While hand-wringing from the chattering classes about what to do with "da kids" dominates the media, charities such as Get Connected, who offer confidential advice to young people, are busy doing something about it. Ever keen to engage London's youth in constructive projects that actually matter to them, they've launched a short film competition.
Nobody's Perfect calls for 16-25 year olds interested in directing, producing, starring in or scoring films to submit examples of their work - no matter how rough and ready. The work will be judged by a stellar crowd of experts, including Sandi Thom, Harry Potter alumnus Jason Isaacs, and Georgia Groom, currently appearing at a Cineworld near you in Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging.
The group will mull over all the entrants, and a number of talented individuals will be invited to collaborate on the final six films. The crews will be mentored by industry professionals and make the shorts on weekend courses in and around Islington, and the finished products will be premiered at a swish, star-studded event at the Covent Garden Odeon on October 21st.
To be in with a chance of getting on that red carpet, though, you've got to submit your film, music, performance or script by September 5th. Doesn't matter how rough it looks or sounds, just get it in there - the judges are looking for raw talent, not a polished product. Need some inspiration? Check out some tips from shining lights like Tarantino and, er, Shaggy. Once you've perfected your entry, visit the How-To page and for details on submitting your work, and who knows - you could be the next Noel Clarke.