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Star date: 8th August 2011

UNLEASHING THE SALFORD MOVIE

Behind the back of the BBC and MediaCityUK there's a film being made every day in Salford, out in the community where the real stuff goes off. Now CRIS: Unleashing Creativity is aiming to gather in all the people who have had a taste of movie making and mix them all together to make one huge Salford Feature Film. And anyone with a few skills can be part of it.

Full details here…


What no-one in the south – not the Daily Express, the Daily Malice, Peter Salmon, Jeremy Clarkson, and all the `community engagement' consultants…like, no-one - can get their heads around is that, beyond Media City and the BBC, Salford people are quite capable of doing creativity for themselves.

The Salford Star has been getting inundated for years with information from Salford people making films, sit coms, dramas, radio productions, videos and lots more. For years they've just been getting on with it. Not in shiny glass towers. But out in the real community. In Langworthy. In Walkden. In Irlam. In Broughton. In Pendleton. In Little Hulton. If the BBC and Media City folk want to pick up on this, great. If not, take your patronising `bringing culture to Salford' attitude and do one

Now, CRIS: Unleashing Creativity, which has been at the forefront of community film making in the city, is making a full length Salford Feature Film. And anyone who has picked up some skills from all this movie making can get involved, from writers and actors, to set designers and editors, to those with admin or even accountancy skills.

The idea is to give people, who may have had a bit of experience producing a video or something, a step up to get real work based experience and opportunities in the media industry.

"After working in Greater Manchester for eight years we've got a critical mass in terms of people we've trained, supported and nurtured" says Alison Surtees of CRIS: Unleashing Creativity "This is going to enable us to push at the base of the industry and give people opportunities to get into the creative sector that are not being offered anywhere else."

The Raising Aspirations scheme is aimed at people on who are unemployed or on low incomes or who are lone parents

If you want to get on board the big Salford Feature Film, give Steph Pierce a ring on 0161 839 7983 or e-mail steph@unleashingcreativity.org as soon as possible.

* CRIS: Unleashing Creativity is also looking to take on people aged 18-25 to train as development workers in the creative community. That means basically finding out what the community wants and kind of giving it to them.

"The hardest thing about working in our community has been trying to get the right people for the job, so we're training them up ourselves" says CRIS founder Alison Surtees.

You get paid for doing the training too. If you're interested give Steph Pierce a bell as soon as possible on 0161 839 7983 or e-mail steph@unleashingcreativity.org

 

Brian Francis Kirkham wrote
at 15:43:15 on 12 August 2011
Well said Mike, If you took some of the creative projects produced by CRIS and others over the last few months, i'm sure you could produce something worthy of our tv screens. That said, perhaps when the Londoncentric lot work with us - they might get a pleasant surprise
 
Mike Scantlebury wrote
at 20:49:49 on 08 August 2011
I agree. What 'Mediacity' doesn't seem to realise is that Salford IS a 'media city', already, and they didn't have to arrive here to prove it. I've put that into a novel, a crime thriller, and, predictably I can't get anyone down on the Quays to even look at it. I've sent details to all the BBC arts programmes, like 'Front Row', 'Saturday Review', the Radio 2 arts show, Newsnight Review, etc. Not one has replied. Hey, they like to dish it out, but they can't take it.
 
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