Shootstraight workshops and films give a voice to disenfranchised youth.
Groups of young actors from marginalised communities are assembled, and, without a theme, and through a process of unlocking each others imaginations, develop characters and stories for short films.
Some of London’s hardest to reach and most vulnerable creative young people have found a platform for their voices and a safe place to develop their talent on Shootstraight projects.
Shootstraight has successfully reached young people who are NEET, have been excluded from school, are homeless, who grew up in care, or who are in the criminal justice system .
Shootstraight projects engage young people aged between 11 and 25. Young people from across this age range tell us how much more confident participation in our workshops and films has made them feel, many of them having moved on to full time or higher education or employment.
Audiences at our screenings agree that the storytelling and performance work that the young people produce is of a very high standard.
"I can say without exaggeration that the results have been astonishing. The children become fascinated by and involved in the activity. The exclusion of such children is idiotic because they are the kind of people who go into the film industry."
Lord Falkland, Hansard HL 2 April 2014 col 998