ChildLine unveils animated film directed and produced by Film Club

ChildLine has unveiled a winning film created by Film Club as part of its national film storyboard competition, which challenged children and young people to create a film storyboard on the theme of helping a friend and help raise awareness in the wake of ChildLine’s 25th anniversary.

As part of the competition, which was run in partnership with BAFTA Kids’ Vote, the winner could choose filmmaker to direct their storyboard and was then invited to Film Club’s London studio to experience how the film was being made from start to finish.

The winning film titled, ‘Losing The Plot’, was storyboarded by 13-year old Owain from Burton on Trent and then directed by Film Club’s Yui Hamagashira.

It is a three-minute animation with an introduction by Thor and Avengers actor Tom Hiddleston, which tells a simple story about the importance of friendship.

It opens with a young boy caught up in an act of peer-pressure vandalism who feels remorseful and goes to great lengths to make amends. The reciprocal value of reaching out to help another person is then narrated into a clever metaphorical execution.

Peter Liver, ChildLine director, commented: “We received so many brilliant, creative ideas from children of all ages across the UK. It was really hard to pick just one winner. Film Club’s work to make Owain’s story into a fantastic film means this touching message about helping a friend can reach lots of children through ChildLine’s website.”

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