'Trouble' is a short film which takes its audience on a journey through the care and justice systems of Scotland through the perspective of its young person protagonist.
Made with support from the charity Action For Children, 'Trouble' was made to accompany the Kilbrandon Again report - an enquiry into how well Scotland supports young people in trouble. The report is a partnership between Scotland's Children and Young People's Commissioner and Action For Children, supported by the University of Edinburgh.
In the early stages of the project, and during research for the film, there was a recurring theme of young people who had been interviewed about their experiences in the care and justice systems of Scotland asking others to step into their shoes, to view things from their perspective. This informed the approach of the film, with Trouble taking the form of a first person journey through those systems, and the complex situations which young people can face.
A big goal of the film was to let an audience really connect with the young people's experiences depicted on screen, so it was felt that literally placing the audience in the shoes of the young person protagonist would be very effective. Most importantly, it was about putting the focus on the young person's situation and experiences. The aim was to create a very subjective feeling, but as encompassing as possible, perspective on the issues and concerns the film was being made to explore.