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Lancaster West Estate in Adulthood

Date posted: 01.06.2008

Adulthood is the sequel to the 2006 film Kidulthood written and directed by upcoming British film talent Noel Clarke.

Both films take the audience deep into London's underbelly, delivering a raw, hard-hitting reflection of what life is like for 21st Century teenagers, where sex is currency, drugs are easy to come by and violence is a way of life. However the film aims to send out a positive message to the community - highlighting that crime does not pay.

Having visited the Lancaster West Estate some three years earlier with the filming of Kidulthood, the crew returned to the location to shoot scenes for the sequel - generating a buzz of excitement among residents. 

Area Manager of the estate Damian Donnelly said; 'Lancaster West is an increasingly popular and iconic location due to the unique style of 70s design and very diverse community, many of whom have come from war-torn and deprived backgrounds.'

Location Manager on the project, Vinnie Jassel recalls; 'The Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation were really helpful to us. We filmed on their property, often at short notice and within anti-social hours and nothing seemed too much trouble to them. For a small film with no budget it was refreshing that people were willing to be involved in something positive for the community.'

Philip McWalter, Contracts Manager at the Kensington & Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation, added; 'I have worked with Vinnie on a few occasions and always been impressed by his professionalism. From his initial request he showed his wish for community involvement and for the message to be spread, not just from the screening of the film, but from it's making too.'

It was this commitment which led the production to get local residents involved in the project, by learning about film production as well as inviting them to watch the making of the movie and to become involved as extras.

Phillip continues, 'We welcome filming in the range of properties we manage in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and particularly like to encourage youth participation in these projects. We have a Film Unit page on our website to assist and encourage approaches to be made to us and we have a long and fruitful track record of providing locations, liaison and support for the film industry and other Arts projects.'

To film at Lancaster West Estate or any other of the properties managed by the Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation please email filmunit@kctmo.org.uk.

For further information about filming in Kensington and Chelsea please contact the Borough Film Officer on 020 7341 5133 or filmoffice@rbkc.gov.uk