Young people are bothered about politics – new short doc completed

Last year I learnt that young people do care about politics. I have just completed a new short documentary with this message in mind, which can be seen in full here:

Synopsis: Filmed entirely in Sheffield, a group of young people demonstrate that far from being disengaged and disinterested in politics and political opinion, they are switched on, articulate, straight-talking, would rather hang out with Barack Obama than David Cameron, and there’s no way they wouldn’t vote in the next election.

I was selected to produce this film as part of a project with Ignite Imaginations and The Crick Centre at The University of Sheffield. The project was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and aimed to look into the effect participation in the arts can have on political engagement and understanding among young people.

It was great to have the opportunity to work entirely with video, and I structured the film around the content that emerged from a series of art workshops, which is paired with audio interviews.

I particularly enjoyed working with a couple of very talented friends during the editing and production process – Ben Underwood wrote and recorded the music especially for this film, and Jude Goldrei offered invaluable advice on pushing the narrative, helping me focus on the important material, and letting go of all content that doesn’t fit this message.

Some stills from the film: 2Screen Shot 2015-01-19 at 17.32.57 3Screen Shot 2015-01-19 at 17.20.01 4Screen Shot 2015-01-19 at 17.20.50 5Screen Shot 2015-01-19 at 17.22.57 6Screen Shot 2015-01-19 at 17.23.32 7Screen Shot 2015-01-19 at 17.25.28