VIDEO: Movie magic in Hartlepool

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AND that’s a wrap!

The cast of the video

The cast of the video

These fantastic youngsters from St Joseph’s RC Primary School have put the finishing touches to a top-class new film all about Hartlepool.

A year-long project to create a DVD about the town has had its grand premiere. Civic dignitaries and other guests got to enjoy its first showing at Hartlepool College of Further Education.

The star actors sang songs and acted out a play to welcome their guests before the first ever screening of Hartlepool - It’s About Time.

Thanks to support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the St Joseph’s after school research club developed the film which is set in 2040.

The pupils star as time travellers, heading back to important points in Hartlepool’s history including the time of St Hilda, the hanging of the monkey, and the bombardment of Hartlepool.

THe film got a rousing ovation from an audience which included the town’s ceremonial Mayor, Coun Stephen Akers-Belcher.

He said afterwards: “This should go really far and be seen by everyone across the town. We should be proud of this video.”

Guest stars in the movie included the Hartlepool Mail’s head of features Chris Cordner who plays the controller and Jason Anderson from Radio Hartlepool who features in the film as the voice of MONKE (Massive Online Knowledge Encyclopedia) which is the device which informs the time travellers about the era they are visiting.

Deborah Boffy, the co-ordinator of the after school research club, said: “I have to say thank you to the children for being tremendous throughout this.

“They have worked exceptionally hard and I am so proud of them.”

Special thanks went to Gary Kester, the creative director of Design and Media Services at Hartlepool College of Further Education who came up with the script and did all the filming.

He said: “It has been great fun. A lot of the films that I do about Hartlepool are very corporate but this was a chance to do something different.”

Copies of the DVD will now go out to all primary schools in Hartlepool.

And the school is now working on a second part to their project on the history of Hartlepool where they will record the town’s history through its people.