Project Postcode opens acting doors for teenagers
April 19, 2012
Young people were given a taste of life in the world of film, TV and radio at an all-day event at Reading Town Hall.
Professional actors, musicians and media experts held workshops for 14 to 19-year-olds as an introduction to Project Postcode.
The initiative, being led by Reading-born Hollywood actor Winston Ellis, is due to start rolling out to schools in June.
About 150 young people joined in the taster day which was held in association with Reading Borough Council’s Positive Futures project.
Mr Ellis, who appeared in Pirates of the Caribbean, said: “It was absolutely fantastic.
“They all did an amazing job and it was just one big fun day. The youngsters got something out of it and I think the actors got something out of it as well because Project Postcode is also about sitting down and listening to what young people want.”
Bredrin Filmworks, founded by Mr Ellis, launched Project Postcode in Reading as a community-based initiative for young people from all backgrounds.
The team, which also includes actors Andy Beckwith, Hollyoaks’s Jay Khan and Endz’s Jamie Dorrington, aims to motivate and inspire young people by providing training in acting and the media, resulting in the production of a full-length feature film.
Mr Ellis said: “We have got some really great artists who have dedicated their time and effort and I’ve got a few surprises up my sleeve. It’s going to be an amazing experience.”
Project Postcode has teamed up with a pub in Putney, called The Half Moon, which will be holding live music events, with a percentage of the proceeds donated to the initiative.
Visit www.project-postcode.com for more details.