London is currently experiencing a knife crime epidemic.
In response to this crisis, some of London’s youths have banded together to start the Knives Down, Bikes Up movement which is about breaking down barriers & creating a community of like-minded riders.
The death toll from knife violence is still rising rapidly. A growing number of children are becoming victims to knife violence with under 16’s most in danger whilst travelling home from school.
Knife violence in London is a problem that even the authorities are struggling to find an answer to. This community of riders is not claiming to be solving the issue, they’re just aiming to provide a sense of community for some of the youths who may be swayed by bad influences or violence.
This film was created as a part of Barbican's 'The Art Of Change' film festival.
Directed by: Matt Dempsey
DOP: Charles Mori
Producer: Kylie McDowell
Sound Design: Goncalo Abrantes
1st AC: Mitch Noakes
Production Company: Masses Collective
Agency: The Smalls
SHORTLISTED: SHINY EMERGING DIRECTOR AWARDS 2019