Posted: Fri 29th Jan 2016

BBC2 Wales film created by Caerphilly residents /
This article is old - Published: Friday, Jan 29th, 2016

A modern-day adaptation of Romeo and Juliet created by young film-makers from Caerphilly was recently broadcast on BBC 2 Wales. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The short 10 minute film called Russell and Jameela was filmed in Trecenydd as a result of a joint venture between ‘My Shout Productions’ and Caerphilly County Borough Council Arts Development Team in an effort to give opportunities to young people and develop pathways to work in the film industry. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The crew for the adaptation were selected as a result of open call sessions held at Blackwood Miners’ Institute. Participants were able to choose an area of interest to focus on such as, props, wardrobe, directing, acting, sound lighting and more before joining a mentoring group led by professionals. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The short film depicts the struggles of two feuding, neighbouring families in a dilapidated estate in South Wales. Russell is a jack-the-lad teenage boy: obsessed with social media. His love-interest Jameela has a stern, eagle-eyed father determined to keep the pair apart. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

A prestigious awards ceremony and premier evening was hosted in the Wales Millennium Centre in November showcasing all 8 films commissioned by ‘My Shout Productions’ throughout the year. During the awards Pontllanfraith resident Bethan Brean scooped the “Best Locations Trainee” award from across all of Wales. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Corporate Services, Cllr. Barbara Jones, said, “Working in partnership with ‘My Shout Productions’ we have been able to offer our young residents the unique opportunity to be a part of a competitive and growing industry. I would also like to offer my congratulations to Bethan on winning the Best Locations Trainee award.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

You can watch Russell and Jameela on Youtube. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

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