#TwoKidsLost is live

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Two kids lost                Two kids scared               Two kids lonely               No one cared

Our latest film, Two Kids Lost is live. Its been made by young people working with SHYPP and other youth projects and it’s great to work again with Toni Cook after the success of our previous film “The Story of Mary and Joe”.  The project has consisted of over 30 sessions, working with a core group of 10, 16 to 19 year olds, 4 young mentors and 3 filmmakers.

The young people have been involved in all stages of the project from coming up with the concept, writing the script, location scouting, acting, shooting, directing, editing and composing the music.  We were fortunate to be able to work with the poet, Joelle Taylor who helped us get our words down on paper.  We also spent time with Lisle Turner, director, who helped us to develop the script and supported us throughout the filming process.

We started back in April when the young people first got together, shot the film over the 3 hottest days of the summer and then culminated in September when we showed the film to a packed out studio at The Courtyard Hereford.  Its was satisfying to see everyone’s hard work shown on a cinema screen.  We had so much positive feedback and you can watch a short film of the event by following a link at the bottom of the page.

There are so many people who contributed to the film and we have tried to include everyone in the credits.  We would like to thank our funders, Into Film for all of their support and help to get the film made.  The biggest thanks go to all the young people who created the film, we learnt a lot from each other, can’t wait for the next project.

You can watch Two Kids Lost by clicking on the link at the bottom of this page.  If you want to watch it in all its glory on the big screen its being shown again at The Courtyard Hereford before all of their showings of Ken Loach’s “I, Daniel Blake” later this month.

SHYPP inspires young people to dream more, learn more, do more and become more.  If you want to help future SHYPP projects please consider donating or becoming a Friend of SHYPP.

Sit back and enjoy the film.

Previous posts from the project
1. Film of the premiere at The Courtyard Hereford in September.
2. Michael’s post on being the director of photography on the film.
3. Blog of Joelle Taylor helping us on the poetry for the script.
4. Behind the scenes film of Two Kids Lost.

Synopsis
Two Kids Lost is a modern day retelling of the story of Hansel and Gretel where two sisters find their home life with dad and stepmother intolerable. Rejected and removed from home they embark on a journey to discover who they really want to be.

Using poetry as the narrative the film explores their isolation, fear and questions if they are the only ones experiencing these feelings.

Two Kids Lost is collaboration between mediaSHYPP and Toni Cook working with vulnerable and disadvantaged young people from across Herefordshire aged 16-19. The young people have created all aspects of the film from poetry to sound design, actors to storytellers, camera operators and editors under the guidance of the professional team from mediaSHYPP and Toni.

After its premiere in Hereford in September the piece will be performed at Ledbury Poetry Festival 2017 with live elements, echoing the very successful Story of Mary and Joe made by the same team in 2015.

This project takes place with help from Into Film an organisation supported by the BFI through lottery funding which seeks to put film at the heart of young people learning and development.

About Into Film  Into Film seeks to put film at the heart of children and young people’s learning and cultural experience.  Our ambitious UK-wide programme provides 5-19 year olds with unparalleled opportunities to see, think, make and imagine, contributing to their educational, cultural, creative and personal development. We will achieve this by working with the education and informal youth sectors to support and promote learning through and about film. Partnering with industry to enhance the appreciation and understanding of film. Taking advantage of the learning solutions made possible by digital technology. Into Film incorporates the legacy of two leading film education charities, First Light and FILMCLUB, and works with a range of partners in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Into Film is supported by the BFI, together with funding from the film industry and a number of other sources. Into Film is a trading name of Film Nation UK.

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