Screening to showcase young people’s work

Doreen and Peter Maddison inside the Dome at Spanish City. Picture by Eye of the Tyne Photography.

Doreen and Peter Maddison inside the Dome at Spanish City. Picture by Eye of the Tyne Photography.

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Three community films celebrating life, love and overcoming adversity are to be shown as part of a special screening.

North Tyneside VODA has been working with the Jam Jar Cinema in Whitley Bay to show the short films from 6pm on Monday, June 1, produced by young people.

We’re immensely proud of the young people who’ve produced these films

Robin Fry, VODA’s volunteer centre manager

First up is It’s Great to be Mart Lee, a short documentary made by Mart Lee showing life with a learning difficulty.

It will be followed by Mental Health Matters, which explores some barriers faced by people with mental health problems looking for work.

Finally, Romance in the Dome charts real-life stories of love, romance and friendships made in the Dome during the 1950s and 1960s, and is produced by VODA as part of its heritage project preserving the history of the iconic building.

It features the story of Doreen and Peter Maddison, who were on opposing dance teams but fell in love when Peter took ill on the dance floor in front of Doreen.

Doreen said: “During a competition Peter danced towards me and then stopped dancing and collapsed right in front of me.

“I went across to see what had happened and see if he was alright and that was it – love at first sight.”

Peter added: “I ended up in hospital and had to have my appendix out, but our romance continued and we celebrate our Golden Wedding Anniversary on June 5, this year.”

The film has been produced alongside a commemorative book all about the North Tyneside Council-funded project, which will be published in the summer.

Robin Fry, VODA’s volunteer centre manager, said: “These are three very different short films but they all celebrate the stories of real people in North Tyneside.

“We’re immensely proud of the young people who’ve produced these films – and they have learned valuable multi-media skills such as storyboarding, editing and filming which will hopefully help them in the future.

“It should be a great evening.”

For more information or to confirm your attendance please contact Laura Watson at VODA on 0191 643 2637 or email laura.watson@voda.org.uk