intu Supports Young Filmmaker Academy in Newcastle
Published on 22/10/2014

intu Supports Young Filmmaker Academy
Tyneside Cinema and intu present four short documentaries made by young filmmakers from the North East.
Newcastle’s Tyneside Cinema and intu are delighted to present four short documentaries made by young filmmakers at the Northern Stars Documentary Film Academy. The films were unveiled last week at a gala screening at the Cinema, attended by The Lord Mayor of Newcastle, Councillor George Pattison, and the Mayor of Gateshead, Councillor Neil Weatherley, and are available to watch now at
Over the summer of 2014, seventeen young people aged 15-19 from across the North East took part in the free programme of workshops at Tyneside Cinema, which gave participants the chance to work with leading industry professionals and gain hands-on experience of directing, producing and editing their own short documentaries.
The four completed films were devised by the young people themselves and include the story of a transgender teenager; a film about the life of an elderly grandmother; a quirky look at the independent Settle Down Café; and a documentary about Newcastle, shown through the different perspectives of people who live there.
Imogen Dodds, one of the young filmmakers who took part in this year’s Academy programme, said:

“Taking part in the academy has given me the chance to make a film I think is important, to make something I want to watch. It was hard work and at some points I was mildly terrified, but the experience of finally being shown how to get an idea out of my head and on to screen made it undeniably enjoyable.”

Dan Lawrence, (16) from Newcastle, who directed a film focusing on memories of his 90 year old grandmother, added:

"After many hours of interviewing our subject, we were all rather stumped as to where to go next with the project! Thanks to our mentor Hannah McPartlin, she guided us through this rough patch and we were able to find our way through the editing process and the whole team was pleased with the eventual result."

Pushan Basu (18) from Gosforth, who took a Director of Photography role in the film Nunchi, commented:

"This was a really amazing experience for the whole team, who worked well together throughout the project. We quickly had to learn to compromise as original, and then secondary ideas just didn't work. I really want to work in the film industry and feel this has opened my eyes and given me a good grounding."

Mark Dobson, Tyneside Cinema’s Chief Executive, said:

 “The young filmmakers have worked exceptionally hard over the summer to create four fantastic and inspiring short films, and we’re very proud of everything they’ve achieved. This is the second year of the Northern Stars Documentary Film Academy, and we’re incredibly grateful to intu for their support, which has enabled us to provide this free opportunity for even more young people in the North East to learn new skills and develop themselves as filmmakers this year.”

Alexander Nicoll, intu’s ‎Corporate Responsibility Director, said:

“intu values the partnerships we create with outstanding organisations like Tyneside Cinema and I look forward to further developing our relationship with the Cinema, now in its second year, and helping to support their work with young people throughout the North East.”

The Northern Stars Documentary Film Academy has been made possible by the support of Intu Properties plc, who co-own intu Eldon Square in Newcastle and intu Metrocentre in Gateshead. Their partnership with Tyneside Cinema began in 2012, when intu Eldon Square offered the Cinema an unprecedented opportunity to create a unique filmmaking facility in a shop unit on High Friars. The local success of Pop-Up Film School led intu to look at other partnership opportunities with the Cinema and the resulting development in 2013 of the Northern Stars Documentary Film Academy is now a key part of intu’s corporate responsibility strategy, focusing on support for young people in the North East.
The Northern Stars Documentary Film Academy is a partnership between Intu Properties plc (intu Eldon Square and intu Metrocentre), Tyneside Cinema and Northern Stars, with support from The Shears Foundation.
Watch all four documentaries plus a ‘behind-the-scenes’ film showing how they were made at 

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