Winner of Recovery Street Film Festival announced at launch event

The Recovery Street Film Festival kicked off at the Rio Cinema in Dalston on Wednesday 7th September where ten shortlisted films were screened, all on the topic of recovery and celebrating people’s journeys to overcoming substance misuse. Prizes were handed out to those finishing 1st, 2nd and 3rd.

The winning prize was awarded to a film entitled ‘Hope Inside’ featuring service users talking about their experiences of addiction and what led to their ‘light bulb moment’. The stories show that there can be enjoyment and hope in recovery from substance misuse.

Second place went to David McCollom and colleagues at the Thomas Project in Salford. The film follows a man’s journey from desperation to recovery.

Finally, third place was awarded to the film entitled ‘Jimmy’s Story’ which chronicles one man’s remarkable story from childhood to the present day.

Mark Dempster, an addiction therapist who hosted the launch, said: ‘I want to say well done to everyone who contributed to the ten shortlisted films. But of course, a special congratulations goes out to the makers of the winning film, ‘Hope Inside’ – a fantastic, inspiring film.

‘With recent statistics showing an increase in drug deaths, it is more important than ever to celebrate recovery and show people that the support is there. All of the films we saw today show that recovery is possible.’

Gemma Mukadam, Senior Practitioner at HMP Wymott said: ‘This is the first time we have entered the Recovery Street Film Festival and we are absolutely overjoyed to have won. What makes it so poignant for us is that we are a prison service and do not always get recognition for work that is going on in prisons for people to achieve recovery.

‘Our film is about there being hope inside prison. Change is happening, and people recognising this can be a massive boost for service users’ self-esteem, self-confidence, self-worth and can give them a sense of belonging and success. The reaction from the service users was extremely positive – they are thrilled we have won; they feel we have put Wymott on the map and we are all just so proud of the work being done.’

The ten shortlisted will be showing at various locations throughout September. To find out where you can watch the films, visit: http://www.recoverystreetfilmfestival.co.uk/where-to-watch/.

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