Video: Passionate filmmaker Penny Woolcock explains how she built up trust with several leading figures in a long-running gang dispute, and how going in to the project with no judgments served her well. Musician Zimbo explains how the documentary's hip hop soundtrack and music in general is key to ending hostilities.

Profile: Penny Woolcock is a British film director, opera director and screenwriter. She didn't begin filmmaking until her thirties, and has since directed seven films, including Mischief Night - a poignant and humorous drama about multicultural Britain.

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The makers of the film are working hard to get the movie into the hands of inner city youth all over the country - in schools, in the community and in prisons.  To make that possible, they have set up a Kickstarter funding campaign (closing April 11 2013). Find out more.

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One Mile Away

  • Mon 25 June 2012 (suitable for ages 13-18) "We're all working together towards a common aim..." Director Penny Woolcock describes the powerful unity of purpose that developed between her and the gangs during and after filming.

    Mon 25 June 2012 (suitable for ages 13-18) "We're all working together towards a common aim..." Director Penny Woolcock describes the powerful unity of purpose that developed between her and the gangs during and after filming.

    Director Penny Woolcock and hip-hop artist Zimbo talk to FILMCLUB Reporter Jack about their documentary One Mile Away - a compelling examination of the decades-long feud between two rival gangs in Birmingham. The film was crowned the winner of the prestigious Michael Powell Award for best new British film at the 2012 Edinburgh International Film Festival.

One Mile Away’s Films

  • Detail image from Mischief Night

    Mischief Night
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