A hard-hitting educational film about cyberbullying and online grooming has been launched at The Playhouse.
Produced by The Playhouse Street Talk Project, ‘One New Friend’ explores the hazards of cybercrime and internet safety on the lives and families of two young people.
Starring David Rawle, (best known for his role in Irish sitcom ‘Moone Boy’ with Chris O'Dowd), and actor Ellie McKay, ‘One New Friend’ will be used as a resource by artist facilitators, teachers, youth workers, police officers, and Youth Justice Agency officers.
The premier screening of the film, which is funded by Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP)and the Youth Justice Agency, took place at the theatre on Monday (3 December).
Following the screening of the film, Constable Liam Phillips, a member of the PSNI Neighbourhood Policing team led a Q&A with the audience, which included young people from St. Cecilia's College, Thornhill College, North West Regional College, and young people from the Youth Justice Agency.
Also in the audience were representatives from the Youth Justice Agency, PCSP, Policing Board, PSNI Officers, Department of Justice, Education Authority as well as community activists, and the film’s cast and crew. Actor David Rawle appeared at the event by video.
‘One New Friend’ was written and Directed by Aidan Largey; and filmed and edited by Island Hill Productions.
The film’s Producer Elaine Forde said: “We wanted to make an emotionally powerful short film which demonstrates the devastating consequences of cybercrime from the point of a view of the victims, the perpetrators and families of those involved in these offences, while also focussing on means of preventing such offences in the future.”