A while before the film a couple of us set up a community interest company, The Machine Zone. This was essentially so we would be eligible for funding opportunities. We were very involved in a campaign to reduce the maximum stake of Fixed Odds Betting Terminals in book makers from £100 to £2.
Over five years we’ve seen a big growth in attention to the harms that gambling can do. Many see it as a major public health issue.
So now we have put all our energies towards the film. We want to contribute to the raising of awareness. We anticipate the film will be screened at community venues and through online events.
The film includes interviews with four people harmed by gambling, and three people working to reduce harms: an academic with a long-established reputation globally for research into gambling; an MP who is actively involved with reducing gambling harms; and the first manager of Scotland Reducing Gambling Harms. The film is interwoven with drama sequences complementing the stories of those harmed by gambling.
We have been very lucky to secure funding, encouragement, and support. A very special thank you to the film’s director, Ross Donald for Reverie Films. He has given his time and expertise for no financial reward. Through difficulties arising from the pandemic, he has steered the production with dedication and professionalism of a high order.
Our plans for getting the film on the road in 2022 have been delayed a little by the pandemic. However, we hope that it will soon become safe to screen the film at community venues. We hope that events will be designed and informed by the needs and interests of each community, and look forward to working with you if you’d like to be involved. Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org .
The film will also be at the centre of some online events coming soon. It will also be entered into film festivals. Towards the end of 2022 we aim to embed the film in a professionally designed website which will also serve to raise awareness and conversations with supplementary materials.