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Dawn House School students shortlisted for ShortReel 2015 competition!

Congratulations are in order for a group of students from I CAN’s Dawn House School after their film, Ghetto Kids, was shortlisted for ShortReel 2015 – a filmmaking competition for students aged 14-19.

ShortReel, a competition for young filmmakers in eastern and central England, was launched by the Cambridge Film Festival in association with the Arts Film Club, this year entries were judged by filmmaker Stefan Georgiou.

Narrowly missing out on the top spot, Ghetto Kids, a comedy exploring adults’ attitudes towards teenage angst, was judged fourth out of almost 2,000 entries! The winner was announced at a screening ceremony in the summer

The film was developed by four students from Dawn House’s Further Education Department; Tom Hitchen (Director) Josh Wharmby  and Barnaby Frost (Actors) and Joe Kirk (Music Producer and Composer), with the help of Media Studies Tutor, Andy Metcalfe.

Speaking about the process of making the film, Tom Hitchen said, “It was a good experience making the film. The team came up with ideas and discussed and considered the negative vibes of ‘gangs’ and decided to show what the reality may be for some young people who were attracted to it. It seemed right to make it a comedy, this helped get the message across.”

Barnaby Frost, one of the stars of the film said, “Acting came naturally to me, and it’s something I’d probably do again. It’s great that we were finalists and were 4th out of 2000!”

And the group are already working on their next masterpiece.

Josh Wharmby who acted in and wrote the plot of the play said, “I got the idea from real life, hanging out with people in my area – it just made sense, and the story is very relatable for people my age. I thought it was important to try and break the stereotype.

Best of all, making the film was good fun for us, it’s something we really enjoyed. Look out for our next short film ‘Stuck in a Loop’ about an unemployed boy who has a life-changing experience.”

Watch Ghetto Kids in full here: