A new ‘movie hub’ where young people can learn how to create a film is due to open at the Weston Favell Shopping Centre at the start of 2015.
Reelscape Coomunity, a not-for-profit organisation, will be taking over a unit in the shopping centre on January 5.
The movie hub will be a community workshop scheme where young people will work with film professionals on the pre-production of a film called Fortune Cookies, which is due to be screened in UK cinemas.
The project has received money through the Big Lottery Fund and from the Ernest Cook Trust.
Reelscape Community chairperson, Becky Adams, said: “We’ve been bowled over by Weston Favell Shopping Centre’s support and it’s great that we are now at the heart of the community. The large shop space gives us a little of the film studio feel, whilst also allowing different groups of young people to collaborate, the public to appreciate their work in our highly visible spot and for the community to share ideas.
“It is especially wonderful that we can announce the news at the same time as receiving a grant from Growing Together which focuses on serving the same community.”
Kevin Legg, Weston Favell Centre manager, said: “Weston Favell Shopping Centre has been at the hub of the local community for the past 40 years and continues to provide a vital service to both local residents and the wider population of Northampton, with nearly seven million customers per annum, visiting over 65 stores, including one of the largest Tesco Extras in the UK.
“We have been working alongside many community projects over recent years and we see our work with Reelscape as an obvious partnership with the centre providing convenience, ease of access and ideal facilities to support such a venture right in the heart of the community in which the beneficiaries live and shop.
“Redefine International PLC, the Landlords of Weston Favell and the Management Team are delighted to have the opportunity, and be in a position, to support such a worthwhile project.”
Workshops will be held over eight weeks on topics such as the film’s script, set building, production and costume design, and camera and lighting will focus on building transferable life, literacy and work skills, developing confidence and employability, and increasing engagement with school, literacy and careers.
Fortune Cookies is a cross-cultural family comedy about a young girl struggling to balance her father’s desire to give her a traditional Chinese upbringing with her own ambition of becoming an actress.