Movie makers and stars at Antrim Adult Centre!

The service users and staff at Antrim Adult Centre have developed, written, produced, filmed and starred in ‘The Scoop,' a detective comedy film which is being premiered on Friday 20 October 2017 at 7pm, in The Braid Arts Centre, Ballymena.

Antrim Adult Centre provides day services to people over 18 with a learning disability who have complex health care needs, challenging behaviours and/or specific vulnerabilities. The Northern Trust always strives to offer our service users different and interesting opportunities to help meet their needs, develop their skills, have fun and build confidence. A drama group first started last year and the work began on the film in January.

Lynn McGookin, Day Care Worker from Antrim Adult Centre who leads the project said: “All our service users who have been part of the drama group have loved it and benefited so much from taking part. This year we felt we could take it to the next level!. With support from production company YOUSCENEIT, service users played an integral part in all areas of producing the film, from organising props and wardrobe to taking part in performances. We also had a camera department and production crew, that assisted in filming.

“It has been a brilliant project for those involved to learn new skills, improve their confidence and have a great sense of achievement from working on it from start to finish. Everyone is very proud of what we have all achieved. It is all down to their hard work, skills, dedication and being supported by the fabulous staff at the Centre, to achieve something that some thought may not be possible. We are the first Adult Centre in the Northern Trust to make a film like this and show it in a theatre setting. We may even be the first organisation which provides services to adults with a learning disability in Northern Ireland to have produced a comedy film!”

The film’s plot involves two detective journalists who are trying to get a scoop on the scandal surrounding some international celebrities, it is very funny. Tony Stevens, Northern Trust Chief Executive also stars in a cameo role. The film lasts 30 minutes and a promotional trailer has also been produced. It will be shown publicly for the first time at the premiere along with a short "behind the scenes" documentary, an awards ceremony and other surprises. It gives a chance for all those involved, plus their friends, families and supporters to see the results of months of hard work. It will be a night of inspiration - "Open your eyes, and we will open your hearts".

Tickets are available and can be bought for £10 from Antrim Adult Centre telephone 028 9441 6530.

Page last updated:17 October 2017