Knives Down, Bikes Up – The Barbican Art of Change film by Masses Collective

Production company and creative studio Masses Collective have released a new film, directed by Matt Dempsey, in response to the current knife crime epidemic in London for The Barbican’s Art of Change film festival.



The Knives Down, Bikes Up movement is a grassroots social action project started by some of London’s youths who have been personally affected by knife violence in their communities. It’s about breaking down barriers of neighbourhoods and creating a community around cycling London’s streets.



In a recent interview with The Barbican director Matt Dempsey says, ‘As we were organising the shoot, the fatality numbers caused by knife violence kept climbing, which made me want to push harder to tell this story.’



‘A beautiful response to the epidemic of knife-related crime and violence currently threatening London’s youth.’ – BOOOOOOOM 

‘Three minutes of essential viewing.’ – Monster Children



‘A poignant response to the knife crime that has been crippling London.’ – Your Cinema 

‘A welcome (and timely) viewing experience.’ – Directors Notes


About the director

Matt Dempsey is a London-based director specialising in documentary. His work plays within the field of documentary, lifestyle, music & fashion. With a variety of skills across filmmaking, Matt has defined his style through toeing the line between visual & narrative storytelling.


More press

Somewhere Magazine 

Movement by Beryl


Film Launch Marketing & PR: Wild Minded 

Director: Matt Dempsey 

Cinematographer: Charles Mori

Producer: Kylie McDowell

Agency: The Smalls 

Images courtesy of Masses Collective


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