Caring teens capture food message on camera for film

The Fair Share Youth Group from St John's Church,Ranmoor,have made a short film about greed and food.'Jack Hills is being interviwed by Eleri Birkhead with Natasha Dikran filming
The Fair Share Youth Group from St John's Church,Ranmoor,have made a short film about greed and food.'Jack Hills is being interviwed by Eleri Birkhead with Natasha Dikran filming
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Lights, camera, action!

Budding film-makers at a city youth group will see their work on screen after members created their own short movie from scratch.

Youngsters in the Fair Share youth group, based at St John’s Church in Ranmoor, are putting the final touches to the film - shot entirely in the church’s parish centre - before its premiere next month.

The film is themed around food and greed as the group, which meets to discuss social justice and global issues, worked with Christian Aid on the project.

On Sunday they met at the church to put the finishing touches to their film, created as part of the Diocese of Sheffield’s Young Filmmakers’ project.

Mike North, director of youth at the diocese, said: “The bigger message of the film is to be aware of the impact of the choices you make about buying and eating food.

“At the end of the film there are a list of tips for shoppers which come up such as making a shopping list, and only buying what you need.

“It is a local message with global ramifications.

“Everyone was laughing and cheering when they saw their film on the screen.”

The 12 youngsters have been involved every step of the way - from writing the script, casting and even creating a soundtrack on the parish centre piano.

They are the first group in Sheffield to take part in the project after a pilot project in Doncaster last year.

An invitation-only premiere will be held at the St John’s parish centre on May 17, although the film will then be showcased online.

Mike added: “I think it is a great piece of youth work as it helps people work together on lots of different things.

“There is also a buzz of achievement when they see the finished film.”

Christian Aid Intern Thom Flint added: “This project is a great opportunity for these youngsters to work in producing a film that tackles an issue which they all care about a great deal.”

More youth groups will be able to take part in the project in future.

Visit Young Film Makers to see the youth group’s film after the premiere.