A group of young carers in Westminster have become scriptwriters, actors, directors and editors thanks to art:space, our creative programme for young carers funded by British Land. In a spooky turn of events, they produced a thrilling horror film in time for a special screening for friends and family on Halloween!
On the first day, the young carers participated in an intensive filmmaking course, led by professional filmmaker and BFI Film Academy Mentor, Lesley Pinder. After experimenting with making short films they mindmapped ideas for the final project. They then devised a story along with characters, a script and a storyboard for filming the next day before becoming directors and actors in their own film! The whole process was documented into a ‘making-of film’ so the young carers could see how they’d progressed over the course of the project.
A member of staff from Spurgeons Tri-Borough Young Carers commented, “The young carers have felt proud and happy of what they have achieved here. Getting the films later on a DVD will be a great thing for them to have and to share with their friends, and they can reflect on the exciting work they’ve done”.
One of the young carers commented about art:space Westminster “I really liked having a variety of young people like myself to socialise with. It got me out of the house during the holidays and I am now more confident in the work that I do.”