Street Rat

Original format: DV video (4.3)
Year of release: 2005
Running time: 5 minutes
Credits: a collaboration between Stuart Moore and Kayla Parker, and young people at Coombeshead Community College and children at Ipplepen Primary School in Devon
Project mentors: Kayla Parker and Stuart Moore
For Coombeshead Community College: Rae Hoole, George Pye and Rob Belringer
3-D modelmaker (rats): Lucy Jackson
Production: Sundog Media
Screening format: DVD
Commissioned by Coombeshead Community College and First Light/UK Film Council
Distribution and sales: First Light/UK Film Council

Description
Live action drama and 3-D model animation. Rachel's world is turned upside down on her 7th birthday when she becomes homeless after her mother goes missing. Tired, lost and hungry she wanders the streets with her little brother Danny, finding shelter where she can, until a kindly shop owner decides to help and gives them some food...

Production notes
After our initial meeting at Coombshead Community College, we set up a production website so that all the participants could keep up to date with developments and contribute to the project as it evolved. Details about the film, including location recce photographs, the Street Rat song lyrics and mp3, and production documentation are here: http://www.sundog.co.uk/streetrat/index.html We removed the feedback section to prevent random sexual postings.

Publication and comments
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“I thought that the combination of animation and the serious subject matter of the live action was perfectly judged. The beautiful colour and light of the animation sequences added an extra dimension to the film and transcended the dark nature of the drama. This is a very impressive production full of integrity.” Mark Beeson, Artistic Director of MED Theatre

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Exhibition
2007
First Light Awards screening, Leicester Square, London UK (Nominated: First Light Award for Best Screenplay; finalist) (January 2007)

2006
BBC Big Screen Plymouth, UK ( Wimbledon Weeks June - July 2006)
Animated Exeter festival: Exanimation programme; Dartington Arts (18 February 2006) and Exeter Phoenix, Devon UK (19 and 23 February 2006)

2005
Coombeshead Community College, Newton Abbott, Devon, UK (premiere: 23 November 2005)