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Winning film captures the dangers of alcohol for young people

With Dudley having higher rates than the West Midlands for all alcohol specific conditions for under 18s, alcohol abuse is a serious problem that the Office of Public Health are running on-going campaigns to tackle and educate young people.

As part of this work, the Office of Public Health has been working with Creative Media Production students at Dudley College to produce a series of short films to raise awareness of alcohol misuse with young people.

The joint project involved the students researching the issue, conducting interviews and developed a range of promotional materials that were showcased at an event, where an audience of 180 staff and students voted for their 'most liked' film.

The winning film was produce by Dudley College students Josh Hill, Brandon Marson and Gianni Osbourne, who's powerful one minute film illustrated how alcohol can contribute to the break-up of a family up and lead to children being taken into care. The film also went onto show how looked-after children can in turn start to misuse alcohol.

Gianni Osbourne explained "The project was really hard as we had to develop an idea that explained how alcohol links to children in care. Some of the things we found out through our research stunned us and helped us to produce a film that shocked and upset the audience.

"The project meant I could use the skills I've learnt at college and made me more aware of the dangers of alcohol and the impact parents drinking can have on their children.

"We rose to the challenge," Josh Hill said, "by using what we'd learnt at college we developed our ideas and produced a winning film. It felt great when we were voted the winners and having real experience of producing a film for an external client will look good on my CV when I apply for a job."

The learners worked on this project for four months in five production teams, producing separate videos that focused on five at risk groups, which were BME groups, young people, young female drinkers, looked after children and children in care and young people working in stressful environments.

The final videos will be available to access on the young people Think Alcohol website and will be showcased throughout the college

Claire Binnion, Creative Media lecture at the college said "Working with the Office of Public Heath on such an emotive subject has been a real eye-opener for our students. The films were very professionally produced and using the showcase event as a premier to launch the films was a great experience for the students.

"When the votes came in for the five films, the film about looked after children was clear winner and having watched it on a large screen it made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up."