Director’s new flick puts focus on knife crime

A screenshot from Stereotype, directed by Jordan McGibney. Photo contributed.
A screenshot from Stereotype, directed by Jordan McGibney. Photo contributed.

A film which focuses on anti-knife crime, directed by a former Bargate man, is poised to stage its premiere next week.

The film, which is titled Stereotype, is based around a teenage boy, who is armed with a flick knife and who journeys into the night to vent the mourning of his brother’s murder.

Jordan McGibney

Jordan McGibney

He then finds himself locked in a moral dilemma that will change his life forever.

Through Leroy’s eyes, the audience explore the power and consequence of choice in our lives, and whether to succumb to being a stereotype, or to break out of the mould.

An initial campaign that was run locally helped to raise £5,500, which helped to fund the film.

Director Jordan McGibney is a former pupil at John Flamsteed School and used to live near Belper.

He is now looking forward to the much-anticipated premiere, which takes place at the Broadway Cinema in Nottingham on Saturday, July 25.

Jordan is also celebrating after the film was selected for the British Urban Film Festival, which is sponsored by Channel 4.

This means that Jordan will be allowed to meet up with Channel 4’s development team in regards to gaining advice as well as discussing potential future projects.

Stereotype is also being used by the ‘Made Corrections’ charity.

The film, which runs for just over ten minutes, will be shown to young people hoping to inspire them as well as creating an open and positive discussion on the issues of Stereotyping, knife crime and making positive choices.

Jordan, 21, said he was inspired by film as a youngster and that he hoped ‘Stereotype’ could be a useful tool not only in preventing knife crime but also promoting the issue of choice.

He said: “Stereotype is an anti-knife crime film that aims to understand the full sense of why stereotypes exist and how they can be portrayed.

“It’s also massively about choices. In the film Leroy has a clear choice. He can either honour the legacy of his brother or gain vengeance.

“Getting across that choice is down to an individual, is probably the most important thing to take from the film.

“We didn’t want to try and sugarcoat or patronise people with the film. We wanted it to be realistic and the response we’ve had has been terrific.

“Film had a massive impact on me when I was younger and I really think that film is the most powerful art form.”