The Film Cuts Club is our filmmaking club for young people with additional needs, run by filmmakers Mark and Benn Turton. We have been funded by BBC Children in Need for nearly 4 years, with the Saturday club at Hadfield Youth Centre building into a very successful and welcoming environment. The group is aged 8 upwards and has a fantastic mix of abilities and a few older young volunteers.
The club aims to teach the full process of film making to all participants, with collaboration over discussion of current work, progress and aims.
Everyone takes a turn at the different roles including writing and planning, directing, camera work, acting and then editing and post-production. With an overview of how these roles work, people then specialise in an area that suits them most and they form teams where each person’s strengths support the others in the group.
More experienced and older members are encouraged to become more independent and to support new starters.
“It’s been amazing – working with everyone, working with all the people who make it work – get our heads together, make a good film and we’re just enjoying ourselves basically – I love it”
Click here for our showreel of films made by the group. (Coming soon!)
We also run sessions at Chapel en le Frith after school club for one term. Last they produced a magazine-style show, with features drawn from ideas across the group.
“It’s sort of a free rein thing as well – where as most of the stuff they do in lessons… is sort of directed by ‘well this is what we’re doing today’ – they’ve not done this before and it quite surprised me how well they’ve thrown themselves into it.” Teaching Assistant.
For more information or to sign up contact Sophie on 01663 744516, or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.