A TEENAGER who was inspired to become a film-maker after lessons at a Belper school is gearing-up to direct a cast and crew of hundreds in his first feature length movie.
James Postlethwaite, aged 17, was a pupil at Belper School around four years ago when Film City Television, from Derby, were brought in to teach his class the basics of shooting a film.
Since then he has produced adverts for Derbyshire Police, helped shoot a documentary on eighties band The Smiths for the BBC and scooped two Princess Diana Awards signed by former Prime Minister Gordon Brown MP and actress Maggie Turner.
The work he has produced with his production company Bluewater Films has also been seen by award winning directors and actors and a recent project has just been screened at Broadway Cinema in Nottingham.
Now, James is set to shoot an action gangster film from July 1 in Birmingham along with his partner on the project Adam Collins, who had a bit part in Hollywood blockbuster Batman Begins.
James, from Nottingham Road, Belper, who is now studying at the Confettit Institute of Creative Technologies in Nottingham, said the opportunity had come as a result of those lessons in Belper.
He said: “It’s all come from the work I did at Belper School when I was 13 or 14 - it inspired me to go in to film.
“Before then I was hoping to be an airplane pilot - so it’s fair to say it was a bit of a change of direction. People can’t believe it when I tell them how well it is all going.
“I hope the success I am having might inspire other local students to get involved or start making their own film-making ambitions a reality.”
The film will involve a main cast of 20, as wellas 50 crew and 200 extras - who will be needed for a nightclub scene in the film, which is entitled “Cue”.
Some of the auditions were held in the Ritz Cinema in Belper, where it will be screened on its completion in August as well as The Quad in Derby and the Broadway cinema.
James continued: “There has been some real interest in the film and we had around 600 applications from people all over the country who wanted to work on or star in the film, which is just great.
“They are all real enthusiasts and are working for free. Any profit we make at the end of the screenings will be given to them and the crew and it will be great for their showreels so they can show the end result to directors and the like.
“I have written the story with one of my friends and it’s all funded by the money I have made in my part-time job.
“I’m really passionate about the film and I have never shot a feature length picture before so I am looking forward to getting started and working with lots of new people on set.
“It’s a real English grit film and it will take around 16 to 17 days to shoot - it’s all planned out on storyboards - we just need to get out and start filming the project in a couple of weeks time.”
To find out more about James’ work log-on to www.bluewaterfilms.co.uk