A former Heanor Gate School pupil turned filmmaker is embarking on an ambitious anti-knife crime campaign.
Ashley Carter, of McGibney Productions in Derby, is producing a film called Stereotype which aims to tackle the themes of knifecrime, the power of choice andstereotyping.
Ashley, 25, formerly of Rayneham Road, hopes to raise £5,000 using the social media fundraising tool Kickstarter. He said: “Stereotyping for the country is a big issue amongst young people.
“We want to create a film that educates people on the power of choice and how the wrong choices not only affect others, but the communities around them”.
Alongside this the filmmakers will also create a series of worksheets that can be used with the film free of charge as an educational tool for those working with young people.
Producer Luke McGibney said, “Education is the only weapon against these crimes and we know after many conversations the tools we provide through the film and worksheets can help to make a difference”.
The project has already attracted award winning producer Al Clark of Wellington films in Nottingham, as well asBAFTA award winning actor Eliot Otis Brown Walters.
Local and national knife charities have also embraced the ethos of the project.
In less than seven days the campaign has raised over £1,500 pounds with over 2,000 views.
Ashley said, “People are getting behind us of all ages and from all over the country, with over 130,000 people a year affected by knife crime this is a project that people are passionate about.”
The film is based around a teenage boy, armed with a flick knife who journeys into the night to vent the mourning of his brother’s murder and finds himself locked in a moral dilemma that will change his life forever. Through Leroy’s eyes, the audience will explore the power and consequence of choice in our lives, whether to succumb to being a stereotype, or to break out of the mould.