Some of the most influential people in West Lancashire attended a prestigious premiere of a new film called “ Crossing the Line”, written, directed and produced by Mark Ashton and Joshua Gwynne of The Artz Centre in Skelmersdale and filmed in locations right across the town. The film is part of a new initiative to help young people recognise the risks of becoming involved in organised crime.This short and impactive film is to be rolled out throughout schools across the region but has already received interest from schools up and down the country. Over 120 people attended the exclusive screening including The High Sheriff of Lancashire Amanda Parker, Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw, Head of Crime Simon Giles, Chief Executive of West Lancs Borough Council Kim Webber and Mayor of West Lancashire Nicki Hennessy.
The film also provided the opportunity for local young people to learn the artistic side of film making, by becoming involved in it’s production. Nearly 100 young people from across the community took part including 15 year old Anthony Ashton and 12 year old Grace Worth who play the leading roles. Anthony and Grace are also students at The Artz Centre, highlighting again how such amazing opportunities are being created. The film also featured original music by local singer songwriter Hannah Hill who wrote the amazing title song – Lost in Infinity.
Artz Centre Director and the film’s producer Mark Ashton said,
“After twelve months of filming and editing, It was amazing to see so many influential people turn out for the launch of the film. It is important that we receive this level of support if we are going to be successful in rolling this out in schools across the country. We are very proud of the end product and would like this film to continue to help young people for many years to come. As a writer you are trying to provoke a reaction from an audience and that is exactly what we did.”
The event was compared by The chairman of the West Lancs Community Safety Partnership David Tilleray who made this reaction after watching the film,“Very professional and very powerful really makes you think about the choices you make and their implications – both for you and the people who matter most to you, an outstanding piece of work!”
The night was topped off with a special presentation made by Amanda Parker (High Sheriff) who surprised Mark Ashton with a prestigious award in recognition of great and valuable services to the community of Skelmersdale and the County of Lancashire. Mark went on to say;
“I was very honoured and humbled to receive such an accolade, It is nice to be recognised for my work and reminds you that what you do is appreciated right across the county. I would like to pay tribute to my amazing team of staff and volunteers, who continue to support me on our mission to make a fundamental difference to the people of West Lancashire”
Copies of the DVD will be made available.