County Lines film shortlisted for television award

3rd October 2023 | County Lines

The Clewer Initiative

Which side of the Tracks? has been nominated in the Royal Television Society Midland Awards Creative Community category.

The winner will be announced at the awards ceremony at The ICC on Friday 24th November.

Which side of the Tracks? was commissioned by Worcester Cathedral, The Clewer Initiative, the Diocese of Worcester’s Mothers’ Union and Worcester Community Rail Partnership to help raise awareness of county lines. It was filmed around Worcester and featured a young person who you wouldn’t expect to be drawn into county lines.

West Midlands based film maker, Nicola Prestage of Tiger Features, worked closely with the police and a county lines trainer from The Clewer Initiative to ensure the film was accurate and realistic.

Which Side of The Tracks?

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The film was showcased at Worcester Cathedral's County Lines Day in March where 80 young people from the Worcester area gathered to learn more about county lines. Since then, the film has continued to be used to raise awareness and challenge stereotypes.

Which side of the Tracks? is nominated for the Creative Community Award alongside The Longwill Show, a film that was made for Longwill Primary School for the Deaf.

Film maker Nicola Prestage talks about the impact of one person making one crucial report

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When writing "Which Side of The Track?" I thought a lot about not re-victimising victims. Many county lines films focus on what the victim could have done. I wanted to point out there is often no way out for the victim but there are so many reachable moments when friends, family and community members could safely step in and help.

Nicola Prestage
Film maker

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