case: One Mile away

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Above: a shot from One Mile Away, a pioneering documentary.

The award-winning feature One Mile Away, co-funded by Channel 4 and Creative England, documented an attempt to bring an end to a 20-year war between two Birmingham gangs, the Burger Bar Boys (B21) and the Johnson Crew (B6). The One Mile Away social enterprise was founded by former gang members to discourage young people from gang life, as a result of the documentary.

Directed by award-winning filmmaker Penny Woolcock, One Mile Away won the prize for best film at Edinburgh Film Festival in 2012.

Simeon Moore, Founder, One Mile Away Social Enterprise, said: “Once Creative England decided to support the film, along with Channel 4, it meant that some serious work on the streets could be done. This included mediation between gangs, filming and organising what would be the end product of the film, which is a social enterprise run by former gang members that has helped reshape Birmingham.

“Creative England’s support made it all possible and I encourage them to take on more films with the aim of creating positive social change. It really does change lives.”