Watch the trailer for our short film focusing on how Dale Youth boxing club reorganised following the Grenfell Tower tragedy and helped reunite a community
The Grenfell Tower fire, in June 2017, claimed 72 lives - including many children - and decimated the wider North Kensington community of which it was part. Largely and understandably forgotten amidst the tragedy was the plight of Dale Youth boxing club, which had only recently returned to a premises within the tower and was destroyed by water damage.
Around a month ago, Seconds Out was scheduled to film at the brand new, state-of-the-art Dale Youth facility, situated in the shadow of the gutted Grenfell Tower. Before recording the likes of DY alumnus Daniel Dubois working out, videographer Joseph Smith and I visited the Tower site, ostensibly to source cutaway shots for any interviews we conducted with the club’s coaches and trustees.
So moved were we by the tributes strewn around the area, and latterly by the first-hand accounts of coach Pete Liggins and Bill Cox, trustee of sponsor Powerday Foundation, that a few complementary images rapidly became the concept for Seconds Out’s first ever short film.
From the Ashes is the story of how a boxing club recovered from a wider local disaster and, in the process, helped unite and repair a community broken by tragedy. It is initially horrifying but ultimately inspiring.
We are immensely proud of this project and we hope that you can relate to it. It will premiere this Wednesday (October 2) at 6pm, and the trailer can be viewed below.