Seacroft has been captured on film by young documentary film makers in East Leeds in a new film titled Seacroft Past, Present and Future. Established in August 2009, the Seacroft Youth Film Factory project has been running in partnership with Space2, Leeds Bridge community film organisation and the Youth Service at the Denis Healey Centre.
Seacroft Film Factory’s documentary film trailer was shown at Hyde Park Picture House in April as part of Screen Yorkshire’s slot at the Young People’s Film Festival, with the final complete film along with Bloopers and outtakes at the David Young Community Academy at the end of April.
Find Your Talent have supported a further film project with the young people, through the Film Festival’s 24 hour Film Challenge. Another film called Blue Boundaries was created based on the local history of Temple Newsam where a rumoured ‘Blue Lady’ wanders the grounds.
The project worked with young people 11 – 19, who explored local history through the medium of film. The group took part in practical delivery sessions, visited the National Media Museum, and also Bradford and Leeds Metropolitan University’s Northern Film School.
This innovative scheme developed arts and media-based skills, increased self-esteem, raised aspirations, and introduced pathways to positive future education and/or career choices in the arts and media. Following the sessions – where the group learned how to edit, shoot and plan their own films – four young people gained their Bronze Arts Award in January 2010, with a further 3 collecting Bronze PAYP awards and 1 Gold PAYP award.