Date posted: 01.03.2007
The First Light Awards ceremony took place in London this week and Fast Break has walked away with Best Drama.
Fierce Productions stormed the show with their film, Fast Break. At a time when gang violence in South London is dominating the headlines, this film has received high praise for its treatment of the issue of young people carrying weapons.
Fast Break tells the story of two basketball-obsessed brothers whose future is thrown into doubt when one of them is caught with a knife. The film addresses the consequences of carrying weapons not only for those who do but for the people in their lives.
Fast Break was made with a group of fifteen 13-15 year olds from Battersea Technology College together with Brixton-based production company Fierce Productions. The film was created over a week in the Easter holidays last year, during which the young people devised the story and learned how to use the film equipment.
The lead actors in Fast Break attended the star-studded awards ceremony, alongside talent such as Imelda Staunton, Danny Dyer and Sean Bean. They have also appeared on Richard and Judy and attended a reception for the nominees at 11 Downing Street hosted by Gordon Brown.
Fast Break and Fierce Productions have been supported by the Lottery through the UK Film Council’s First Light Movies initiative.