Filmakers make two new movies at hotel

Kids from Beacon Hill Arts doing a video at the Grand Hotel Tynemouth-(left to right) Stephen Thompson, Grand Hotel staff member Christine Rutherford and Connor Rathbone.

Kids from Beacon Hill Arts doing a video at the Grand Hotel Tynemouth-(left to right) Stephen Thompson, Grand Hotel staff member Christine Rutherford and Connor Rathbone.

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A GROUP of young filmmakers with learning disabilies have started production of two new films in the borough.

Youngsters from the Beacon Hill Film Project are creating two films to be set at “Hotel Talk to the Hand” and will focus on Justin, the hotel bellboy. His adventures will include his calamitous efforts to sneak unnoticed into a party he is not invited to and his attempts to stop two disgruntled guests from playing tennis with a priceless vase.

Creative director at the school Andrew Coats said: “The films possess exactly the same creativity and imagination as the young people’s previous work. Once again the young people are being involved in every stage of the process. “They script, shoot and edit their films, and are making the props, designing the costumes and composing the music. We are really looking forward to the finished results.”

The young filmmakers needed to find a hotel to use as a filming location and approached the Grand Hotel in Tynemouth for help.

Hotel manager Chris Marsh said: “It’s so exciting to be part of such a worthwhile project, once I heard about the film concept the hotel were naturally very keen to be involved. “It is easy to see how the team are so successful due to their determination and professionalism.”

Beacon Hill Film Project won the National Lottery Award for UK’s Best Arts Project live on BBC1 in 2010. Since then, the project has won five other national awards, including Best Innovation at Cinemagic Film Festival in Northern Ireland in November, one of the largest young people’s film festivals in the UK.

Hotel Talk to the Hand will premiere in the summer and the event will be designed and delivered by the young filmmakers themselves. The project is being funded by the Hadrian Trust, North Tyneside Council and the Lottery through the BFI’s First Light Initiative.

Visit Beacon Hill Arts to find out more about the project.