Movie to fight back against ‘ugly’ Economist article – and producers need Hartlepool to help

Stephen Woods, of ACT2CAM film-making company.
Stephen Woods, of ACT2CAM film-making company.

FILM-MAKERS are coming to Hartlepool tomorrow to make a music-style video hitting back at the writers of articles which suggested the town should be left to rot.

The producers are calling on all passionate Poolies to head down to Navigation Point, at Hartlepool Marina, where they can take part in the movie.

The film will be played to the song Don’t Cry For Me Argentina from the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Evita.

But the lyrics will be changed to “Don’t Slag Off Hartlepool Marina, the Truth is You’ve Never Been Here.”

Brothers James and Stephen Woods, of Newcastle-based film company ACT2CAM, will hope to create similar “crowd” scene like in the film version of the musical starring Madonna.

They previously created a similar video about Middlesbrough.

Stephen, 41, told the Mail: “We’re from Middlesbrough originally and after we heard about The Economist article we were livid because we’re sick of the North-East and Teesside getting a bad press.

“We’ve got to stick together and not let these people, who have no knowledge about our way of life and what we’re all about, slag us off.

“Understandably the lad who wrote this article was doing it for a bit of a rise and publicity, and he’s got it, but he’s not getting it at our expense.”

Twenty-five-year-old Oxford University graduate Daniel Knowles penned an article in The Economist about Hartlepool, describing it as “failing”, “ugly” and with “appalling schools”.

The magazine also suggested the Government should stop pumping public money into the town.

Stephen added: “It’s idiotic to suggest that the Government turn their backs on somewhere like Hartlepool and show it off to the rest of the world as a black spot.

“How dare someone come up here from down south, have a quick look around and then hop back on a train down to London and write stuff like that condemning a place? It is, quite frankly, shocking.

“We know this Daniel has been to Hartlepool Marina but the message we’re really sending out in the video is that he really knows nothing about the place.”

Stephen, who has got a 10-year-old girl from Scarborough to sing the lyrics, said: “We’d really like to try and get a crowd of people down to the marina to take part in our video. We want to show this fella that he’s talking out of his hat basically.”

The video will be uploaded to YouTube.

Anyone who would like to show their support for the town and be filmed in the video should meet outside of Cafe Rappor, on Navigation Point, at 1pm. Filming will go on until around 5pm and people are advised to wear warm clothes.

For further information ring Stephen on 07973 869477.