The project aimed to give young people a platform for the creative expression of their views, hopes and fears around the Brexit issue as it directly impacts on both sides of the Border here in the North West.
An intensive Creative Hothouse was delivered with 100 media students from NWRC in September 2019 in which a series of creative industries professionals from the world of filmmaking, comedy and factual filmmaking delivered inspirational talks, followed by a five day mentored production programme to make short films reflecting their views on Brexit.
Guest speakers included comedian Shane Todd, Animator Fionnualla Deane (Dog Ears) and producer Judy Wilson (Alleycats).
A Brexit mythbusting session was held with Dr Amanda Kramer (QUB) to give the students a factual briefing on what Brexit actually means and to look beyond the rhetoric at the actual factual position.
Over the course of the week a series of films were produced, of which nine have been selected as part of the project showcase. The films deal with a range of issues including potential food shortages, cross border life, young people who were disenfranchised by the vote. Comedy is widely used, including a survivalist tale of life after Brexit, and Tayto Crisp smuggling, whilst music features strongly with the debut video from Joshua Hegarty – an up and coming rapper from Limavady.
The project has been led by Barry Fennell (Cooperation Ireland), John Peto (Nerve Centre) and Suzanne Rogers (NWRC).