Filmmakers focus on support for others

James Olsen and Connor Rathbone help film at the Jesmond Community Festival.
James Olsen and Connor Rathbone help film at the Jesmond Community Festival.

A group of talented young filmmakers from a local award-winning company have completed the production of five films for organisations across Tyneside.

The crew from Wallsend-based Beacon Hill Arts made films for five non-profit making and charitable organisations to promote their work, thanks to funding from the Sir James Knott Trust.

Organisations from around the north east applied for a film to be made, with the young filmmakers having a tough job to select the five winning applications.

The projects they helped included North Tyneside-based Tynemouth Golf Club and North Tyneside Steelband, as well as the Jesmond Community Festival, Community Music Spark and the Lawnmower Theatre Company’s Krocodile Klub.

Will Sadler, development director at Beacon Hill Arts, said: “This project had two main benefits.

“Firstly it gave our talented young filmmakers a great work experience opportunity where they developed loads of transferable skills. Secondly it gave five non-profit making organisations the opportunity to have a film made for free.”

Young filmmaker Connor Rathbone said: “It helped me with my independence and my confidence and I am very proud of the films.”

The production for North Tyneside Steelband involved a multi-camera shoot of ‘Nah Goin Home’ next to St Mary’s Lighthouse.

And the production for Tynemouth Golf Club focused on their Edwardian Sports Day event to celebrate their centenary.

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