New film starring Idris Elba and Gemma Arterton tells the story of Chelsea's forgotten residents
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Just down the road from Chelsea’s desirable SW10 apartments are high-rise council estates. These lifestyles may seem more than worlds apart but the reality is a lot closer than just a few streets. Riverside luxury juxtaposes day-to-day grind but no matter where you live, everyone faces major choices and trials in life. 100 Streets, directed by Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated Jim O’Hanlon, with original screenplay by Leon Butler, explores the complicated life of a group of individuals living in contemporary London – considered destination capital of the world. Starring Idris Elba, Gemma Arterton and Tom Cullen, 100 Streets follows the characters negotiated paths through life – through those hundred streets. The film comes with appreciation and support from S.T.O.R.M, a London-based charity. Speaking of their work, Marie Hanson, founder and trustee, says: “We deal with everything, we deal with young people, knife and gun crime. We work with the parents, also offer classes and we have a nursery as well.”
Marie Hanson, founder of S.T.O.R.MContinuing, she says: “Basically, mothers can leave their child free of charge whilst they finish their education; we run art therapy around domestic violence so you know we do counselling, we have a mothers and parents class where mothers can literally come along with their new born babies and get help, or you know "Are you breastfeeding right?" etc. and things like that.” Marie started S.T.O.R.M as a response to her story as a victim of domestic violence, explaining, “When I left refuge there was no support for me… I don’t believe there’s any organisations like ours.”
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