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Premiere Screening of three North East Documentaries ahead of National Broadcast

Date 29 Nov 2007

Three North East Documentary filmmakers are to have their work screened at a specially arranged premiere event before they are broadcast nationally to a potential audience of 8 million viewers.

Peter Adegbie, Hugh Kelly and Steve Carolan have made three extraordinarily revealing documentaries on different aspects of North East life that will be screened to an audience of 250 guests at Newcastle's Civic Centre on Friday 23 November 2007 before being broadcast on Community Channel in late 2007/early 2008.

Made through Capture, the £40,000 Community Documentary Scheme funded and run by Regional Screen Agency Northern Film & Media in partnership with Community Channel, the documentaries focus on subjects as diverse as Newcastle's Czech Roma Community, the subtle struggle for control and the question of status in an African family, and a man with learning disabilities determined to become a martial arts hero. The documentaries are political, moving and provocative in turn.

Tom Harvey, Chief Executive, Northern Film & Media comments:"It is very important that we enable writers and directors to produce works that result in North East voices and stories being broadcast on national television. Capture, our Community Documentary Scheme has done exactly that. We are very proud of the three documentaries that have been produced and I'm sure audiences will be intrigued by what they have to say."

Commenting on the scheme, Controller of Community Channel, Adam Perry, says:"The Community Documentary Scheme, now in its second year, has once again thrown up a rich mix of ideas and talent from the North East; three very different subjects, three very different approaches, three very rewarding films.

"In partnership with Northern Film & Media we have helped these talented filmmakers to deliver high quality, original work with the purpose of encouraging new voices and new talent from the region."

Lisa Laws, Creative Communities Manager at Northern Film & Media, says: "The 3 films share with their audience a collective sense of pride and community spirit that is, even in the face of adversity, uniquely uplifting. It pleases me greatly that the filmmakers have captured the genuine voice of enlivened North East communities.

"We're sure that the audience at this event and the viewers of Community Channel will enjoy the range of stories about people in the North East who are setting out to make a difference, changing their lives and their communities."

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