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Filmmakers in recovery from addiction to show debut short films at William Morris Gallery event

One of the films has already been submitted to a film festival

The motley crew, Credit: Change Grow Live

A collection of short films by filmmakers recovering from drug and alcohol addiction will be shown at a special film event at William Morris Gallery later this month.

The debut filmmakers, who go by the name E17 Unlimited, will premiere their films at the event on the 24th of August before speaking about their first-time filmmaking experience. George Charlton, a harm reduction activist who campaigns for the use of naloxone, will also speak at the event.

They are all currently being supported in their recovery by Change Grow Live, a national charity commissioned by Waltham Forest as the service provider to offer treatment and support for adults and young people with alcohol and substance misuse issues. 

E17 Unlimited were helped to make their films by an experienced filmmaker with a background in documentary making.

One film set to be shown at the screening has been submitted to the Recovery Film Festival, which celebrates films made by people with lived experience of recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. The film, which was co-produced by all members of E17 Unlimited, looks at the meaning of recovery and is set at the William Morris Gallery. Other short films oscillate between contemporary and abstract cinema and deeply explore recovery in a way that may be surprising.

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Sabbir Ahmed from CGL Waltham Forest said: “This project serves to highlight the incredible talent in recovery in Waltham Forest and it has been a pleasure to see our service users flourish over the last few months, I feel privileged to have been part of the journey.”

Alicia, the project facilitator said: “It’s been a privilege to work at CGL WF with some incredible talent. Once understanding access to sophisticated free software people have taken flight into the realms of storytelling in a truly imaginative way.”

Sam, one of the filmmakers, said the experience was a “great way to express yourself through film & media. An enjoyable, encouraging programme to help anyone interested in the film industry.”

Meanwhile, Amechi, a participant, said it was a “great hands-on collaborative learning experience.”

The films will be screened between 2-4pm on Thursday 24th August at The William Morris Gallery in Walthamstow. Refreshments will be provided

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