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Formerly homeless youngsters were given a licence to film

July 4 2013


Formerly homeless youngsters were given a licence to film.

Five residents from Supported Living Schemes in Wrexham made their own James Bond movies as part of a taster day organised by the Widening Partnership team at Glyndŵr University.

Youngsters from The Foyer and Hurst Newton, two schemes managed by Clwyd Alyn Housing Association for formerly homeless people, were given basic advice on filming techniques before being split into two groups.

They were then assisted by film and photography students from the University’s North Wales School of Art and Design.

The groups then each scripted, acted, filmed and edited a short film on the 007 theme.

The completed movie will be premiered at the residents’ own ResFest event at Glyndŵr later this month.

“It was a superb experience for all involved and a real pleasure working with Glyndŵr University on this project,” said Ade Harvey, Life Skills Coordinator for Clwyd Alyn Housing Association.

“The young people engaged fantastically and seeing them get chance to be creative while having the opportunity to learn new skills and use state of the art equipment was great.

“One of the films involved a custard pie moment with the title of ‘Live and Let Pie!”

The residents taking part were Lauren Hughes, Matthew Jones, Ashley Richards, Jake Gray and David Drury Morrison.

The students were Ayse Kaya, Holly Cooper and Sue McGrane, and coordinating the day was Senior Film and Photography Lecturer, Stewart Edwards.

They were also joined by Project Worker Rebecca Turner-Waford.

Stewart said: “The students and residents formed two creative teams and achieved a tremendous amount in one day.

“This included, conceptual work, planning, filming, editing and post-production. It was good to see how film making can bring together people from all backgrounds to collaborate and complete a challenging brief." 

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