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Last Updated: Friday November 18 2005 13:57 GMT

Kids launch their film about guns

Screen grab from The Ends
A scene from the film
A group of children from South London launched their film about gun crime to MPs and the press this week.

The Ends was written and directed by a group of 30 young people aged between 10 and 18 - to highlight the horror of violent crime where they live.

The nine-minute film took six months to make and won the best short film award at the Raindance Film Festival.

It will be shown in schools around South London to spread the message about the dangers of violent crime.

The idea came after the Crime Concern's Kickstart project decided to run drama workshops for young people in South London based around the issue of gun and violent crime on an estate in Southwark.

Rebecca Donnelly, project manager at Kickstart told Newsround: "After six months of drama workshops where the young people acted out role-play scenarios on gun crime, we realised that there was a need to make a film on the issue."

'Spread the message'

The group went on to write the story for the film and then the script and it was shot over four days with the help of the film company Link Productions.

One of the stars of the film is 15-year-old Tiffany James who plays Angela - a girl who gets shot and is killed.

She told Newsround: "There is a lot of gun crime especially in Southwark where I go to school. The film is trying to spread the message that it could happen to anyone. The film is realistic about what could happen - that once the trigger is pulled you can't take it back."

Kickstart are planning to run workshops and develop worksheets to accompany the film when it is shown in schools.

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