ScreenPLAY is an association of artists who work together to give young people a voice. They work with hard to reach young people on film and digital art projects.


Portland was identified as an area where the young people could benefit from attending the ScreenPLAY Film School, as it is recognised as one of the most deprived areas in Dorset, and the UK as a whole.

The project was match funded by Weymouth and Portland Partnership, and the b-roads project.Others partners involved in the project included Trinity College London, INTO FILM, Synergy Housing and the  IPACA school.

13 young people  were identified as being at risk of dropping out of school with no qualifications or training,  attended two sessions per week from January to May 2015,  working with two resident artists to develop their skills in script writing and storyboarding, cameras and equipment, titles and effects. These skills were all put into practice when they created their own short film, 'The Hellstone Mystery'. This was presented on-line as a series of web pages and included video and audio files.

One particpant dropped out of the process, and of the 12 remaining participants,one of the group returned to school, with the 11 remaining students all successfully gaining their Silver Arts Award in film and digital production, a level 2 qualification equivalent to a GCSE – A-C pass – a potentially life changing qualification. An unexpected outcome of the course is that all 11 planned to go into further education or training.

Alastair Nisbet of ScreenPLAY said: “The project would probably not have taken place without PCC funding. Funding from the Safer Dorset fund helped us get additional support from other funders”

Sharon Hayden said: “These were students with a range of special needs who were not able to be part of the mainstream classroom environment. Our film and digital production course gave them renewed interest in staying in school, learning valuable digital skills for life and at the same time gaining a GCSE A-C qualification.”  

Find out more about ScreenPLAY and their work here.

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