Jordan and Rebecca McGibney have launched an anti-knife campaign via their film Stereotype.
The campaign, launched on www.kickstarter.com/projects/mcgibney/short-film-stereotype will raise £5,000 to create a film exploring three key themes; Knife Crime, the Power of Choice and Stereotyping. Both the film and workshops will be launched in September.
Jordan McGibney is former pupil of Denby’s John Flamsteed School and used to live at Bargate.
Co-director Rebecca McGibney 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 directors 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. Police recorded 5,023 serious knife crimes in England and Wales in the first three months after they began to count the offences as a separate crime category last spring.
The project has already attracted award-winning producer Al Clark of Wellington Films, BAFTA award-winning actor Eliot Otis Brown Walters, alongside knife charities both local and national who embrace the ethos of the project.
In less than seven days, the campaign raised over £1,500 pounds with over 2,000 views.
Jordan McGibney 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.
The directors are putting on a number of events alongside approaching local businesses and associations to build support and funding for the project.
Producer Luke McGibney added: “It’s important that we gain the support of local groups in the making of this film as I would like the project to have a long shelf life, hence creating worksheets that can be used each year and free of charge.”