Youth of Today film

A film made by teenagers and older people that challenges negative ideas about them is now available.

The Youth of Today - seeing the person behind the image, premiered on Friday 2 October 2009 at the Cornerstone in Didcot.

The film was made by young and older people from Thame and Abingdon with the support of Vale of White Horse and South Oxfordshire District Councils.

One of the highlights of the film is a lasertag (similar to paint-balling) skirmish between teenagers and pensioners.

The original idea for the film came from Southern members of the UK Youth Parliament who felt the media focused too much on negative stories about young people rather than highlighting their achievements.

Teenagers and older people got together to make and star in the film which aims to show that though they are generations apart and at opposite ends of the age spectrum, they have an awful lot in common.

The team were taught basic film making skills so they could script, direct, shoot and edit their film in their own way.

The film will be shown at neighbourhood action groups, to help older people understand that young people are not an immediate threat. It will also be made available to other groups and organisations across the two districts.

Linval Shepherd, aged 22, production team member from the Foyer in Abingdon said:

"We wanted to show that young people do good things in the community. The media are always more interested in bad stories like knife crime and never seem to want to feature the good things teenagers are doing.

"Tonight is the first time I've seen the film and I really hope its message will spread. We want to prove the media wrong."

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