A thought-provoking film pointing out similarities between young people and dragonflies is being produced to help attract money for the revamping cycle paths at Newport in Barnstaple. Project artist Nick Meech explained how both the insects and their teen
A thought-provoking film pointing out similarities between young people and dragonflies is being produced to help attract money for the revamping cycle paths at Newport in Barnstaple.Project artist Nick Meech explained how both the insects and their teenaged counterparts were under threat while the pathways remained in their present condition.The wildlife might be seeing the erosion of its habitat, while the youngsters could be vulnerable to crime and other anti-social issues such as substance abuse."We have talked to the community about what they like to see here and the results have included a safer place to live, as well as a habitat for wildlife," explained Nick."The main part of the project is going to be the Portmarsh area, which will be encouraged as a wildlife habitat, but it is currently also seen as a haven for late night drinking."The enthusiastic Year 10 students from Park Community School joined Nick, and the Rainbow Collective film and production crew to carry out all the necessary filming on Thursday.They were involved in all aspects from camera work, pre and post production - as well as starring in it!Posing as "anti social" teenagers, complete with mock alcohol and hoodies, the young actors - who came up with the storyline themselves - portrayed how parts of the area were either used or perceived as being used for anti-social behaviour.The Newport Cycle Path Project is run by a steering committee which includes the district and county councils, Environment Agency, police, businesses, schools, Northern Devon Coats and Countryside Service.The film will help support bids for the regeneration of the path network, estimated at between £250,000-500,000. Year 10 student Chelsie Sime said it had been difficult acting as someone behaving anti-socially for the cameras: "We watched a DVD and ... had to act like that - it was quite scary," she said.Music for the film is being provided by Swedish band Mungo Lounge and next month it will be shown at the Dragonfly festival in Sweden. It will also be available to view on YouTube.