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Make Your Own Screen Heritage coming to the outer boroughs

Date posted: 02.08.2015

Film London is working with 13 London boroughs to deliver a series of grassroots filmmaking projects which will get young Londoners involved in their neighbourhoods' film history and telling their own stories about contemporary London life using archive and newly-shot film footage.

“People often don’t realise that London’s outer boroughs are jam-packed with a rich mix of magnificent mansions, quirky museums and galleries and wonderful open spaces," says Stuart Hobley, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund London.

"So it’s great that, thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, we’re able to support this exciting project that will help young Londoners bring their local areas to life."

London: A Bigger Picture

Dubbed 'Make Your Own Screen Heritage', the new project forms part of the three-year London: A Bigger Picture initiative. Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), it aims to get Londoners enjoying archive footage of the capital while building a wider picture of London life on film.

"This next exciting phase will expand the project’s reach even further, giving young archivists and filmmakers-in-the-making from all over the city valuable skills while helping them add their own voices to London’s ever-evolving story," lauds Adrian Wootton, Chief Executive of Film London and the British Film Commission.

What the project entails

Make Your Own Screen Heritage will see Film London working with six community organisations to deliver a series of bespoke projects in 13 outer London boroughs.

Each case will see young people exploring the history of their hometowns with vintage film footage from London's Screen Archives while gaining the filmmaking and editing skills they need to create their own films.

The project aims to engage young people at a local level, helping them establish new community links and develop valuable new skills. Each borough will also benefit from additional films being unearthed, bolstering the range of archive footage from the area.

The 13 London boroughs taking part in Make Your Own Screen Heritage are Barking and Dagenham, Bexley, Brent, Bromley, Croydon, Enfield, Haringey, Havering, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Merton, Redbridge and Sutton.

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