Arts4Care Film Launch Inspires


On the 10th of December 2014 the arts4care journey came to its crescendo as young people came together one last time on what would turn out to be a very special night. Their arts4care journey was to peak at their very own swish cinema launch! The atmosphere was incredible. Alongside an exciting slideshow to music capturing the their journey it was the premiere of their film “Listen To Me” In front of a packed private audience, which included family, friends and professionals. The film captured the audience with an intensity. IMG_0890The film was very well received, both moving and inspiring people. The young people took to the stage to receive a great applause and pick up their awards in recognition of the outstanding work they had achieved. Howard Lovelady, Head Of Children services for City Of York Council said that there were some important messages in the film and praised it as a stunning piece of work that needs to be seen by professionals.IMG_0913IMG_0942IMG_0932After the film Paolo Hewitt took to the stage and stunned the audience with a moving reading from his book “But We All Shine On” before signing copies of the book for the young people that took part in the project.               IMG_0927

Zoe Hardy from city of York Council’s Looked After Children Support Team, who initiated the project and helped set it up, spoke of her pride for the young people that had taken part saying they had been amazing! Discussions will now take place to explore how the messages in Listen To Me can be heard by professionals across the City.


Ellie – My Final Thoughts on #Arts4Care

“Taking part in the arts4care project has been fantastic and I am going to miss everyone. I hope to do this again at some time. It was good because it helped me to be a bit more confident about being in care. Also it was fun because we had fun and laughed with each other. Thank you for giving us this experience”


Care film production reaches its peak

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Today working with Shelly and Ellie we completed the main body of filming for our production. We were shooting the rest of the scenes the group had written and Shelly and Ellie were playing the character Charlie.

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The scenes included Charlie at home before she went into care and Charlie running away. We also shot a reconstruction of a contact. These were key experiences the young people had decided on for the film. Heres some screenshots of Shelly in her role – Charlie running away…

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Both Ellie and Shelly performed their scenes with character and brought a lot of focus. Heres some screenshots of Ellie playing her role – Charlie before going into care…

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Finally Shelly played the role of Charlie having contact with her mum. This was a regular thing at hamilton house and we used one of their rooms to film it.Screen Shot 2014-10-30 at 23.25.50

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The post production process will now begin watch the blog for updates trailers and launch details…







Care film continues production

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Today we worked with Amy and her Carer to play out some scenes for the film featuring a character called Charlie – who was going into care. Amy was very professional about the way she performed and developed in confidence as the shoot went on.

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The scene, which the group wrote, explored feelings around placements and how arriving at a placement to meet people you don’t know for the first time can be scary. The group had decided that arriving at a new place and new surroundings is a bit daunting and confusing so that was the way Amy acted the part.

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When they arrived the carer welcomed them at the door. She had a very friendly face and a big smile. That was reassuring for Charlie but she was still a bit nervous.

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They sat down in the front room and the social worker and Charlie listened to the Carer explain who she was and who lives in the house.

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After that the social worker and Charlie took Charlie’s things, which were in plastic bags, up to the room she would be staying in.

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The carer showed Charlie around.

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The social worker and the carer went downstairs to sign some paperwork and discuss some things. Charlie started to feel the situation sink in and was a bit upset.Screen Shot 2014-10-29 at 22.54.23


The scenes will feature in some way in their film which is still in production. Keep watching the blog for updates.