Project Description

Dream It Large!  (2009)

Film making and public billboard project commissioned by the young people of ‘The House’ in St Austell.

Context: teenage pregnancy, post-industrial Cornwall, grabbing attention, young people take the lead

THE WORK

Young people from The House youth facility at Polkyth Leisure Centre in St Austell worked with the Blind Ditch VANLAND film making project to research, script and storyboard a film on the issue of teenage pregnancy. In the film the fictional characters Collette, a 15 year old St Austell girl, and her boyfriend Andrew of the same age, go through the emotions and anxiety connected to the belief that she might be pregnant. The film follows Collette as she plucks up the courage to buy and take a pregnancy test.
The young people themselves were responsible for fundraising for the project, and were successful in obtaining a grant from the Terrance Higgins Trust to make a film specifically about teenage pregnancy. Statistics show that there is a greater chance of young women Collette’s age getting pregnant in St Austell than other areas of the UK. Young people at The House saw an opportunity to do something positive in the area to address the issue. To raise further awareness of the project and issues surrounding it, the young people painted giant storyboards from the film and displayed them in public places around St Austell.
The Dream it Large! was visioned by Blind Ditch and commissioned by the young people themselves after a competitive application process and interviews with prospect artists and arts groups.

Photography by Ben Sheriff and Blind Ditch

PARTNERS

Funded by: Groundworks and the Terrance Higgins Trust.
A Blind Ditch VANLAND project – film making and screenings that collaborate with communities to develop projects about and with the places that they live.

EVENTS

  •  11th September-14th November 2009 Film making workshops and public space billboard exhibition, St Austell, Cornwall

PROJECT LINKS

Project Website: VANLAND
The House: young people’s centre in St Austell

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Visioned and facilitated by Cat Radford and Volkhardt Müller. Delivered with film maker Ben Sheriff with help from the staff  and youth leaders at The House.

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