Epiphany: The film

Epiphany
Full interview with the co-producer Steve Levy conducted by The British Blacklist (TBB) (http://thebritishblacklist.co.uk/levy)

Epiphany is based on true events. Can you tell us a bit more about that and whose story this is?

SL: The first part of the story is my encounter with a young man called Lenny who I met in Brick Lane. He came from behind with a hoodie over his head and put his hand on my shoulder. As I turned to confront him thinking this was going to end badly, instead we engaged in a deep, meaningful and open conversation about his life, which ended with me praying for him, and him crying. This left me speechless and my heart filled with so much compassion for this young man. One act of kindness can make all the difference.
The second part is based on an ex-family member who was kidnapped by some youths, held in a warehouse and forced to give up his credit cards, eventually they let him go, but the whole event left him traumatised. His story stuck with me, so when I had my encounter with Lenny I thought somehow these two stories had synergy, and I was right.

What are your hopes for your film’s future?

SL: I hope the film goes on to make people think about the power of the Gospel and its ability to change lives. Also, to show my talents as a first-time film director/producer in the hope I will get investment to make a feature film or a Netflix series. I would like to spend the rest of my life making meaningful films that will impact the world and inspire the next generation of young filmmakers like my son. This one is for you Brandon.

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(film producers Susan and Steve Levy)

Violent crime is on the rise, but who is working to keep us safe?

Policeforce

England and Wales have lost over 45,000 police officers and staff since 2010, a 19% drop in the workforce. Meanwhile, violent crime is on the rise and forces are struggling to respond to demand due to budget cuts, recent reports from the Office for National Statistics and police watchdog HMIC have found.

But what does that mean for your community?
UNISON is the biggest union for police staff. They have investigated the drop within each of the 43 police forces in England and Wales.

The police workforce is made up of policing officers and police staff who work in teams to keep communities safe. Police staff make up 40% of the total police workforce and carry out both operational and supporting roles.  Police staff include police community support officers (PCSOs), and designated officers (like crime scene examiners, investigators, escort and custody officers) who have police powers.

All these categories of police staff, as well as police officers, have suffered big cuts in numbers since 2010.

Go Smoke Free (campaign)

“Smokers don’t need self-righteous campaigners regulating their behaviour. You’ll always get a few inconsiderate smokers but that’s no reason to punish the overwhelming majority. We’re in danger of creating an incredibly censorious society in which regulations are based not on potential harm to others but on people’s personal preferences.” Smokers’Forest Group

You go up by the stairs and come down by the lift… (Arsene Wenger)

Arsene Wenger was understandably disappointed after second 3-0 loss to Manchester City within five days.

On how he assesses the performance…
I felt it was a game of top intensity physically. I think we produced our highest physical performance of the season and Manchester City did as well, by quite a long way. Physically, the two teams gave a lot. I knew that the first half could have been difficult for us because we came out of Sunday’s game with a low confidence level. They came back with a very positive mindset and that’s why they took advantage of every defensive weakness we showed in the first half. At the end of the day, I must say we lost against a top-quality team who at the moment are the best team in the country. On top of that, the combination of their quality plus the fact that they’re high in confidence and we’re low in confidence played a big part in the game tonight. After that, in the second half we came out and dominated well in the first 20 minutes. We needed the penalty to go in to get a bit of momentum, so that was the killer of the game after that.

On how dangerous the lack of confidence is at the moment…
It’s always dangerous but you earn it by putting the effort in and staying together in the moments where it’s very difficult.

On confidence going quickly and coming back slowly…
You go up by stairs and come down by the lift. That’s what confidence is. That’s what you have to show, that you have the level to be at Arsenal Football Club.

On it being painful to watch City do what Arsenal have done to other teams in the past…
When your confidence is not at the best, the first thing that goes is your fluidity in the movement, the spontaneous side of the game. You could see that tonight. I don’t deny their quality because they have top quality, but we’re going through a difficult patch at the moment. That’s part of football as well unfortunately.

On how to regain confidence…
By staying united inside and focusing on the next game to continue to put the effort in.

On losing 6-0 on aggregate to Man City over two games…
I leave all these conclusions to you because every game is different. It was always going to be a big turnaround after Sunday, what we had to face. Once they took advantage of every chance they had in the first half, it was always going to be a big [challenge]. We have to accept that, at the moment, in the two games, they were better than us.

On whether he’s experienced a more difficult period in charge…
I don’t know. I leave that situation with full intensity. I don’t compare it to any other situation I’ve faced before. That’s part of my job, to deal with the situation I face, commit completely, and stay committed and focused on the next game.

On how difficult it is when the fans turn…
Do you want the fans to be happy when you’re 3-0 down? I’m surprised that you’re surprised.

On whether he was surprised by the low turnout…
It was certainly a combination of the weather conditions and the fact that we had a big disappointment on Sunday. There was a combination of the two things together.

On being under massive scrutiny going into Sunday (the next scheduled game)…
We are already and we always have been, so that will not change.

On whether he’s confident there’s enough fight in the squad…
Yes of course. I’m confident of that. Nothing is permanent in life, apart from the judgements. They are always permanent but the reality in life is that nothing is permanent. It’s down to you how you respond and what kind of focus and effort you show to turn things around.

On whether new signings Mkhitaryan, and Aubameyang have done enough since their first appearance…
They need some time to adapt and things change quickly in sport. That’s part of modern sport as well. You have to accept that. Every game you lose nowadays means you’re under big pressure. These are players who have just joined us and I’m sure they’ll do well.

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