If you haven’t heard of Screen Northants, where have you been?! The social enterprise was established to make sure that young people who want to get into the film industry have access to training and experience without being hindered by financial and geographic limits.
Plus they’re striving to make Northampton a real option for larger scale film productions outside of London.
Working out of the Grosvenor Centre, they run workshops and networking events, and now they’re producing Macbeth, a feature film staring actors aged 14-30.
The group has secured funding from BBC’s Children In Need to produce films working with disadvantaged young people across Northampton. Macbeth sees them working with professional crew to produce the film, which is being shot over 5 weeks in the school summer holidays.
Becky Adams, Director of Screen Northants, says, “We are over the moon that BBC Children in Need are supporting us again after our successful Small Grant last year. We are looking forward to making a tangible difference to young people’s life chances as well as highlighting the amazing array of talent, locations and creativity in Northamptonshire.”
Directing the film is Daryl Chase, who has been responsible for a number high profile commercials and campaigns, staring the likes of Romeo Beckham, James Corden and Julie Walters amongst others, and has directed award winning short films. Chase says, “Far from being a cliché youth gang film, this is a deeper, darker tale of politics, desire, ambition, corruption, ego and obsession. As the world closes physically and mentally around Macbeth the sense of real and surreal hangs dangerously in the balance. We’ll be maintaining the original Shakespeare text but burying it deep in a real and modern world. Shakespeare sought to give people an escape from their lives, to weave magical tales, enticing them to forget the world for a moment, but often by showing them a reality masked in mystery. Macbeth is a story relevant to many walks of life.”
The trailer for Macbeth was released last week, and I think you’ll agree it is stunning!
Various sites across Northampton are being used to create the setting for this gritty, urban retelling of one of Shakespeares’ most popular plays, including Spring Boroughs, East Northampton, Kings Heath, areas near Wellingborough Road – and “lots of underpasses!” says Becky. Screen Northants are taking the story from ancient Scotland to a contemporary dystopian estate on the fringes of society, pitting estate against estate. Macbeth and the love of his life, Lady Macbeth, make moves to escape the rut they find themselves in.
Screen Northants will be at Daventry Arts Festival on the 29th of June, talking all about their upcoming projects and the film industry here in Northamptonshire.
— Screen Northants (@ScreenNorthants) 6 June 2017
If you’re interested in finding out more about what Screen Northants does, including their database for actors, creatives and crew, check out their website here, and you can follow them on Facebook and Twitter.
There’s even still time to get involved with Macbeth – email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details