Shine Global’s most recent documentary 1 Way Up is now available to stream on Netflix in the US, UK, and Canada.
From first time director Amy Mathieson, 1 Way Up is the story of Quillan Isidore and Tre Whyte, two teen boys on the road to the BMX World Championships. They hope to escape one of the toughest gang neighborhoods in London with the only thing they have – a bike. Defying the stereotypes of “black boys in hoods” and the media portrayal of Peckham, they race to the top of the BMX ranks and off the streets. The film follows Tre, Quillan, and their coach CK Flash’s preparation, race victories and defeats, and their interactions with family and friends, all leading up to the World Championships. The film features a pulsating soundtrack of spoken-word and rap vignettes from musicians including UK rap artist Phreeda Sharp plus animated illustrations and archival footage of Peckham’s past.
1 Way Up was released in London theaters in the summer of 2014 with broadcasts following in the UK on MTV UK and in the US on Pivot Tv and was recently nominated for a Screen Nation Award for Independent Spirit Film Production. The filmmakers are especially proud of the impact the film has had so far on increasing awareness of the power of sports and spurring investment in youth sports activities in communities. For example, clips from the film were shown to a local council that was hesitant to build a BMX track in their borough but, according to the local commissioner, the film convinced them otherwise and they voted to approve the new track which opened in summer 2014 and is open to all youth in the London borough.
The producers at Shine Global also partnered with The LAMP, a NYC non-profit that teaches media literacy to youth, teachers, and parents in NY, to create companion workshops that help youth audiences to creatively delve deeper into the issues presented in the film while learning critical media literacy skills. Organizations, teams, and community groups can license the film to host a screening in their own community – the workshop instructions are included at no extra cost. To learn more about hosting a screening in your community visit 1wayup.com/host-a-screening
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After an amazing red carpet premiere event at the PeckhamPlex Cinema, 1 Way Up in 3D is now available for anyone in the London area to see!
Directed by first time director Amy Mathieson, 1 Way Up in 3D tells the story of Tre and Quillan, two teenage boys on the road to the BMX World Championships. They hope to escape one of the toughest gang neighborhoods in London with the only thing they have – a bike. This breathtaking sports action documentary features a pulsating soundtrack of spoken-word and rap vignettes.
The official soundtrack album is on iTunes featuring sounds from the film including Phreeda Sharp, bassDrumsnareDrum, AKS, and more! See the official music video of the title track “1 Way Up” by Phreeda Sharp feat. Nefera and produced by bassDrumsnareDrum on YouTube here And read this blog post from muscian AKS on why he decided to become involved in 1 Way Up with his song “House Called Home.”
“I’ve helped in some small way to change the perception of young men, brothers of mine, who come from an area just like mine and deserved for the world to know about them” – AKS
What people are saying about 1 Way Up in 3D
- “1 Way Up is more than just a BMX documentary, it’s a story of overcoming obstacles and keeping going.” – MTV News interview with Tre, Quillan, and CK
- London Evening Standard article on the film reports that Mayor Boris Johnson said that BMX could be “a real force for good” in helping boost the health and self-esteem of young Londoners.
- read the Sunday Times article “Kids make a two-wheeled escape from gangland” on the film and Peckham BMX club.
- And the Guardian’s article “Peckham: where BMX stars are made“
- “Brilliant, Billy Elliot on a bike!” – student audience member in Clapham
- “Loved it, made me want to follow my dreams!” – student audience member in Clapham
- “So inspirational, I will tell my friends to watch this!” – student audience member in Clapham
We are thrilled to announce that our film 1 Way Up in 3D will premiere at the Montclair Film Festival on Sunday, May 4th, 2014. Producer Albie Hecht, Co-Producer Alexandra Blaney, and Executive Producer Susan MacLaury will all be in attendance.
Directed by first time director Amy Mathieson, 1 Way Up in 3D tells the story of two teens, 15-year old Quillan Isidore and Tre Whyte, 18, on the road to the BMX World Championships. They hope to escape one of the toughest gang neighborhoods in London with the only thing they have – a bike. Defying the stereotypes of “black boys in hoods” and the media portrayal of their neighborhood, they race to the top of the BMX ranks and off the streets.
“Black boys in hoods” are negatively stereotyped, especially by the media These distorted media depictions of black males contribute to negative stereotypes, unfair treatment, and unequal opportunity in areas ranging from employment to education to criminal justice and beyond. Inaccurate depictions can also affect black males’ self-perceptions and lead to diminished self-esteem. The constant reinforcement of negative lifestyles in the media can lead youth into thinking there are no other options. 1 Way Up shows that there are. It’s the story of the determination of two young athletes to defy this stereotype and strive for their personal best. It is also the story of a coach’s faith in the talent of his riders and his willingness to sacrifice his own career to help them succeed despite all odds.
1 Way Up is Shine’s first 3D documentary. Filmed with super slo-mo Phantom cameras and 3D GoPro’s mounted on bikes and riders, it has a soundtrack pulsating with the rhythm and soul of Peckham’s music. We have worked with several local London musicians on the film’s soundtrack including up and coming female rap artist Phreeda Sharp (recently featured on MTV’s Brand New Unsigned and dubbed “London’s hottest female rapper”). The 3D, animation, hip-hop, and spoken word are blended together to create an innovative action sports storytelling style that truly brings to life the power of sports to help youth succeed against all odds and defy stereotypes.