Something to Shout about; A scheme which helps launch the careers of young filmmaking talent celebrates its 10th anniversary with an awards gala in Cardiff tomorrow. KAREN PRICE finds out more about It's My Shout and its famous graduates.
And Celebrity Big Brother winner Alex Reid, who was famously once married to glamour model Katie Price, will also be at the ceremony, which will be screening a short film in which he stars.
It's My Shout, which is based in Bridgend but covers the whole of Wales, is a training scheme for young film-making talent. It was founded by former Porthcawl Comprehensive School drama teacher Roger Burnell, right, whose ex-pupils include Ruth Jones and Rob Brydon.
Among those who have benefited from the scheme during the past decade is Olivier Award-winning actor Aneurin Barnard. First Minister Carwyn Jones will present him with the award for Outstanding Achievement during the ceremony.
The 25-year-old from the Ogmore Valley believes that It's My Shout is crucial for supporting young stars of the future.
"It's My Shout gives you experience of not just what it's like being in front of the camera but also how everything in the film industry works - from the writers and set designers to the sound engineers and technical crew," says Aneurin, who is currently filming a new 10-part BBC series, The White Queen, which is based on Philippa Gregory's best-selling historical novel series The Cousin's War. "The more you know about what's happening around you, the easier your job is. You learn that everyone's in it together. It's a collaboration."
Aneurin, who won his Olivier Award for Best Actor In A Musical for his role in Spring Awakening, says he's overwhelmed to be receiving the Outstanding Achievement accolade at tomorrow's gala.
"It feels a bit strange really - I'm speechless," says Aneurin, calling me from The White Queen film set in Bruges.
"It means a lot to me as it's where I came from."
And among those who will be watching in the audience are his father Terry, mother June and sister Ceri.
"It will be lovely to see my family again," says the young actor, who also played iconic photographer David Bailey in the BBC Four drama We'll Take Manhattan.
"I've not seen them for a few months because of filming."
The gala will be a chance for audiences to see the work that It's My Shout does. Six short films made by its members will be screened and then a number of awards will be presented, including Best film, Best Director, Best Lead Actor, Best Lead Actress and One To Watch.
The films to be screened include Dragon Chasers, which features cage-fighter Alex Reid.
He spent two days in North Wales alongside students from Coleg Menai filming his role as a Celtic Warrior who's resurrected from the ancient Celtic burial mound, Bryn Celli Du.
He says: "It's My Shout is a really good scheme for young actors and everyone in the film industry from directors to writers and producers."
The films will be seen by an even wider audience when they are broadcast in the coming weeks by BBC Wales.
Meanwhile, Roger and his team have been receiving messages from his famous supporters, including Hollywood star Michael Sheen, who said of It's My Shout: "Congratulations to Mr B and his team on 10 years of shouting. What an achievement.
"Also, huge congratulations to every single young person who has been involved over this past decade. Everyone should feel justifiably proud of this accomplishment.
Here's to the next 10 years."
The It's My Shout anniversary gala is at the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff tomorrow at 7.30pm. Tickets, priced PS12.50 to PS25 are available from 029 2063 6464 or at www.wmc.org.uk It's My Shout in numbers: Total number of short films produced - 60 Bafta Cymru awards - 3 Total number of trainees who have taken part - more than 9,000 Number of trainees now working in the industry (in front of and behind the camera) - more than 800 Percentage of directors who have gone on to work in the industry - around 80% Percentage of writers who have gone on to work in the industry - around 60% Percentage of actors who have gone on to paid work in the industry - around 40%
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|Publication:||South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)|
|Date:||Oct 25, 2012|
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