Action: filmmakers in production

A partnership between intu and Newcastle’s Tyneside Cinema is giving young filmmakers much more than just a chance to see their names in lights

Lauren McCaughey is a documentary director who has just been judged ‘the best north east young filmmaker’ at the North East Young Filmmakers Awards.

Her film ‘OUT’, exploring the challenges facing individuals emerging into the LGBT community, also picked up a commendation from The Royal Television Society earlier this year. 

She is one of several budding filmmakers experiencing new success in the film industry after participating in Northern Stars Documentary Academy, which has just entered its fifth year as a result of a partnership between intu and Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle.

Teenagers from across the north east are encouraged to enter the free programme every year to gain hands-on experience and employability skills from a number of leading filmmakers. They learn how to direct, produce and edit and are provided with professional equipment to create their own short films. Previous participants have then used their academy experience to secure university placements or as part of a portfolio to get work in the film industry.

Other films made possible as a result of the partnership include ‘Ashleigh’, a portrait of a disabled woman’s struggle to pursue her life-long passion of becoming a dancer, which was awarded Best Professionally Supported Production by The Royal Television Society at this year’s Young People’s Media Festival.

intu's corporate responsibility director Alexander Nicoll is a champion of the programme which has been sponsored by intu since its inception in 2012, when the academy launched from a space in intu Eldon Square.

“We know that we can have an impact on the communities we operate within and working with local partners as well as our tenants on projects like this creates employment opportunities that benefits their businesses, our own business and the wider community.”

“The Northern Stars Documentary Film Academy shows this kind of initiative in action and it’s fantastic to see our partnership with Tyneside Cinema opening doors to excellent training, top jobs and rewarding careers”

Look out for some young filmmakers at Revo 2017 where they will be working with intu and Revo to gain some valuable on the job experience!