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Screen Suffolk to host sessions at Latitude Festival for teenagers getting into film/TV industry

PUBLISHED: 16:15 10 July 2017 | UPDATED: 16:15 10 July 2017

The promo shot of the cast of A Mother's Son on location on the Suffolk coast. Picture: ITV

The promo shot of the cast of A Mother's Son on location on the Suffolk coast. Picture: ITV

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Filmmakers and TV producers who have brought productions to Suffolk will be inspiring teenagers to join the industry with a special series of talks and screenings at Latitude Festival this weekend.

A still from A Mother's Son, set and filmed in Southwold and Walberswick. Picture: ITVA still from A Mother's Son, set and filmed in Southwold and Walberswick. Picture: ITV

Screen Suffolk – a division of Film Fixer which aims to bring TV, advert and film productions to the county – will have a tent known as the Screen Suffolk Cinema Tent in the Inbetweeners Area, across all three days.

Youngsters aged between 12 and 17 can come along between 11am and 7pm to find out about how to begin working in the industry, and what work they can already be doing to get their name out there.

Chris Lang, a TV screenwriter, producer and executive producer who recently filmed in Suffolk, said: “There are all sorts of things people can do starting out.

Screenwriter and executive producer Chris Lang, who has filmed in Suffolk and has offered advice to teenagers on how to get into the industry. Picture: JON HOLLOWAYScreenwriter and executive producer Chris Lang, who has filmed in Suffolk and has offered advice to teenagers on how to get into the industry. Picture: JON HOLLOWAY

“You can write your own screenplays, film them and make them accessible by putting them online, putting them on blogs or creating your own website.

“There are all sorts of things like the BBC Writer’s Room and competitions for young people to write a screenplay, write to production companies and be persistent – shame them into coming back to you.

“It might take years but once your foot is in the door you should be away.”

Mr Lang has written and produced scores of familiar programmes including The Bill, Casualty, Hustle, Smith and Jones and The Tunnel among others.

But Mr Lang has also experienced the Suffolk landscape having written and executive produced the drama A Mother’s Son, a thriller about a girl murdered on the Suffolk coastline.

Having filmed in Southwold and Walberswick, Mr Lang said up-and-coming writers could use the landscape for inspiration, with more than half of the country’s top writers not needing to be based in London.

“I liked the colours of the landscape at the time of year we were going to shoot. I really liked the marshlands and coastline and how that reflected the shifting realities in the series,” he said.

“You can write in Scotland, Belfast, London, anywhere and email it so you can live anywhere in the country.”

A Screen Suffolk spokeswoman added: “Take part in a Q&A with industry pros or get lots of top tips from the Screen Suffolk team on how you can get involved in the film industry right on Latitude’s door step!”

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