Shadsworth residents to make their big debut at Landsharks film premiere next week

Blackburn residents are invited to the premiere of new film ‘Landsharks’ on Thursday 5 April.

‘Landsharks’ is a short 15 minute film which raises awareness of the dangers of loan sharks and features residents from Shadsworth. It follows the life of a young teenage boy called AJ whose mum is struggling to make ends meet. The film shows AJ falling in with the wrong crowd and turning to a loan shark for money.

The Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) worked with Great Places, plus Blackburn with Darwen Council, Newground and Blackburn Filmmaker Aaron Dunleavy to create the film.

The film premiere for 'Landsharks' is set to take place on Thursday 5 April at The Bureau Centre for Arts on Victoria Street. The event, which will run from 12pm until 2pm, will include a screening of 'Landsharks' for adults and a free shark-themed art and craft session for children. Due to the theme of this short film, it will not be shown to children under the age of 13. Guests will also have the opportunity to get debt and financial advice at the event.

Louise Ramsay, Community Development Coordinator at Great Places Housing Group, said:

“Great Places is proud to be involved in this project, which draws attention to the real dangers of illegal money lending and the impact that loan sharks can have on the lives of real families.

“We hope that through taking a creative approach, the film’s powerful message will encourage people to learn more about this issue, report those operating illegally, and make use of the fantastic resources available that offer safe and affordable loans, such as local credit unions.”

Tony Quigley, Head of the Illegal Money Lending Team, said:

“We would like to thank our partners and the talented residents from Shadsworth for producing this film to raise awareness of the issue of loan sharks.

“Landsharks shows the detrimental impact that loan sharks can have on the lives of their victims and helps to reinforce our message that these unscrupulous lenders should be avoided at all costs. 

To book your free tickets to this event, email or register on Eventbrite.

More than 310,000 households in the UK are currently using illegal money lenders. Although there are no exact figures to prove how many loan sharks are operating in Blackburn, the IMLT estimates that more than seven hundred million pounds is going through loan sharks’ books every year nationally.   

To find out more about how to report a loan shark, visit

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