Funded by Prince Harry’s charity, The Royal Foundation and supported by Dominic West, from The Wire, our recent production, Guillemot is a slice of life film developed around the real life experiences of the young people involved.
It is a bittersweet tale of young romance set against the backdrop of peers, pressure and a brutally adult world. A broadcast quality short film, it was made by fifteen young people from St Ann’s Estate, one of the most deprived communities in the country.
The Young people had no previous training or experience but through intense and innovative accredited training, we worked with them to bring them into roles in the production, acting, directing and writing scripts around their real life experiences.
Directed by Nick Marcq, the founder of Latimer Films, Nick said how our co-creation method raises aspirations; “We’ve been developing Latimer’s working method since our first film, THE REAL NOTTING HILL (an improvised drama devised with a inner city kids who’d been kicked out of school) was nominated for a BAFTA. It’s all about raising aspirations; the talent is there, its just about giving that talent a voice.”
Dom West, best known for his role at Jimmy McNulty in The Wire, has been supporting our film, appearing on SBTV to help raise awareness of the project in the press, “I’ve seen the film and I think it’s amazing”
As Patron of The Royal Foundation, Prince Harry was prompted to support this youth mentoring service when he visited Nottingham and he will be guest of honour at the premiere tonight (03.02.2015)