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Directing duo Will Cottam and Carly Randall aka Will & Carly take on London’s knife crime epidemic through a poetic mix of visuals and spoken word. “No More Knives LDN” aims to positively influence the young lives caught up in this tragic cycle by challenging the conception of what it means to carry a knife and addressing the lack of support provided to young people. Enlisting 17 year-old slam poet, Maya Sourie, the team worked hard to explore the subject in a new way:

“Our visuals were to feel like living portraits — each telling it’s own story. Whether a moment focussing on an intimate performance, an art directed installation or simply capturing a ripped and ruptured plastic bag caught in a tree, desperately trying to break free. All too often, films that appeal to our youth are dumbed down and lazy — resorting to gritty, urban visuals riddled with hoodie wearing, knife brandishing or weed smoking youths. We wanted this to be different.”

This film is being released in partnership with Lives Not Knives, a London based youth charity working with young people affected by knife crime. Watch “No More Knives LDN” above and see full credits below!


Directed by Will & Carly
Words by Maya Sourie
Producer: Chiara Musoni
Cinematography: Joel Honeywell
Editor: Ellie McNaughton @ workeditorial
Colourist – Kai Van Beers @1920.vfx
Post Producer: David Keegan @ 1920.vfx
Post Producer: Aimee Kingsnorth @ 1920.vfx
VFX Supervisor: Chrys Aldred @ 1920.vfx
Casting Director: Tytiah Blake
Art Department: Afra Zamara & Ella Kirkby
Sound Design: Adam Smyth @ stringandtins
Sound Producer: Kotryna Nasutavičiūtė @ stringandtins
Composer: Joe Worters @ blindpig_tv
Composer Producer: Belinda Grew
Sound Recordist: Nick Olorenshaw
Runner: Jessica Cottam


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