Young Filmmakers Champion ‘We Take Them & We Make Them’ Project


Aaron Dunleavy working with young people on filmmaking skills

A project to engage budding young filmmakers with Blackburn’s heritage has won the support of the National Lottery.

‘We Take Them & We Make Them’, which has been awarded £8,000 by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) will see a group of budding young filmmakers from Blackburn Youth Zone work together on a filmmaking project with a twist. As part of The National Festival of Making, youngsters will work alongside local Film Director, Aaron Dunleavy, on the project to film, edit and showcase a set of six films – inspired by the work of Edwardian film-makers, Mitchell & Kenyon.

The archive of works by Blackburn based film-makers, Mitchell and Kenyon, was discovered in Blackburn town centre in 1990. Mitchell and Kenyon’s collection of works showcased what everyday life was like in Blackburn during the Edwardian era, and is the inspiration behind the ‘We Take Them & We Make Them’ project.

Mubashar Khaliq, Youth and Community Manager at Youth Zone said: “Thanks to National Lottery players, this project will connect young people growing up in Blackburn today with the Edwardian heritage of the town through an exciting journey of film-making. It is a fantastic opportunity for them to work closely with a local filmmaker and produce their own films. ”

As well as enabling young people to develop skills in storytelling, scriptwriting, filming and editing, the films will highlight what parts of Blackburn are important to today’s young people. The film footage will be showcased at The National Festival of Making, happening in Blackburn on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 May.

Aaron Dunleavy, Director of ‘The Truants’ and ‘Throw Them To The Dogs’ – both shot in Blackburn with local actors – will be running sessions and workshops at the Youth Zone. When asked about the project, Aaron said:

“I’m really excited to work with the group on producing video footage of modern day Blackburn. The group will draw inspiration from the Mitchell & Kenyon films, but with a modern twist. We have some great ideas including 360 footage – but you’ll have to come to The National Festival of Making to see the final films!”