Young filmmakers put estate in the spotlight

Pupils interviewing people who grew on on the Balkwell Estate.

Pupils interviewing people who grew on on the Balkwell Estate.

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Youngsters who looked at the history of their estate are to showcase their work.

Children at Collingwood Primary School, in North Shields, started work last summer with Amber Film & Photography Collective to create their own documentary on the history of their housing estate.

Pupils looking over archive images and old maps of the area with community members.

Pupils looking over archive images and old maps of the area with community members.

And on Thursday, the community is being invited to St Peter’s Church, in Central Avenue, to see the new film.

The free event is suitable for the whole family, with no tickets required.

Amber Film, supported by St Peter’s Church, worked with pupils to research the history of the Balkwell Estate.

The children used old maps and aerial photographs to see how the estate has changed and been built upon.

They interviewed members of the community and heard first hand accounts of life on the Balkwell Estate, from the outbreak of World War II to what the school was like in the 1950s and 60s.

Youngsters were taught filmmaking and photography skills, setting about documenting the estate and interviewing the local people who could help tell its stories.

The resulting film is a celebration of the history of the place that they call home.

Bryan Dixon, an Amber Collective member and lead filmmaker on this project said: “This is an excellent opportunity for the wider community to see the film made by the children. We have already screened the film at the school and the response was so fantastic we knew other people who couldn’t make the original screening would want to see the finished product.”