Glenview youth group’s hard hitting film about drug abuse to be shown at Clonmel film festival

Aileen Hahesy

Aileen Hahesy

A group of Carrick-on-Suir teenagers have created a gritty short film portraying the devastating impact of drug abuse on young people’s lives that will be shown at the International Film Festival in Clonmel this week.

The members of Foroige’s Glenview Citizenship Group showed their film “Deadly Deception” for the first time at a gathering of family, friends and community workers at Glenview Community Centre in Carrick-on-Suir two weeks ago.

The 14-minute fictional drama tells the heartbreaking story of a young girl, whose boyfriend turns out to be a drug dealer and she ends up dying in tragic circumstances. It was shot over four days at different locations around Carrick-on-Suir over a period of six weeks earlier this year.

The film’s plot and script were devised by the Citizenship Group members. Five of them acted in the movie and another group worked as backstage crew. The cast included Shannon Doherty, Shannon Hayes, Shannon Murphy, Shauna Keyes and Caoimhe Walsh. Working behind the camera were Nicole Walsh and Daryl Walsh.

Ardfinnan based film maker Will Nugent helped and guided the young Glenview residents to devise, shoot and direct the film earlier this year and was very impressed with their talent both behind and in front of the camera, their work ethic and the way they gelled as a team.

“They were given a brief to come up with a short film that would show the effects of drugs and alcohol misuse. It was a very heavy topic for young kids to take on board and I was a bit worried because they were so young but they went for it and they were fantastic to work for.

They came up with the story and devised the script themselves. They told the story their way. It was really powerful.”

Mr Nugent, who is director of the International Film Festival Ireland taking place in Clonmel this week, said he facilitated the young people to make their own film rather than directing it and calling the shots.

“I gave them a lot of freedom. In the end the crew did most of the filming, some were as young as 13. I gave them a little workshop on how to work the camera. The only thing I did solo was the editing.”

Thirteen year-old Caoimhe Walsh played the role of the tragic girlfriend’s friend in “Deadly Deception”. She told The Nationalist she thoroughly enjoyed the experience and would love to try acting again.

She said they chose drug abuse as the subject of the film because there was a lot of people taking drugs in her community, which she believes is very disrespectful to everyone else who lives there.

Caoimhe and the rest of the actors and film crew only saw “Deadly Deception” for the first time at the premiere night in the local community centre.

“1 thought it was brilliant. The story looked like it was really happening,” said Caoimhe, who has just begun second year at Comeragh College.

Glenview Citizenship Group entered “Deadly Deception” in this year’s Foroige Youth Citizenship Programme and Awards and made a presentation on the project at the competition’s regional final in Cork in May.

The film will be shown in South Tipperary Arts Centre today (Wednesday) as part of Yuth Fest, one of the fringe events of the International Film Festival Ireland.

Sarah Dunleavy, Carrick-on-Suir Neighbourhood Youth Project youth worker, said the group worked extremely hard on the film and contacted various agencies to find out about drug misuse.

“They have gained lifelong skills in areas such as leadership, confidence building, organisation and team building. The group plan to continue to raise awareness about drugs misuse and to work with the Neighbourhood Youth Project,” she said.

Two other short films made by young people involved in Carrick-on-Suir Neighbourhood Youth Project groups are being shown at Yuth Fest this week. They are “Ella Dilemma” and “Foroige Is For All”.