Community Filmmakers

‘Community Film Makers’ was a three year film project for residents of New Bolsover Model Village to document the progress of the Heritage Lottery Funded conservation and regeneration project. The film makers have been monitoring the changes, both physical and emotional responses, at regular intervals and will continue to do so until the regeneration is complete.

Children take part in the Community Film Makers workshops at New Bolsover Model Village

The participants have learnt to film and edit using iPads and have worked with local film company Can-Do Film in 2016 and now with Derby based director, Christopher Bevan for 2017-18.

The documentary film will be a valuable record and educational tool showing the improvement work and will be something that can be used in the future by researchers, advocates and local historians alike. The film will also record the changes in people’s attitudes and day-to-day lives as the work progresses. The film will be a wonderful resource to promote the work of HLF and the impact of HLF funding towards supporting the positive impact of community participation in such projects to the wider community and further afield.

In 2017 Director Chris Bevan has started working on this project to work with volunteer community film makers in New Bolsover. His first event was held at The Big Lunch at Vale Park, where he ran a short film competition during the day. The prize of a free starter lantern making kit was given to three brothers who really took to the challenge of capturing the event with Chris. The following event, an iMovie editing workshop, was held on the 1st August at the Community House (133 New Bolsover). Those who took part storyboarded, filmed and edited two short films and contributed to the documenting of the regeneration work that will be included in a short film for the Heritage Open Day in September 2017. More details about the screening in September to follow.

As part of the New Bolsover Model Village regeneration scheme, Junction Arts has also delivered ‘Banter and Banner’ and ‘Art on the Model’.