New teen drama aims to tackle gang culture
It’s gritty, dramatic, deals with gangs and domestic abuse – and the entire film is the work of teenagers in Salford.
Fearless, a new 20 minute drama tells the story of one young woman’s ordeal at the hands of her gang member boyfriend and how an anonymous report to Crimestoppers helps her regain her life.
It was written, performed, filmed and edited entirely by young people from Salford, backed by Salford City Council, Greater Manchester Police, charity Crimestoppers which allows people to pass on crime information completely anonymously and the Greater Manchester Police and Crime Commissioner.
Councillor David Lancaster, lead member for environment and community safety, said: “Over 150 high school pupils spent two months working with a theatre company last year exploring the impact of gangs on their local communities.
“Young people said loud and clear that gangs ruin lives and communities and then created thought-provoking performances to ‘Stand up for Salford.’ It’s about showing young people that they too can stand up against criminals in their city.”
Harrop Fold’s drama was chosen to be filmed for the Crimestoppers website and it has been brought to life by students from UTC@MediaCity who handled everything from choosing the actors to lighting, editing and the musical score.
Gary Murray, Crimestoppers Regional Manager said: “Crimestoppers are proud to support the premier of the Fearless film, helping to remind and educate young people that they too have the option to report crime anonymously.
The drama, which will go on to be shown in local schools, is part of work by Project Gulf to tackle organised crime and show young people positive alternatives to a life of crime.
Set up in 2009 by Salford City Council and Greater Manchester Police, Gulf has won national praise for its pioneering work which now brings together over 20 local and national partners to learn all they can about gangs and disrupt their activities.