Youngsters hit the big screen

Children  Ellie Wilson, Chloe Kean & Michael Corris  edit their film 'It's Fun to be Young', watched by Gea Hunter & Donna Strachan.
Children Ellie Wilson, Chloe Kean & Michael Corris edit their film 'It's Fun to be Young', watched by Gea Hunter & Donna Strachan.

Two movies featuring Woodburn kids will premiere in Dalkeith tonight (Thursday), showcasing just what they can do when given a chance.

Murder at the Neuk and It’s Fun to be Young will be shown from 6-8pm at Dalkeith Arts Centre for Woodburn Makes Movies.

Primary 6 pupils from Woodburn Primary school in  Murder at the Neuk

Primary 6 pupils from Woodburn Primary school in Murder at the Neuk

It’s Fun to be Young was made by four children from the Bill Russell Youth Project, showcasing life growing up in Woodburn. It was funded by The Coalfields Community Futures.

Donna Strachan from the Bill Russell Youth Project revealed more about the project.

She said: “It started about three months ago.

“I think it’s good to show what kids in Woodburn and Dalkeith can do.

“It’s really great to support them when they are doing 
really good positive things.

“We have four kids working on it. Two pupils from Woodburn Primary and two from King’s Park Primary.

“They have interviewed other kids in the area. At the high school and at the Woodburn Youth Project drop-in.

“Some of them are about to go to high school and they have already got a lot more computer skills than some of their peers because of this project.

“I was surprised at how quickly they picked up the technology.

“They have been using software that people learn at university. And they picked it up faster than I have ever seen 
anybody use it. They get it.

“They have surprised themselves. It’s just amazing to see how talented they really are.

“And, with the Coalfields funding, the equipment was bought rather than hired. So, now those assets are in the community.

“It could be the start of a film club or more projects like this.”

Now Donna is hoping local people get a chance to see the fruits of these youngsters’ 
labour.

She said: “It would be good if people could register through eventbrite. There are only so many tickets, about 80. It’s free, you just need to 
register.

“We have invited people that might be able to help out with some of the issues they have raised in the film.

“But also, we want the general public to come along as well to see that these youngsters are doing good things.”

Go to – Woodburnmakesmovies.eventbrite.co.uk