Where I come from, there are a lot of stereotypes about young people, from all backgrounds and social groups. What I want to do is change the way people perceive the London youth.
It is a view among many people that young people get involved in gangs, especially groups of young black males. My friends and I have been stopped and searched a multiple of times for, what I feel was no real reason whatsoever, other than people assuming we’re part of a gang or up to no good.
I want to smash this false idea that young people are involved in gangs and crime. A lot of the problem is that young people think being in a gang is ‘cool or equals respect’ because of the portrayal in the media. It is not – behaving and acting like criminals only gets you into trouble, and makes others think less of you and other young people in the long run.
But also, I want to stop people labelling young people as being in gangs, as often this labelling pushes young people to live up to that stereotype.
I wanted to make a satirical, unique film which depicts a failing gang to emphasise the message that being in a gang is far from the best choice to make. I want to inspire any young person who is lost (and who is thinking of joining a gang) to stay away and make the right choices, and I also want to show other people that stereotypes may force people into a gang culture.
Working with Fixers has been a developing experience for me and my team. As I am myself as an aspiring director, it has been invaluable watching and learning from the team, meanwhile knowing that I am making a difference to the lives of other young people.