An agreement with the Elephant Links SRB programme means that when the Coronet Cinema reopens this month there will be dedicated facilities and time allocated to budding local movie makers for screenings and regular cultural film festivals.
The 600-seat cinema will provide a wide range of affordable screenings every weekend. The funding will also enable a digital video production training unit at Morley College to provide local youth with training and employment opportunities. The college aims to achieve a foundation school standard with a view to students being able to take up further study or gain employment in the media sector.
Films produced by young people will also screen at the cinema. The cinema will provide an important cultural resource for the diverse local community at the Elephant and Castle.
Martin Smith, Elephant Links project director, said: ‘"The cultural industry is the fastest growing sector in the London South Central area. Proving training for local people in film and video will ensure that they are able to access the jobs."
New Elephant Links Partnership Board Chair Bob Brett added: "The partnership is very pleased to be able to support local people in this way. Being able to have your work shown in public on a big screen will be a real incentive for local people to get involved. – Who knows we may have a budding Guy Ritchie in our midst!"