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Lights, camera, action - Wigan pupils set for 'My World' film premiere
Tuesday 29th June, 2010

Lights, camera, action - Wigan pupils set for 'My World' film premiere
Hollyoaks actor, Ricky Whittle with Wigan students Jessica Holt and Sophie Morris.

They say there is no business like showbusiness - and students in Wigan have been learning that behind the glamour of the film industry is actually a lot of hard graft.

Pupils from a number of Wigan schools have been participating in a European Social Fund (ESF) funded creative industries project - ‘Graft and Glamour’ - with the Ideas Foundation and they will be attending the film premiere of their short film, ‘My World’, on Wednesday 30th June 2010 at NOVAS in Liverpool.

The Ideas Foundation is an educational charity set up by advertising celebrity, Robin Wright, President of the Engine Group. The foundation aims to broaden the pool of talent entering media-related industries by spotting and nurturing talent in youngsters who are not from typical social and cultural backgrounds associated with the industry.

Wigan pupils have been working with a youth engagement team and TV production companies, Toxteth TV and Lime Pictures for one day a week since March 2010, to produce a short film based on their own lives. And the result is ‘My World’, a short drama written, acted and filmed by the students.

The pupils were given a helping hand along the way by Hollyoaks actor, Ricky Whittle, who helped to mentor the pupils and hosted a workshop at Lime Pictures studios in Liverpool.

Deborah Davidson, Ideas Foundation Projects Manager, says: “The students have done a fantastic job with their film. They’ve worked really hard and should be very proud of themselves. It should not be underestimated how demanding the creative industries can be. It is an extremely competitive field and these projects are a great opportunity for young people to showcase their skills and talents.”

After the private screening in Liverpool, the film will also be shown at a Channel 4 showcase event – ‘Creative Fix’ - in London on 1st July and the film will be shown to a number of VIPs, government ministers and influential people within the media industry.

Wigan Council’s Cabinet Champion for Children and Young People, Cllr Susan Loudon, says: “Projects such as the ‘Graft and Glamour’ project do an important job in helping to re-engage pupils at the risk of exclusion and provide an ongoing network of support, as pupils begin to progress their career. I hope the students enjoy every moment of their film premiere and are proud of their achievements.”

For further information, please contact Josie Neil at Wigan Council’s Media and Communications team on 01942 827369.

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