Film project could be a real lifesaver

Film Oxford’s Geron Swann

Film Oxford’s Geron Swann

First published in News

A FILM inspired by the death of a 15-year-old boy is hoping to get funding from a new grant scheme.

Oxford-based film and digital media centre, Film Oxford, in Catherine Street, is seeking cash for its youth project, River Safe.

The idea was generated by Digital Youth, a group of 15 Oxfordshire teenagers who meet each Wednesday at the Film Oxford centre. The team, aged between 14 and 19, were inspired after taking surveys at local schools to discover what water safety knowledge their peers had.

The film project holds further significance as some Digital Youth members knew 15-year-old Oxford Spires Academy pupil Hussain Mohammed, from Cowley, who died after jumping from Donnington Bridge in May 2012.

They applied to Oxfordshire County Council’s Chill Out Fund, launched earlier this year, which supports schemes encouraging youngsters with positive activities during their leisure time.

Film Oxford centre director Geron Swann said: “We’re making a film about how young people can enjoy the river and waterways around Oxford safely in the summer months.

“The group wanted to produce something that reminded people about basic safety when around water.

“There have been some very tragic deaths, particularly teenagers, and it’s about making people think more when around water. The plan is for the film to be aimed at teenagers because these are the people that have tragically died.”

Alongside providing training sessions to young people involved with the project, funding will enable the group to develop their initial concept and begin key research prior to filming.

Talks during school assemblies and tutor groups will then take place, where the four- to six-minute film will be shown.

Hoping to spread their river safety advice across the city, outdoor screenings throughout Oxford will be held at areas including Rose Hill, Hinksey Park and Cutteslowe.

Support will also be sought from Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service which will provide advice and guidance to the filmmakers.

Mr Swann said the project was important as other safety films “were not engaging enough for a teenage audience”.

He added: “Hopefully it will save lives and it will make people think a little bit more about the dangers of the river but at the same time teach them not to be afraid and enjoy the river safely.”

People aged from eight to 19, or those with learning disabilities aged up to 24, could benefit from the Chill Out Fund. The deadline for applications is May 27.

For more, see oxcentric.oxme.info/cms/content/chill-out-fund

Our top stories:

Update: Man arrested after teenager raped in city centre

Oxford Mail:

11:57am Saturday 20th September 2014

A MAN was arrested today after a teenager was raped in central Oxford.

Woman raped in Headington flat

Oxford Mail: Thames Valley Police logo

3:24pm Saturday 20th September 2014

A WOMAN was followed into a Headington flat and raped this morning. 

Referendum vote gives PM a spring in his step

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Saturday 20th September 2014

WITNEY MP David Cameron has congratulated the people of Burford for organising a mock “referendum” on the issue of Scottish independence – but has admitted he was more relieved to find out the result of the actual poll.

Oxford United Wright issues warning

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Saturday 20th September 2014

Jake Wright believes it will be key for Oxford United to avoid getting dragged into a physical contest if they are to build on a midweek win when Stevenage visit today.

It's off - three-day city festival is cancelled

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Saturday 20th September 2014

A THREE-day festival set to take place on Oxford’s South Park next weekend has been cancelled due to poor ticket sales and rumours that one of its big name stars had pulled out.

Google wipes search results for 20 people's convictions after just one person's 'Right To Be Forgotten' request

Oxford Mail:

8:40am Saturday 20th September 2014

THE convictions of 20 people have been wiped from Google search results because of a single complaint in the latest controversy caused by a controversial European privacy ruling.

Man hurt in A40 crash

Oxford Mail: Thames Valley Police logo

8:40am Saturday 20th September 2014

An 85-year-old man was last night in hospital with back injuries following a crash on the A40 on Thursday.

Cocaine dealer jailed

Oxford Mail: Oxford Crown Court

8:40am Saturday 20th September 2014

A man who tried to escape from police carrying £200,000 worth of cocaine in his car has been jailed.

Two women sexually harassed by cyclist

Oxford Mail: Thames Valley Police logo

8:40am Saturday 20th September 2014

A cyclist who sexually harassed two women is being hunted by police.

Man missing for days

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Saturday 20th September 2014

A SEARCH has been launched to find a missing man.

Heavy rain warning

Oxford Mail: May Thunderstorm

8:30am Saturday 20th September 2014

A YELLOW weather warning for rain is in place across the county this morning.

Superstar Annie supports city art event

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Saturday 20th September 2014

EURYTHMICS star Annie Lennox has given her backing to an Oxford artist’s fundraiser to support an Oxfam project in Niger.

Search for more explosives is continuing

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Saturday 20th September 2014

A HOUSE in Bicester which was raided by police looking for explosives on Thursday is still being searched by officers.

Man with the special spade is Gravedigger of the Year

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Saturday 20th September 2014

THE man who “made good” the grave in which Didcot schoolgirl Jayden Parkinson was buried by her killer has been named Gravedigger of the Year.

Comments

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree