Lesson in Diversity
Young people from Fazakerley High School met the cast and crew of the British film ‘The Weekend’ for a lesson in diversity, resilience and careers in the arts.
The visit was a part of a national tour, which aims to inspire young people from all backgrounds to embrace who they are and be confident, as well as give them an overview of the careers and opportunities that are available for everyone within the arts and film industries.
As well as promoting diversity in the arts the session aimed to help students to develop key PSHE skills such as team-work, self-esteem and resilience.
Leading the tour is the films director Sheridan De Myers. Sheriden has worked on TV, movies and commercials including Thinking out Loud and Money and Grime.
Director Sheridan De Myers said: “The film ‘The Weekend’ is really a coming of age story about staying true to yourself – your friends, opinions and personal style – no matter if you feel different or how others make you feel. This is a really important message for young people to hear and understand.
“Our aim as filmmakers is to tell compelling stories that resonate; to inform, educate and entertain the masses whilst creating positive stereotypes regardless of age, race or gender. We want our images and ideas to disrupt and engage to make people think, feel and reflect and I hope we have done that today.
“At the beginning of the sessions you have lots of blank faces and confused looks but then you see the young people opening up and getting inspired and who knows what might come of it, there might be the next Ridley Scott in the room.”
Mrs Cubbon from Fazakerley High School added: “I really want to thank the cast for today’s presentation and film. It really supports what we aim to teach our young people. Today’s world is competitive, and our students will face challenges. They need to understand the importance of being motivated in such a competitive world.
“Today taught the students the importance of self esteem, confidence but also the important lesson that its ok to make a mistake, its how you handle the mistake and move forward that’s important.”
Also taking part in the session were the casts leading actors – three of London’s hottest YouTube stars: Joivan Wade, Percelle Ascott and Dee Kaate, collectively known as JPD3.
Through their various social channels, including The Wall of Comedy, they have built a global audience in excess of two million. Having acted together in E4’s Youngers and appeared individually in Doctor Who, Eastenders and a number of original film projects, they saw The Weekend as the perfect script to take their collective talents to the silver screen. The original story was conceived by Kojo, a stand-up comedian with a rapidly growing reputation, while the cast also features famous prankster Ashley Inkz, comedian Arnold Jorge, and TV personality Shanie Ryan.