A filmmaker from Northwood who released his first movie last year says the violence across London which inspired its story is only getting worse.
Sinth Siva’s Blood Brothers, which has been viewed more than 20,000 times on YouTube since its release in September 2019, showed the danger and violence that comes with gang culture.
More than a year on, the young filmmaker says the subject of his debut work is only getting worse.
He explained: “It’s evident throughout London. Five years ago, you may have heard of a teenager getting stabbed, but now it’s kids getting shot.
“Gun crime is becoming just as big a problem as knife crime was 10 years ago and if it follows the same curve as knife crime did, then it makes for a very worrying future.
“I think funding is being used to line politicians’ pockets instead of the increasing the safety of the people they’re meant to be helping.
“There isn’t enough of a police presence in the areas of London that need them most, and the people responsible for that live in the areas that need them least.”
Violence is not the only tough topic that Sinth, who scripts, produces and directs, wants to tackle with his films.
He said: “I had two scripts ready for this year. One focussing on male mental health and the other dealt with racism within all cultures, not just the majority to the minority.
“I was in the middle of pre-production for the film on mental health when COVID put a stop to all normal life as we know it this year.
“Unfortunately, in that time, the funding I sourced also pulled out so I’m looking to self-fund it again, like my first film, sometime next year when we go back to ‘normality’.”