“What Comes Next?” – Gabriel Brown’s new film spotlights life skills lessons

The short documentary film by the 20-year-old North East film maker raises awareness of PSHE/Life Skills lessons that have been downplayed so far in UK schools.

Gabriel Brown, was funded through the Virgin Money Foundation #iwill Take Action Fund and supported by youth charity The Key in making “What Comes Next?”. The film’s focus is on promoting the importance of PSHE/Life Skills lessons and how young people could benefit from it.

About the Film

The power behind “What Comes Next?” is its youth voice; featuring interviews from recent school leavers, young firefighters, and young protesters amongst other people, all of whom, need to have a say on the changes that should be made and the topics of life skills. Topics that actually matter to them and will be proved very significant in their adulthood.

Some of these life skills are: confidence, leadership, communication skills and general skills that can support a person throughout his life whatever career path chooses to follow. It is also stated that these life skills can help young people to deal with mental health issues and stress.

This film comes at a time when the whole topic doesn’t even have a clear title. Life skills, as helpful and important they can be, are not even considered as a regular and solid school lesson. And it’s made clear that this must change.

In the film we see that most teachers think of Life Skills as something for the parents to do. Like a family obligation to not leave their children unprotected and susceptible, a perspective which leaves schools with little to do and teachers little to say.

Almost two years in the making, the film contains footage shot from all across the North East of England featuring young people in schools and youth work settings.

Gabriel Brown, whose long efforts in making this film and his alacrity to filmmaking were featured in the short documentary: “A Love Letter to Filmmaking” (2020), told North East Filmaholics:

“It feels amazing to finally be launching this film after working on it for so long. I think this film promotes a very critical topic in schools that really flies under the radar, and I’m excited for people to see the film and share their views.”

The film is scheduled to launch on March 31st at 7pm, and will be an online premiere via YouTube on Gabriel’s YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG4mpT4SnfXQWxv6wyO7zzQ)

The premiere will be preceded by a Zoom event starting at 6.30pm, featuring young people and decision makers, both those involved with the film and externally. One or two of the young people featured in the film will be speaking at the event too. Following the film there will be a Q&A.

A change.org petition has been created in relation to the film’s message and Gabriel is encouraging young people to sign it and make their voice heard.

To secure a free ticket for the event visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/what-comes-next-be-a-young-changemaker-tickets-145715136897

To find out more visit the film’s Facebook page or Twitter.

About Virgin Money Foundation and #iwill Fund

Virgin Money that supported the film acts as a match funder and awards grants on behalf of the #iwill Fund.

The #iwill Fund is made possible thanks to £50 million joint investment from The National Lottery Community Fund and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to support young people to access high quality social action opportunities.

The National Lottery Community Fund is the largest funder of community activity in the UK – proud to award money raised by National Lottery players to communities across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

National Lottery players raise £30 million each week for good causes throughout the UK. Since June 2004, they have made over 200,000 grants and awarded over £9 billion to projects that have benefited millions of people.  

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