Free Film Club for 11 – 16 year olds
10th April 2018
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Signal Film and Media are delighted to announce that applications have now opened and encourage people to apply for the long-awaited return of the free filmmaking club Cooke’s Crew next month! Up to fifteen 11-16 year-olds will be welcomed onto the 10 week course which takes place at Cooke’s Studios each Thursday evening from 3rd May until 5th July from 5-7pm.


Applications are now open at or you can contact Signal Film and Media on 01229 838592 to request a postal copy.


Participants will work with professional filmmakers to get hands-on experience in the different processes of making a film – from ideas generation and scriptwriting to production, set design, camera, sound and editing. learning a variety of filmmaking skills, from sound recording, editing, sfx, programming and more!


This is the 6th year Signal Film and Media have run the club and they would like to thank Cumbria Housing Partners for the recent grant funding which has enabled the hugely popular filmmaking club to return after an extended hiatus.


Cooke’s Crew is entirely free and open to young residents of the Barrow Borough Council-owned housing areas, geared towards those who don’t usually take up out-of-school learning opportunities. Using an exciting range of fun, hands-on filmmaking, art and creative digital media activities specially designed to offer an alternative pathway towards employment, further education and social development. Young people also get the chance to gain a recognised Bronze Arts Award qualification which will help them advance in life.


The project is important as independent think tank DotEveryone identified people in Barrow as being Highly Likely to experience digital exclusion. Although young people inherently learn digital skills through using social media, computer games and access at school, in areas of social deprivation this does not translate to acquiring essential skills and knowledge about how to use technology productively – to improve life chances and to access job opportunities.


“I’m incredibly excited for this year’s Cooke’s crew, it’s always a brilliant project but this year we want to step things up a bit. Each workshop we will be learning a brand new digital skill, the participants will then go on to choose what area they want to continue with. We will be doing skills workshops that I would have loved to have done as a young person”.

  • Sophie Broadgate, Project Manager: Cooke’s Crew


At the end of the project Cooke’s Crew participants will organise and present a community screening of their work and give a presentation open to the public. 

For more information please email:  or call 01229 838592

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