Midlothian film project to engage with local youths

Some of the youngsters at the screening
Some of the youngsters at the screening

A group of Midlothian teenagers who made short films about what alcohol means to them, are hoping to take their work into their communities.

The two hard-hitting films were screened at a special event at the Filmhouse cinema in Edinburgh recently.

Sixteen youngsters from Penicuik, Mayfield and Gorebridge were involved in the MYPAS Thinking Differently project in partnership with Screen Education Edinburgh..

MYPAS development worker Alexis Simpson was delighted with the screening.

She said: “It went very well, I think the young people involved were incredible, I’m proud of what they managed to achieve, and seeing it on the big screen really solidified what they have been through.

“The young people are so passionate about the films. They want to see how they can influence others. They are now wanting to become our action group, developing a resource to use on young people that come to our group.

“One of the ideas is to take the films into communities here, to raise awareness around alcohol issues. To use the films either as a discussion piece or create activities around them. It’s their call.”

One of the five-minute films, ‘Being Loopy’, was shot in Dalkeith over three nights, it tells the story of a young man who thinks he is a sensible drinker, until he gets flashbacks to a night out. The other, ‘Karma’ was shot in Mayfield, it tells the story is of a girl who is beaten up by a group of girls, but the leader of the group gets her comeuppance.

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