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18 July 2019

Charity run.

by Jason Stone

Action For Children: “Choose Childhood” - 60s

There are echoes of the 'Lust for Life' sequence from the opening of 'Trainspotting' in this hard-hitting film promoting Action For Children, a charity which looks after the interests of children in care.

The opening shot is shockingly violent as a boy is thrown by an unknown assailant - presumably parental - into a hallway. What follows is a tale of escape, as the young protagonist dashes across the concrete walkways of a council estate as fast and furious as he can manage.

It's 'freedom' rather than 'life' he is choosing according to the voice-over, and it isn't followed by a litany of other choices, but it still feels designed to remind us of Renton's run through Edinburgh in Danny Boyle's 1996 film.

Deft camerawork and the heavy breathing of the boy adds to the drama, as he pauses en route to witness another distressed child living in the shadow of violence.

Joined by two friends, he eventually reaches an open area where a group of similarly aged children are playing football. This represents the life he should be living, and he raises his arms in triumph as much to celebrate this, as to mark the goal he's just scored.

There's a stark reminder at the end of how widespread such problems are... a child is moved into care every fifteen minutes. This serves as a damning indictment of parental neglect, and a reminder of the vast resources required to ensure there is a safe retreat for every child who needs it.

Film Production: Beetle Ⓟ Ⓦ
Director: Sam Huntley
Producer: Rupert Hall
Executive Producer: Sally Alekna
Cinematographer: Adrian Peckitt
Editor: Toby Conway-Hughes @ Marshall Street Editors Ⓟ Ⓦ
Offline Producer: Beanie Goldsmith
Post Production: Alannah Currie @ Coffee & TV Ⓟ Ⓦ
Colourist: George Neave @ Coffee & TV Ⓟ Ⓦ
Sound Designer: Jack Hallett / Philip Bolland @ Factory Ⓟ Ⓦ
Music Supervisor: Sian Rogers @ Siren Ⓟ Ⓦ
Composer: Jon Clarke @ Siren Ⓟ Ⓦ

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