When Ken Loach’s The Spirit of ’45 was screened and discussed nationwide on March 17th, panelists and audience members agreed on the need for informed, balanced, inter-generational dialogue about current threats to the welfare state.

To facilitate this …..

Introducing The Spirit of ’13 – a short film project for 16-19 year olds. http://cemp.ac.uk/spiritof13/

Project partners: Sixteen Films, The Centre for Excellence in Media Practice (CEMP), Media Education Association, MediaMagazine

The Spirit of ’13 short film project invites young people to make 3-5 minute films that respond to Ken Loach’s ‘Spirit of ’45’ and document dialogue between teenagers and people who lived through the political changes of 1945 and / or their aftermath. The website above gives background to the film and the broader Spirit of 45 project, guidance for the process, and approaches to inter-generational dialogue.

The films can explore any theme arising from the film, with a focus on current debates about, and challenges to, the welfare state in the UK.

A panel from the project partners, including Sixteen Films, will select a range of the young peoples’ films to be screened and discussed at an event in London in December.

Please pass this on to teachers of A Level Media, Film, English, Art, Drama, History, Politics and Citizenship. This will make an ideal AS summer term or holiday project with clear curriculum links to these subjects, but we are equally keen to see films produced by all young people in the age range, whether at college or not.

So – please forward this on far and wide, and contact julian@cemp.ac.uk to get involved or to find out more.

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