Since 1965 more than 1,000 people in the UK have died in police, prison or psychiatric institutions.
Some of these deaths have been under suspicious circumstances. These stories rarely make the national news or are the subject of films. I strongly felt it was time to tell one of these stories. Mistaken ID is loosely based on actual cases. It tells the story of three youths that are approached by three police officers on suspicion of stealing a mobile phone. Since the attack on the twin towers in New York and the London bombings stop and search has risen by 400% within the Asian/muslim communities. Stop and search tactics have always been a controversial issue amongst the African, Caribbean communities and now the Asian communities were being targeted. I chose to tell the story though a mixture of Asian/Muslim and African/Caribbean youths. I wanted to bring this story and issue to the wider public. I wanted to tell a local story that had a global impact. I wanted to tell a story that had political meaning and that I cared about. In London during the last ten years there has been a steady increase in violence and aggression on our streets. So far in 2009 gun, knife and gang culture has taken the lives of 27 young people in London alone. I am interested in the subject of aggression and violence. It seems to be a global phenomenon. You've only got to look at the wars, violence against women, child abuse and state aggression both domestically, G8, and globally in Burma, Afghanistan and Iraq. We live in a violent and aggressive age. Maybe it's always been this way?