Screen Northants has secured BBC Children in Need funding of £105,000 to contribute towards the production of a variety of short and feature films over the next 3 years. Disadvantaged young people in Northamptonshire, such as groups of Looked-After Children, those excluded from mainstream education or with learning disabilities, will work under film professionals on the production of the films to increase their aspirations and resilience, and life and work skills.
The first film Screen Northants will be producing is a modern day feature of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Groups of disadvantaged children will work with a professional crew on the Pre-Production of the film, culminating in a 5 week shoot. The casting for the film will be done predominantly through open auditions in Northants as well as castings in London.
Becky Adams, Director of Screen Northants, says, “This is what we love so much about our social enterprise model. We’re able to make a feature where all the revenue will come back into the company and fund future work, whilst also being able to make a big impact on young people’s lives, and help increase opportunity and diversity in the British film industry. There is so much press about our future workforce’s lack of soft skills in the Film Industry, as well as many other sectors, and we hope our model goes some way to helping tackle that.”
Longstanding Film Director for Burberry, Daryl Chase is attached as the film’s Director. He has been responsible for directing numerous commercials, music videos, documentaries and high profile campaigns featuring the likes of Romeo Beckham, James Corden and Julie Walters among others. He has directed three short films including The Thinker which won the Audience Award at the East End Film Festival. A keen eye for imagery he has also worked as a Director of Photography across various outputs including feature docs like the MOJO-award-winning UpSide Down: The Creation Records Story and music documentaries for the likes of Kaiser Chiefs and Jake Bugg, winning many NME Video of the Week awards.
Daryl says “I’m excited and inspired by the prospect of exploring an emotive, modern and dynamic visual approach to a classic, texturally rich story.”
Screen Northants is a non-profit film company based in Northampton. Under the Screen Northants banner there are 4 interdependent strands: Films which produces industry quality feature films, Academy which provides industry work experience for young people 14-25yrs, Agency which promotes Northants to the film industry, primarily through Location, Crew and Actor databases, and Community which uses the Film Industry for the good of Northamptonshire and its people.
For more information you can contact Becky Adams, Director, Screen Northants on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07930 646721.