Luke Hamza who lives at SPEAR’s Richmond Hostel, Penny Wade House, produced a short film about the dangers of smoking and tobacco, which was entered into the Cut Films Awards. Screening of the films and judging took place on Wednesday 14 June at Richmond Odeon, with Luke’s film being selected as the Judges Choice and took second place in the People’s Choice.

The competition was open to under 25 year olds, with the theme of anti-smoking and persuading young people not to smoke.

The winning videos from across the regions will be put forward to the national awards which will take place at the Soho Curzon on July 7th.

Louis, a hostel project worker said:

“We are so proud that Luke has achieved this recognition for his work, and we’re all wishing him well for the finals”.

You can see Luke’s film here

About Richmond Cut Films

Supported by Richmond Parish Lands and Hampton Fuel Allotment, Cut Films has worked with over 800 young people creating 81 films over the last eight months. Young people have learnt not only about the dangers of smoking and tobacco but have also learned transferable filmmaking skills. Read more about the project at www.cutfilms.org/Richmond and watch the films.