Yeti Television has produced My Life: I Was Bullied for CBBC ahead of National Anti-Bullying Week (13-17 November).
The 30-minute documentary follows the stories of three children who have learned to deal with bullying by setting out to achieve their own personal goals.
The film is part of the BBC’s content to mark National Anti-Bullying Week. It features appearances from footballer/musician/TV presenter Chelcee Grimes, and English Premier League stars Declan Rice and Jack Grealish, all of whom have experienced bullying themselves.
My Life: I Was Bullied was commissioned by BBC Children’s Kez Margrie, produced by Simon Greenwood, directed by Joseph Haines and exec produced by Yeti’s Sian Price.
12-year-old Alfie, who was picked on by a group of boys in his year, started his own anti-bullying campaign that he hoped would help other pupils cope with bullying. With the help of footballers Declan Rice and Jack Grealish, Alfie gains recognition as an anti-bullying ambassador from a leading UK charity.
14-year-old aspiring singer Brooke had her dream come true when she appeared on the talent show The Voice. But the experience caused her former friends to start writing hurtful comments on social media. The doc follows Brooke as she works on her own song about resilience, with help from global star Chelcee Grimes, which she hopes will inspire others going through hard times.
Soffia is a footballer and was excluded and teased when her friends found out about her passion. She shares the diary she wrote at the time and reveals how the bullying made her feel. But despite all, she persevered and has managed to secure her place as a top goalkeeper in the Welsh football youth team.
Sian Price, Creative Director at Yeti and Executive Producer, said: “It’s never easy to open up and we are so grateful for the bravery of Brooke, Alfie and Soffia in talking so frankly and sharing their experiences of being bullied in a bid to help others. The fact that they each found different ways to deal with things and have continued to pursue their dreams is nothing short of inspiring!”
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