Screen Northants secures BBC Children in Need support and announces its first feature film to shoot this summer

Social enterprise film company Screen Northants has secured BBC Children in Need funding of £105,000 over 3 years to produce films with disadvantaged young people in Northamptonshire to increase their aspirations, life and work skills, and local pride. Screen Northants are appealing to local businesses to provide match funding to this grant, to support their work with disadvantaged young people and help Screen Northants to promote Northamptonshire as a great place to visit, live, work and do business.

The first film Screen Northants will be producing is a feature length modern day Shakespeare’s Macbeth shooting in Northampton. Groups of disadvantaged children will work under a professional crew on the Pre-Production of the film, culminating in a 5 week shoot in the school summer holidays. The casting for the film will be done through open auditions in Northants and the cast will be predominantly made up of local young people.

Becky Adams, Director of Screen Northants, says, “We are over the moon that BBC Children in Need are supporting us again after our successful Small Grant last year. We are looking forward to making a tangible difference to young people’s life chances as well as highlighting the amazing array of talent, locations and creativity in Northamptonshire. We need local businesses that share our passion for the county, the potential of its young people and the future workforce, to support our work, whether that’s through financial sponsorship or donation of services or products.”

Paul Mills, Director of Screen Northants, says, “This is what we love so much about our social enterprise model. We’re able to make a feature where all the revenue will come back into the company and fund future work, whilst also being able to make a big impact on young people’s lives, and help increase opportunity and diversity in the British film industry. There is so much press about our future workforce’s lack of soft skills in the Film Industry, as well as many other sectors, and we hope our model goes some way to helping tackle that.”

Longstanding Film Director for Burberry, Daryl Chase is attached as Director. He has been responsible for directing numerous commercials, music videos, documentaries and high profile campaigns featuring the likes of Romeo Beckham, James Corden and Julie Walters among others. He has directed three short films including The Thinker which won the Audience Award at the East End Film Festival. A keen eye for imagery he has also worked as a Director of Photography across various outputs including feature docs like the MOJO-award-winning UpSide Down: The Creation Records Story and music documentaries for the likes of Kaiser Chiefs and Jake Bugg, winning many NME Video of the Week awards.

Daryl says “I’m excited and inspired by the prospect of exploring an emotive, modern and dynamic visual approach to a classic, texturally rich story.”

Screen Northants is a non-profit film company based in the Grosvenor Centre Northampton. Under the Screen Northants banner there are 4 interdependent strands: Films which produces industry quality feature films, Academy which provides industry work experience for young people 14-25yrs, Agency which promotes Northants to the film industry primarily through Location, Crew and Actor databases, and Community which uses the Film Industry for the good of Northamptonshire and its people.

For more information you can contact Screen Northants on info@screennorthants.co.uk or visit them in the Grosvenor Centre during weekdays.

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