Movie critic praises young film makers

Youngsters from Beacon Hill Arts work on their latest film.
Youngsters from Beacon Hill Arts work on their latest film.

YOUNG multi-award winning film makers have earned yet more critical acclaim from a leading figure.

Leading film critic and broadcaster Mark Kermode was full of praise for the latest films produced by Beacon Hill Arts – Justin the Party Animal and Justin and the Priceless Vase.

Both comedy shorts were selected for the Berwick-upon-Tweed leg of ‘Hansel of Film’, organised by Shetland Arts as part of an Olympic-style relay of short film screenings visiting 24 venues around England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Speaking highly of the young film makers’ work, Mark said: “Slapstick is a really hard thing to get right and I laughed all the way through them.

“The gags make you laugh and that’s what you want from a slapstick short. They’re really well-made, really funny and I really enjoyed both of them.”

Relay ‘runners’ are responsible for transporting film canisters from venue to venue and one of Beacon Hill’s young film makers James Webster, 18, delivered the film can from Kendal in the Lake District to Berwick in time for the special event.

James said: “I was very excited about meeting Mark Kermode, and knew that collecting the film can from Kendal and taking it to Berwick was a big responsibility.

“I love learning lots of new skills, and working with my friends to make films. I’m looking forward to sharing the films with family, friends and the world.”

It is the second time that Beacon Hill Arts has received praise from a top film reviewer.

Barry Norman, who presented the BBC’s Film review show for more than 20 years, described their previous productions The Pirate and the Mermaid and The Middle of Nowhere as “enchanting” and “made with great verve, infectious enthusiasm and off the wall originality”.

The complete interview with Mark Kermode can be seen on the Beacon Hill Arts website at