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Over-60s film project premiers at Hyde Park Picture House


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A series of original short films made by teams of over-60s in collaboration with filmmaking students at Leeds Beckett University will be premiered at the Hyde Park Picture House on Sunday 11 December.

Over-60s film project premiers at Hyde Park Picture House

Created as part of the 2016 CINAGE: Filmmaking for Active Ageing project, the four short films will be shown from 1–2.30pm followed by a question and answer session with the participants. 

The films, which incorporate drama, animation and documentary, were produced over the course of 10 months. A total of 18 people over the age of 60 with no previous filmmaking experience took part in an immersive programme of specialist workshops in scriptwriting, directing, producing and editing at the Northern Film School at Leeds Beckett.

Still from 'Papiyon Vole!' 
Papiyon Vole!

With access to state-of-the-art equipment and learning environments, participants were asked to reflect on their own personal experiences through activities including performance and creative writing. Each participant used their reflections and life memories as a platform to develop and write short film screenplays. Four scripts were then selected by the group to move forward into film production with the films being shot at locations across West Yorkshire and, for the first time in the project, using green screen technology.  

The four films to be screened are: Stormy Weather, a real-life drama set inside a hospice, capturing the connection between two daughters coming to terms with loss and grief; Do Not Disturb (pictured top), a comedy set inside a fictitious retirement home, following the antics of three elderly residents and their relationship with the site manager who has eyes for the aerobics instructor; the drama Swans Are Not The Only Birds, which follows George, a retired widower as he attempts to get used to his newly-installed hearing aids whilst establishing a new life for himself in a different-sounding world; and Papiyon Vole!, a fantasy drama/animation which follows the story of Theo and a surprise magical journey of discovery in Martinique. A short documentary about the making of the CINAGE 2016 films will follow.

Still from 'Stormy Weather'
Stormy Weather

Jennifer Granville, Principal Lecturer in the Northern Film School and CINAGE Project Leader, commented: “CINAGE started life as an EU-funded, later life learning project, between partners in Slovenia, Italy, the UK and Portugal. The original research was concerned with exploring the competencies consistent with a healthier, more active, later life. The project used film as a driver for the discussion of ageing themes and as a platform to empower senior individuals to tell their own stories of ageing through short film. That project was a huge success, with the films made by seniors being screened internationally and seeing members of the course embarking of MAs and PhDs in Filmmaking!  

“Now in its second year, we are delighted to present four original short films written and produced by over 60s with no previous filmmaking experience. Our group have received support by academics from across the School of Film, Music and Performing Arts and our Northern Film School students and alumni have been integral in the production of the four short films, as well as professional animation studio SHERBET, making CINAGE a truly intergenerational and collaborative learning experience. We are very excited about screening the films at the beautiful Hyde Park Picture House."

Still from 'Swans are not the only birds'
Swans are Not the Only Birds

Applications are now being accepted for two new cohorts of CINAGE for 2017: one in filmmaking and one in contemporary performance. For more information about both the screening and how to get involved with CINAGE 2017, please contact David Turner on 0113 812 3330 or by email