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Oxenhope teenager's film highlights bullying trauma
An Oxenhope teenager has exploited her creative talent to help school pupils break the destructive cycle of bullying, low self-esteem and anxiety over personal appearance.
Hannah Kilcoyne a pupil at Holy Family Catholic School, has made a 21-minute film called Broken Mirror, which has already been shown in her school.
She came up with the idea when she was only 13, and secured a grant from Bradford Council Youth Services to fund the project.
Hannah wrote, produced, co-directed and starred in the film, which features a group of other students from Holy Family as actors and extras. It incorporates a poem composed by Hannah and delves into the impact of bullying on one victim and the motivations and traumatic background of the bully.
The film was shot locally and has been put on YouTube. It will be premiered at an invite-only event at Keighley Picture House coming Sunday.
Hannah said she was pleased with the positive reception her film received at Holy Family, where it was screened as part of the national anti-bullying week.
Her mother, Erin Kilcoyne, said: “It’s been an 18-month journey and it’s all been Keighley kids involved who deserve to be celebrated.
“The film has so many levels to it – it’s not just about anti-bullying. It’s message is that young people need to believe that they are beautiful both inside and out, but I think the film speaks to all age groups.”
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