This extremely graphic film, which is airing tonight at 8:30pm on BBC3, is already being widely hailed as one of the most important – albeit rather short – films in the campaign to save lives on the roads.
Clips from the film on YouTube have drawn global viewers and brought it to the attention of various American media outlets including Fox News, NBC News, and The New York Times, all of whom have recognised the immense value of this film.
And if you have a teenage driver in your family – or you yourself ever use your mobile while driving – this film will have a dramatic impact on you. And even if you don’t, it’ll still have a huge effect.
That it’s graphic is an understatement, but it’s not gratuitously so; it just shows exactly, second by second, how fast lives are snuffed out or ruined forever.
Here are a couple of those YouTube clips to give you an idea of what the film will be like, but be warned, one of them – the second one – contains the crash scenes and is very powerful…
The film was made in association with Gwent Police, and the division’s Chief Constable, Mick Giannasi, has told the media that he’s “astonished but encouraged” at the global reaction to the film, even before it’s been aired in its entirety.
The central character of the film Cassie Cowan, is an ordinary teenager from a Gwent Valleys family who kills four people because she was using her mobile while driving and lost concentration for a few seconds.
Made by Peter Watkins- Hughes, the film stars local drama students with Jenny Davies as Cassie, and Amy Ingram and Laura Quantick as her friends, Emm and Jules respectively.
This really is a must-see film and in fact, moves are being made to have it added to the curriculum in secondary schools across the UK.