Budding ‘Spielbergs’ from Wrexham college focus on success


Phil Robinson

A TEAM of students from Yale College, Wrexham, have reached the final of a national competition that challenges young people to make a film to help keep their peers safe on the road.

Emily Roberts, Ceirwen Lewis, Georgina Robertshaw, Ryan Ankers and Christian Slater are all studying for a National Diploma in Media Production and live in Wrexham and Chester.

The friends are hoping local support will help them win the online public vote that will decide the eventual winners.

The competition, called In the Can, has been running since September, 2009 and has attracted more than 50 entries from individuals, teams of young people and educational establishments across the country.

Six of the films have now been shortlisted for the final.

Emily Roberts said: “I came up with a gaming concept to act as a metaphor for a car crash and presented the idea to the group.

“We decided to pursue it as it was a different approach to most road safety campaigns.

“We felt the gaming concept also hit our target audience of teenagers who are more likely to drive under the influence of alcohol.

“Some of the actors in the video are performing arts students at Yale College and are very good friends of ours.”

If the students are successful they will pick up the first prize of £1,000 and their film may be used by road safety teams across the country.

In the Can spokesman Nick Rawlings said: “Young people understand how to communicate with their peers and we hope to learn from the approaches they have taken.”

Winners and runners-up will be decided by public vote in the campaign website: www.inthe can.org.uk.

Closing date for voting is June 25.

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