Award winning film to be shown at VRU conference

An award winning film is to be screened as part of the VRU’s Scotland & Violence Prevention conference this autumn.

Ken Loach’s The Angels’ Share, which scooped the prestigious jury prize at Cannes will be shown at the event.

The Angels’ Share tells the story of new dad Robbie, who vows to change his ways after narrowly escaping going to jail. A whisky distillery inspires him and his friends to find a way out of their hopeless lives.

The VRU got involved with the film when Scottish Justice Minister Kenny MacAskill got in touch with unit co-director John Carnochan asking if he would meet with scriptwriter Paul Laverty – Kenny and Paul are friends from university, where they both studied law. Paul came in for a chat with John about the unit’s CIRV project and, more specifically, the lives of the young men involved in it. Following their meeting, John put Paul in touch with Sidekix, one of the groups we worked with on CIRV. It was there that Paul met Paul Brannigan, who Ken Loach eventually cast as Robbie in The Angels’ Share.

Now the team at Sixteen Films and eOne have agreed to allow the hit film to be screened at our conference, which will take place at the Scottish Police College from 12 - 15 October.

Producer Rebecca O’Brien said:

“We’re delighted the film is being used – if we can make even a tiny difference that’s important.”

The screening will be followed by a discussion with both Paul Laverty and Paul Brannigan.

The conference, which will take place from 12 - 15 October, will also feature a host of experts on gang violence from around the world.  Key among them will be Professor David Kennedy, director of the Centre for Crime Prevention and Control at John Jay College, New York, and the creator of the original CIRV programme.

Also speaking will be:

Dr Robin Engel, director of the Institute of Crime Science and associate professor of Criminal Justice, University of Cincinnati

Dr Gary Slutkin, Professor, Epidemiology & International Health, University of Illinois at Chicago; founder of Ceasefire

Professor Mark Bellis, Director of the North West Centre for Public Health, North West Health Observatory, Liverpool John Moores University

Professor Fergus McNeill, Professor of Criminology & Social Work, University of Glasgow

CIRV is currently subject to a robust and comprehensive evaluation by the University of St Andrews, who will be collaborating with us on the conference, together with the Scottish Institute for Policing Research (SIPR), Medics Against Violence (MAV) the Police and the WHO Violence Prevention Alliance.

Places at the conference will cost £350 including accommodation. Spaces are limited to 200. 

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