Premiere for over 60s' films

Original short films made by people over the age of 60 in collaboration with students will be premiered at one of the city's best-loved cinemas.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 8th December 2016, 11:59 am
Updated Wednesday, 14th December 2016, 12:32 pm
Still from 'Swans Are Not The Only Birds.'
Still from 'Swans Are Not The Only Birds.'

Created as part of the 2016 CINAGE: Filmmaking for Active Ageing project, which brought together novices and Leeds Beckett University filmmaking students, the four short films will be screened at the Hyde Park Picture House on Sunday.

Eighteen people over the age of 60 with no previous filmmaking experience took part in an immersive programme of specialist workshops in script writing, directing, producing and editing at the Northern Film School at Leeds Beckett. The films incorporate drama, animation and documentary and were produced over the course of 10 months.

Jennifer Granville, principal lecturer in the Northern Film School and CINAGE project leader, said: “Our group have received support by academics from across the School of Film, Music and Performing Arts and our Northern Film School students and alumni have been integral in the production of the four short films, as well as professional animation studio SHERBET, making CINAGE a truly intergenerational and collaborative learning experience. We are very excited about screening the films at the beautiful Hyde Park Picture House.”

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Still from 'Do Not Disturb.'

The films, which were shot in West Yorkshire and using green screen technology, are: ‘Stormy Weather’, a real-life drama set inside a hospice; ‘Do Not Disturb’, a comedy set inside a fictitious retirement home; the drama, ‘Swans Are Not The Only Birds’; and fantasy drama/animation, ‘Papiyon Vole!’

The films will be shown from 1pm to 2.30pm followed by a question and answer session with the participants.

Still from 'Do Not Disturb.'