A charity-boosting monthly cinema night in north Leeds was taken over by a group of students to highlight the dangers of gambling.
Each month, Leeds Mind’s Inkwell Service joins forces with charity Food-Cycle to host a ‘Secret Cinema’ evening, offering a film and a three-course meal for donations of £5 or more at its Potternewton Lane centre.
At the most recent event, students from the Grammar School At Leeds (GSAL) showcased a 15-minute film on the effects of gambling to youngsters from the community before a screening of the 1998 movie ‘Rounders’, starring Matt Damon and Ed Norton and featuring the underground world of high-stakes poker.
The students’ video was the culmination of workshops on money management, provided thanks to £500 from the Money for Life Challenge, a national competition to help young adults boost money management in their community.
Stuart Harrison, project manager at Inkwell Arts, said: “This project was a ‘Secret Cinema Take Over’ and used the power of film and cinema to explore the theme of gambling.
“The cinema experience is a great way to bring people together to explore the thoughts and feeling of the story they have just watched as a group which leads to open discussion and debate. Film can also provoke a lasting experience that people can carry with them long after the film has ended.”
GSAL pupil Oliver Barry, 16, was among the students who took part. He said: “It was good to see the response from the younger community and nice to get my own take on the gambling issues. Events like these in the community are useful and necessary in keeping young people aware and saving them from potentially wasting time and losing money.”
Inkwell’s ‘Secret Cinema’ is on the last Friday of every month. Visit www.inkwellarts.org.uk/secret-cinema-food-cycle.