Young film makers hold Willy Wonka themed movie premier

Last night young people and staff from our Bridging the Gap project held a Willy Wonka themed movie premier style event at Ilfracombe Embassy Cinema to show case “Behind the scenes”, a film starring the young people, which they also wrote and produced themselves.

Young people and staff dressed as characters from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and the Embassy Cinema was decorated with colourful sweets, lollipops and chocolates that were handmade by the young people during their weekly youth club meetings.

The film was created as part of a project working jointly with the Plough Arts Centre and Ilfracombe Embassy Cinema and was funded by the Lottery’s Awards for All.

Around 50 young people were involved in the project which aimed to use drama and film to develop important life skills such as problem solving, team work and communication and also to help build confidence and self esteem, encouraging young people to overcome fear and shyness. 

The project initially started as a drama group which, led by the young people, developed into creating a film about their youth club using a Willy Wonka theme. They worked together to think of different ways of filming their youth club, using mobile phones, a video recorder and a go pro camera. The footage was then edited by Sophie Hatch from the Plough Arts Centre.

The young people worked really hard on the project and had lots of fun along the way.

Cee-Jay, age 10, said “Since starting this drama project I have made really good friends.”

Kailia, age 11, said “The drama project has really helped my confidence.”

Owen, age 9, said “It’s been so much fun.”

Skye, age 10, said “At first I found it really hard to talk or act in front of others, now I can.”

Special thanks to Ilfracombe Rotary Club who presented a cheque for £750 to support this year's Bridging the Gap PGL outdoor adventure weekend.

If you would like to watch the film please click this link