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Film premiere launches Foster Care Fortnight

Published Monday, 08 May 2017

A ground-breaking new short film highlighting the need for foster carers who can help keep brothers and sisters in care together in Coventry is being launched on Wednesday 3 May.

Coventry City Council, who released a previous fostering film in 2015, ‘Alfie’s Journey’ which went on to win an International film award, has led the project and are one of 13 local authorities that have spent 18 months working with the Reel Twenty Five film production company to produce ‘Giants’.

The three minute film tells the story of Jack and Ellie a brother and sister who want to stay together when they find themselves in foster care and the positive impact that the fostering family has on them.

Cllr Ed Ruane, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People said; “This is a really emotive and high quality film that helps to get across the urgent need we have for people to step forward who have that extra space and time to help keep brothers and sisters together.

“It is fantastic that Coventry’s fostering team have used their previous experiences and taken the lead and pulled together other councils into the project. Finding a way to work together to benefit communities across the West and East Midlands collaboratively is to the credit of all the partners involved and shows the creative and innovative spirit we have here within Coventry City Council”

Filmed in Coventry, ‘Giants’ will be simultaneously made available to view by each of the partners across the Midlands after the official launch at the Everyman cinema in Birmingham on Wednesday. The invited guests will include James Foyle from the Fostering Network, Martin Reeves, West Midlands Combined Authority Chief Executive as well as the cast, crew and foster carers from each council, who will see the film for the first time.

The councils who worked together to produce ‘Giants’ are Coventry, Birmingham, Solihull, Telford and Wrekin, Wolverhampton, Walsall, Leicester City, Leicestershire, Sandwell, Worcestershire, Stoke, Derby and Staffordshire.

The theme of ‘giants’ was devised to blend the concept of ‘giants’, or people who help us in society such as foster carers, and also to highlight the strong bond and relationships that brothers and sisters have as they ‘look up’ and care for each other in life and become ‘giants’ to each other.

The film is available to view on our Foster page or on the Adopt and Foster for Coventry Facebook page. A shorter version of the film is being used as an advert on Sky TV during national Foster Care Fortnight which was made accessible by the joint buying power of the Local Authorities working together.

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