youth Adventure Project, Harris Academy Peckham. Each partner played host to one of the series of Forums.

*CTVT will publish this proposal in full as soon as possible.