Kids make their own short films of deprived life in London’s East End

16:00 26 July 2012

Schoolkids as young as eight have been given the chance to make short films of life in London’s deprived East End.

Ideas range from a drama about a boy whose older drug-dealing brother gets shot to an animation of street graffiti showing urban degradation.

They come directly from the youngsters who are being involved with every part of production, from drawing storyboards and writing the scripts to directing and lighting the film sets.

A £30,000 grant is being given to Poplar’s Housing & Regeneration community association for 75 youngsters aged eight to 19 from deprived backgrounds to work with professional film-makers. Most live on Poplar Harca’s social housing estates.

The grant comes from the First Light organisation which helps youngsters with youth-led digital media projects to develop their skills, creativity and confidence. The organisation hands out £1.1 million National Lottery money each year as part of the Young Film Fund.

The youngsters in Poplar are invited to the screening when their projects are complete, to show their skills and share their experience with the community.

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest London news

Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Do you know this man? (Photo: British Transport Police)

After a woman was touched inappropriately on a Tube train between Holborn and St Paul’s stations, police have released images of a man they would like to speak to.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Abdel Gaber may be trying to get to Heathrow airport (Photo: Metropolitan Police)

Police are asking for the public’s help to find Abdel Gaber, 84, who was reported missing from St John’s Wood on Thursday July 30.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Police want to speak to this pair (Photos: Metropolitan Police)

Detectives are hunting a man and a woman after two pensioners were robbed on their way home from the bank.

Monday, August 3, 2015
Police stopped the car along City Road.

A shotgun and several knives have been recovered by police after a car was stopped in Islington this afternoon.

Monday, August 3, 2015
The bus's roof looks as if it was sliced off in the accident (Photo: @Chromrisan)

Four people including a honeymooning bride have been rushed to hospital after a doubledecker tourist bus crashed into a tree branch, ripping the roof off.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Get your hands on some fresh trainers!

Need some new shoes to head to work or some new heels for a night on the cobbles? London24 has teamed up with online retailer Sole Trader to offer £100 worth of shoes to one lucky reader.

Read more
Take in the stunning sites of London from the summit of the O2!

Up at The O2 has teamed up with London24 to give one lucky reader the chance to experience urban mountaineering this summer with an exhilarating 90-minute climb across the roof of one of London’s most iconic landmarks.

Read more
Terrific tea, creamy cakes and splendid sandwiches at Mews of Mayfair.

Celebrate a truly quintessentially British tradition with the chance of winning a luxurious Afternoon Tea for two people at Mews of Mayfair, complete with a glass of Veuve Clicquot champagne.

Read more