Young filmmakers shine

Young filmmakers from the north east enjoyed a red carpet premiere of documentary films they made in association with Tyneside Cinema and intu.

Thursday, 11th January 2018, 2:37 pm
Northern Stars Documentary Academy Showcase event at the Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle upon Tyne. Filmmakers during the Q&A chaired by Lead Filmmaker, Sean McKenna. (14/12/2017) Credit: Tony Hall Copyright: Tony Hall 2017 All rights reserved For further information contact Tony Hall Tel: +44 (0) 7772 655 839 E-mail: [email protected]

A gala screening of four documentaries made by young filmmakers aged 15 to 18 at the Northern Stars Documentary Academy were enjoyed by participants, mentors, family and friends at Tyneside Cinema.

They were screened to huge acclaim in front of an audience at a private event at the end of December. They will now be entered into film festivals across the UK and abroad.

Mentored by industry professionals, the fledgling directors tackled a range of gritty and fascinating subjects, which they then shot and edited throughout the autumn of last year.

Charlotte Harris, 18, a pupil at Whitley Bay High School and co-director of Plain Sight, said: “My experience on this project working with Tyneside cinema has really allowed me to give a voice to something I feel very strongly about.

“I think, especially when it comes to domestic violence and sexual assault, we as a society think we talk enough about these issues, but it’s clearly still an epidemic that needs to be confronted.

“Creating this documentary was just the beginning of doing just that for me.”