National TV debut for young Birmingham filmmakers

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National TV debut for young Birmingham filmmakers

Five young people from the Fairbridge charity in Digbeth, Birmingham, had their short film broadcast to the nation on the Community Channel in March.

‘The Hotel’, a psychological thriller, was given the kind of break that filmmakers dream of through the Community Channel’s Talent Studio project which gives young people from disadvantaged backgrounds the opportunity to have their voices heard through film.

The group were trained in filmmaking by a dedicated professional media trainer and supported by a volunteer mentor from the media industry. They also each completed an accredited qualification, The Bronze Arts Award.

Cally Mills aged 17, who was one of the next big things both behind the camera and in front of it in ‘The Hotel’ said,

“The Talent Studio course helped me to take another step towards my dream career (I want to act). It gave me the chance to learn about all aspects of filmmaking and I really enjoyed working with other people “on set”. I also visited London after the project to speak about my experience and we had a tour of the BBC studios. I feel that my confidence has improved loads as a result of being involved. Getting a Bronze Arts Award was also a bonus. I would recommend any other young people that would not get the chance to make a film, to do this course. I am really looking forward to seeing the film on the television.”

‘The Hotel’ introduces James Abbot in a charismatic performance as an unnamed hotel guest who sets out to discover the secret behind the ghostly presence in Room 101. ‘The Hotel’ is a seat-grippingly effective chiller with a twist worthy of the Sixth Sense (which will not be revealed here!). The short film packs a lot of punch into its six minute running time and can still be watched on the Talent Studio webpage.

Talent Studio is being run by the Community Channel in partnership with Fairbridge and Catch22 with funding from the Big Lottery Fund and will deliver 72 film courses in two years across four cities, involving 576 young people.

Those of a nervous disposition should under no account enter ‘The Hotel’

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