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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com