Brother launches 3D anti-violence film
A Westcountry charity launched in the aftermath of a brutal murder is preparing to unveil a new interactive 3D film on the eighth anniversary of the killing.
Stand Against Violence was set up in 2005 following the killing of Lloyd Fouracre, in an unprovoked violent street attack in Taunton.
Lloyd's brother Adam, who founded the charity, has now developed the film to educate its viewers about the effects of violence by allowing them to choose the outcome.
"It is the first time the UK has seen 3D and interactivity combined on this scale in the classroom," he said.
"We have pushed the boundaries of current 3D usage in the classroom and combined it with interactive voting which has never been done before."
The Somerset-based charity works with schools and young offenders to deliver workshops, discussion forums and assemblies based around a DVD reconstruction of the attack.
Lloyd Fouracre was beaten and kicked by two drunken men on the eve of his 18th birthday on 25 September 2005. He died in hospital about 30 minutes after the attack, having sustained fractures to the skull, cheekbone, jaw, eye socket and nasal bone. He had being struck with a wooden sign and a bicycle seat and stamped on.
Mr Fouracre said: "By using a real life violent situation and empathy-inducing materials, the message is more effective because students become emotionally engaged."
Participants, wearing 3D glasses and using a hand console unit, are transported to an on-screen situation where they take on the role of the main character, named Matt, a young adult on a night out with his friends.
They are given a series of interactive choices that result in a range of sobering outcomes including death, brain damage, ending up in court, and simply regretting a drunken night out.
Devon and Cornwall's Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Hogg and Taunton Deane MP and Home Office minister Jeremy Browne are expected to attend the launch next Wednesday.
Carly Anderson, a PSHE qualified teacher who works with the charity, said: "The majority of students are not aware how easy it is, to end up in risky situations.
"We believe the first person interactive nature of this film will serve to reinforce the consequences and help to reduce unnecessary events like Lloyd's death occurring."