March 2016

The Thief: A new short film by Synergy

Nathan is a thief. Edward is an alcoholic jazz genius. When Nathan sees Edward play, something unexpected happens, but a debt to Waleed means he’ll have to improvise.

Last summer, Synergy made a short film of a script by award-winning writer, Michael Bhim.

The Thief explores the possibility of reversing negative choices and focuses on the themes of peer pressure, exiting gangs and alternate pathways.  The short film will be utilised as part of Synergy’s education programme in schools, PRUs and partners working with young people at risk of offending and be accompanied by workshops supported by ex-prisoner facilitators.

Taking place over four days, the shoot engaged 10 ex-prisoners and two prisoners released on temporary licence from HMPs Brixton and Standford Hill as actors and production crew in roles including assistant director, camera assistant and art department assistant, working closely with industry professionals.  Of these, four have gone  their own short films through Synergy Studio’s introductory filmmaking course.

The Thief, alongside a 15-minute behind-the-scenes film, made by a cohort of Synergy’s young film-makers, was premiered at The Courthouse Hotel Cinema (a former magistrates court building) in November 2015  and will tour to schools and be entered into international festivals.

If you would like to book a screening and accompanying workshop for your organisation, get in contact with our Education Manager at Synergy can create bespoke projects for schools, colleges, PRUs or any organisation working with young people.

Written by Michael Bhim
Directed by Esther Baker
Produced by Synergy Theatre Project, Carlene King and Annie Wood
Starring Terence Maynard and Ash Hunter

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