Devastating After Effects

Devastating After Effects deals with a reality no mother should ever have to experience. Uncompromising, unflinching and unexpected, Devastating After Effects confronts young people with choices.

The Flavasum Trust is proud to have financially supported the production of this remarkable short film by Mark One, a BAFTA award winner. It has been made specifically for use in schools and other venues to engage young people in discussions about knife and gun crime.

Mark funded the film largely at his own expense because his family, too, has been affected by knife crime. It also received funding from the Robert Levy Foundation, another anti-knife charity, and much support from professionals in the film and television industry. Its first screening was provided free of charge by The Hospital Club in Covent Garden (pictured) and it was shown several times elsewhere during post-production. 

The final step has been the development of an education pack, which includes a DVD of the film, how and why it was made, and structured workshops that have been piloted with great success in schools.

The Flavasum Trust has been contacting London secondary schools to offer them free screenings and a workshop since 2014 as part of a three-year programme to raise awareness of the damage that carrying offensive weapons can cause.

Our workshop leaders are CRB/DBS checked and regularly visit London schools. They have received specific training to facilitate discussions using the film as a catalyst for debate, and are committed to the Flavasum Trust's safeguarding policies in schools, which can be downloaded below.

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