Youngsters ready for a red carpet premiere

A scene from one of the films by Beacon Hill Arts which will be premiered at Playhouse Whitley Bay.
A scene from one of the films by Beacon Hill Arts which will be premiered at Playhouse Whitley Bay.

YOUNG film makers are gearing up to show their latest two productions at a glitzy premiere.

Multi-award winning Beacon Hill Arts are preparing to showcase their latest two comedy shorts Justin the Party Animal and Justin Goes to the Party at Playhouse Whitley Bay on Thursday, July 19.

It is the first time the project has held a major showcase at the borough theatre since 2007 following its major refurbishment programme.

North Shields-based Beacon Hill Arts – which won Best Arts Project at the National Lottery Awards in 2010 – supports talented young film makers and artists with learning disabilities to produce and exhibit their own work, helping develop their own skills.

The two films focus on the adventures of Justin, a disaster prone bellboy and were filmed entirely on location at the Grand Hotel in Tynemouth.

The hotel’s staff will be joining in the celebrations at Thursday’s special premiere event.

And the productions have already received praise from leading critic Mark Kermode, who will feature the project on BBC 2’s The Culture Show the night before the premiere.

Will Sadler, project manager at Beacon Hill Arts, said: “It’s great to be able to return to the borough to celebrate our talented young film makers’ achievements.

“As well as their latest work, the evening will include live musical performances and a dig through the archives to reveal other film gems.

“We hope people will come along and see what all the fuss is about at our event on July 19.”

James Webster, 17, who plays Justin the bellboy, said: “I’m really proud that our work is being shown on the big screen.

“It makes all our hard work worthwhile.”

Nichola McKenna, of Playhouse Whitley Bay, added “It’s wonderful to be welcoming Beacon Hill Arts to the Playhouse and we are looking forward to an excellent evening showcasing North Tyneside’s local talent.”

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