Movie Hub features the Guildhall in its Film Location Database

The Guildhall opened their lesser-known doors to Reelscape Community’s Movie Hub with a group of students from The Arbours Primary Academy to explore the cells beneath street level, and assess whether they would make a good film location.

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The Guildhall is Northampton’s town hall, located in St Giles’ Square near to the ‘Cultural Quarter’. It is a historic site that dates back to the 19th Century and was built to replace the old town hall that became too small fro the growing town, however today it is used by the Borough Council and as wedding destination. The guide who showed the group around also explained that the Guildhall has already been used as a location for two films.

The Movie Hub team proceeded to judge the pros and cons of filming in the old cells. Initially, the team noted some drawbacks to it being a film set due to the distinct lack of light and power sources, as well as minimal headroom with low ceilings and narrow corridors.

But The Guildhall would lend itself to a variety of genres; the neo-gothic architecture would provide an instantly interesting and castle-like backdrop to any historic or fantasy film, while The Great Hall and Courtroom create a feeling of grandeur that could be the set of any period piece, and the cells beneath create a dark and eerie atmosphere that could be incorporated into a crime or horror film – especially as they are rumoured to be haunted by former inmates.

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Overall, the group decided that The Guildhall would be a suitable film location and are adding it to the Northampton Film Location Database. Watch this space for the new website

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I’m Still Me

‘I’m Still Me’ an original stage production by Northampton School for Boys has been well received, and with the help of Reelscape Community it has been transformed into an educational film.

The play by Northampton School for Boys Sixth Formers focuses on sexual orientation and gender identities; with the message at heart being it is okay to be different. As more celebrities and public figures such as Tom Daley, Ellen Page and Caitlyn Jenner ‘come out’, Northampton Borough Council has decided it is time for schools to become more tolerant and supportive of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) students.

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Northampton Borough Council (NBC) approached Reelscape to work on the project with them due to their previous involvement with the Council.

Becky Adams, founder of Reelscape Community, said: “We have never filmed a theatre production before, but have worked with NBC on a short film for Holocaust Memorial Day. I’m Still Me was a fantastic production to work on because it offered us some really unique challenges as a theatre piece and meant we could give our Movie Hub young people some more experience on a professional film set.”

The film will be made freely available to schools but will also go to film festivals. ‘I’m Still Me’ will be released to coincide with International Coming Out Day 2015 – it will screen at a free event at the Errol Flynn Filmhouse cinema at the Royal & Derngate in Northampton on Friday 9th October at 5.15pm.