THE Wigan Film Academy is going from strength to cinematic strength.
And it is also finding time to raise money for good causes.
The Academy was founded last year by movie-maker Brian Worthington and performing arts tutor Anthony Puckering after the success of their first feature film Stan’s Childhood, a Stan Laurel biopic premiered at Robin Park’s Empire multiplex last September.
Since then it has produced two music videos, an advert for a local bakery, a spoof version of Little Red Riding Hood and members currently filming their latest project based around a news channel.
Brian said: “There are three short films planned over the coming months, including a film for next years Virgin Media short films competition, a feature film is also planned for 2014/2015.
“We are currently expanding our creative ability with special effects software, high resolution cinema cameras and broadcast sound recording equipment.
“Anthony is now looking to increase the members of his acting sessions in view to creating possible cast for up and coming film projects, he is looking at recruiting ages from six years onwards to join our academy.
“We meet every Tuesday night at Holy Family Church Hall, Cale Lane, New Springs from 7pm until 9pm.
“Our new website is now up and running at www.wiganfilmacademy.co.uk, so if you would like the chance to act in films and join our friendly group come along to any of our meetings and sign up.”
The academy recently joined forces with local musicians Paul Southward, Nick Dickinson and Marc Hope along with Paralympic medalist Jon Pollock and Wigan Warriors Captain Sean O’Loughlin to produce a song and music video called Little Warrior to raise funds for Braiden Lee Prescott Appeal.
The four-year-old Wigan boy is battling cancer and has been the focus of a huge charity campaign over the last two years.
A competition for CD and DVD designs was won by local youngsters Chelsea Fazackerly and Abby Nicholls.
The £400 raised from the sale of Little Warrior were presented at the academy to Braiden appeal representatives.