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.
Film Launch Marketing & PR: Wild Minded
Director: Matt Dempsey
Cinematographer: Charles Mori
Producer: Kylie McDowell
Agency: The Smalls
Images courtesy of Masses Collective