Fenland Films

Celebration of Local Films Made by Young People

A film festival was held at King's Lynn Town Hall on 18th November 2014 to showcase a variety of films made by local young people. Many of these were made for the Fenland Lives & Land project by youngsters living across the fens. The exciting all day event included two screenings and featured the premier of 'Cathead', a comic adventure created by the King's Lynn Youth Forum, as well as 'Washes, Water & Wildfowl', a stop-motion animation created by migrant workers and their families in conjunction with the HLF-funded Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership.

The showcase also included two films that were selected for the BBC Young Film Makers festival. 'Lord Orford's Voyage' was made as part of the Fenland Lives & Land project by a group of 10-14 year olds from King's Lynn. It comically documents the antics of Lord Orford's 1774 jolly through the Fen waterways which he recorded in his personal journal. The film featured in the ‘Living on Land & Water’ exhibition which toured the region via the Fens Museum Partnership. 

The other film that was chosen by the BBC was 'Super Mecha Tech Plate', which was made by Lynn Museum Youth Forum to support the successful Town Hall HLF bid. This Python-esque film shows various pieces from the town’s collection of civic regalia forming huge robot-like beings that stomp through old images of Lynn.

 

Fenland Lives & Land Film Shortlisted for International Award

A film made as part of the Fenland Lives and Land project was a finalist of the international Museums in Short awards, one of 10 out of 45 films from 45 different European countries. The film, entitled 'When the Landlord came for Rent', was made by unemployed young people from NACRO in Wisbech (several of whom gained a Bronze Arts Award for their part in the project) in collaboration with Octavia Hill Birthplace Museum and the Wisbech & Fenland Museum, with film-maker Matthew Harrison. It uses hand-made puppets and stop-motion animation to represent the plight of the poor in Wisbech in the Victorian period and the significance of Octavia Hill, who was born in the fenland town. The film travelled around the region as part of the Living on Land and Water exhibition.


You can see the film alongside the other finalists here:http://www.museumsinshort.eu/winners/elenco.asp?idanno=2

Photo:Fen Youth Film Fest

Fen Youth Film Fest

Photo:One of the charachters featured in 'When the Landlord came for Rent'

One of the charachters featured in 'When the Landlord came for Rent'

Photo:We discovered Loretta had great talent for making model's costumes, a vital element of the finished film.

We discovered Loretta had great talent for making model's costumes, a vital element of the finished film.

Photo:Two washerwomen work hard in one of the scenes from the film

Two washerwomen work hard in one of the scenes from the film

Photo:The Great Expectations exhibition at Wisbech & Fenland Museum was of great inspiration to the group, as was a guided tour by Peter Clayton of Octavia Hill Birthplace Museum.

The Great Expectations exhibition at Wisbech & Fenland Museum was of great inspiration to the group, as was a guided tour by Peter Clayton of Octavia Hill Birthplace Museum.

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