Picturehouse Cinema Project-Press Release

Young documentary filmmakers to give a child’s eye view of the world in YOUR STORY project.

Presented in partnership by Picturehouse Cinemas, the European Commission Representation in the UK and InspirEd

During October half term, kids across the UK will be swapping their calculators for cameras and taking on the challenge of creating a documentary film in three days.

These mini-Michael Moores have picked topics they feel affect their lives and, with support from workshop leaders InspirEd, will be creating short films that together will give a fascinating overview of the lives and concerns of kids in the UK.

The young people aged 8-12 have opted to cover a wide variety of issues such as their pets and hobbies, climate change, divorce, living with autism, relocating as a refugee, being a young carer, sleepwalking and unemployment.

The YOUR STORY project is inspired by The First Movie, directed by Mark Cousins. Mark gave Kurdish Iraqi children flip cameras and let them create their own stories about life in Kurdistan, resulting in a collection of funny, silly, thoughtful and heart wrenching shorts that gave a stunning insight into the lives of children affected by war.

Using clips of The First Movie as a starting point, and similarly handing the kids cameras to take home with them, InspirEd will help them to bring stories of their own lives to the screen. The films are certain to be unique, with fresh styles and perspectives abounding!

Dawn Feather, InspirEd Director, said:

“We are incredibly excited to be involved in this project with Picturehouse and the European Commission UK. The work the children create will be fresh and unique and we cannot wait to help them bring their stories to our screens.”

Chris Harris, Picturehouse Programmer, said:

“The simple beauty of The First Movie is the way it gives each child a camera, and sends them off into the world to capture their own stories. Inspired by this, YOUR STORY seeks to unleash the creativity and imagination of children in Picturehouse cinemas across the UK.”

Jonathan Scheele, Head of Representation, The European Commission Representation in the UK said:

“Children know no boundaries in their ability to bring imagination into our lives. YOUR STORY is a truly inspirational project and we look forward to seeing the world from their eyes/viewfinders.”

DATES

The workshops will take place for three days during October Half Term (25-29 October) at the Phoenix East Finchley, Ritzy Brixton, City Screen Picturehouse York and Picturehouse at FACT in Liverpool.

InspirEd deliver creative workshops for schools, youth clubs and community centres, specialising in film making, photography and digital media.   For more information visit www.inspiredworkshops.co.uk

NOTE TO EDITORS:

The young filmmakers and InspirEd workshop leaders will be available for interview on Thursday 27 October at the Phoenix in East Finchley and on Friday 28 October at the PIcturehouse FACT in Liverpool, the Ritzy in Brixton and the City Screen Picturehouse in York.

To arrange please contact Dawn Feather at InspirEd on 078877 68046 or email dawn@InspirEdworkshops.co.uk

Schools and community groups involved in the recruitment of the youngsters include:
Christ Church Primary in Barnet
Poppleton Ousebank Primary School in York
Treehouse, a national charity for autism education based in London
Kid’s City, providing activities for children living in areas of high unemployment
Barnardo’s young carers for children who help look after a member of the family who is sick, disabled or has mental health problems, or is misusing drugs or alcohol.

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