Young Southwark filmmakers and musicians in are being given the opportunity to make a film or record their own music in a competition launched at the Unicorn Theatre last week.
The Safer Southwark Partnership is asking young people aged 13 to 25 to submit film and lyric ideas before 19 June. Shortlisted entrants will then work with professional film or music production companies to create a finished piece of work that could help them break into the film or music industry.
Film scripts, lyrics, demo tapes or auditions will focus on challenging themes relating to peer pressure, including alcohol, sex, gangs and knives.
"Young people are an important part of our solutions to tackling crime," explains Jonathon Toy, head of community safety at Southwark Council. "The competition gives every young person in Southwark the chance to put across their views about the issues that are affecting them and their friends.
"We know from last year that there's a lot of talent out there so we're encouraging young people to write something meaningful about these issues and they could be recording and releasing their original material."