Southbank Centre Youth Forum in Residence SE1 United presents a screening of the 2009 movie 1 Day at Queen Elizabeth Hall, followed by an evening of discussion, stimulated by the issues the film raises, and music. Directed and developed by acclaimed British filmmaker Penny Woolcock,1 Day is a high-octane caper through a day in the life of an inner-city hustler. The film follows Flash, whose day becomes difficult when he discovers he has to repay a debt and find the money fast. Shot in Birmingham, 1 Day features original hip-hop and grime tracks and the script was developed with young MCs and musicians from Birmingham.
This special evening at Queen Elizabeth Hall is programmed, marketed and publicised by young people local to Southbank Centre and led by SE1 United, who are using the film as a stimulus for debate. Following the screening there will be a panel discussion around the themes that the film addresses, including gang violence, youth in society, role models and portrayals of urban life in art.
Invited panelists include current UK grime and hip-hop artists, young people and mentors from SE1 United and campaigners including special guest Lucy Cope from Mothers Against Guns. The event ends with an exclusive live set by a top UK grime and hip-hop artist (tba). Penny Woolcock will also be interviewed by members of SE1 United.
In January 2010 Southbank Centre's Collision project brought together artists from around the world for a two week, intensive residency with Southbank Centre Artists in Residence. During this week, members of SE1 United met and worked closely with director Penny Woolcock and were surprised and excited to find out, that Penny, who is most well known for making opera, had made an authentic film about young men in Birmingham and the realities of a life involved with drugs.