Idris Elba is associate producer, presenter and narrator of what is being described as the UK’s first 3D social issue documentary, titled "Irons in the Fire," which follows 5 young Londoners who overcome adversity, and have turned their lives around after getting involved in charitable initiatives in their communities.
Elba's reason for getting involved in the film? “The film resonated with me because I recognized the things that I went through. It’s important these messages get out there,” he said.
Filmed in 3D, the stylized documentary explores the importance of maintaining one's own identity, whilst appreciating the opportunities that exist for young people.
Joe Dives, the film's producer, said that he hoped to counter the negative images the media often shows of teenagers, stating, “Especially after the riots, young people were portrayed as ‘feral’ youth by the mainstream media. I wanted to find a more balanced reality and show how opportunity can transform lives... Negative stories hit the headlines, but all across the country, young people are triumphing above adversity, enabled by youth organisations that have so much positive impact.”
"Irons in the Fire" airs tonight on Sky Arts and Sky 3D.
Here's a trailer: