This year’s Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival will an extra special one for a group of school children from Wooler as they will get to see the premier of their own film.
‘Every Drop Counts’ is a short film commissioned by Northumbrian Water which explores water conservation in Northumberland, and in particular Wooler and Glendale. The water company has been working with seven young people from the Glendale Film Club for Young People to create the five minute film.
The children, aged 12 and 13, have learnt how to operate a camera, set up interviews and work together to get the shots they need.
Twelve year old film club member Ruari Fletcher, said: “I’ve really enjoyed taking part in the Northumbrian Water film, getting behind the camera and finding out how to make a good film. We don’t normally get the chance to do things like this and it’s been great.
“I’ve also learnt that it is important to save water and how easy it can be; things like turning the tap off when you are brushing your teeth can save lots of water. I can’t wait to see the finished film at the cinema!”
‘Every Drop Counts’ is part of a whole town approach to water conservation which has involved hundreds of families and businesses in Wooler and Glendale, all working to save water, energy and money. The water company is also doing its bit to protect important water supplies; by finding and fixing leaks as quick as possible and helping customers to install meters.
The initiative, which is estimated to save each household an average of 60 litres per day equivalent to an eight minute shower, will come to Berwick in 2015 where Northumbrian Water hopes it will have the same impact.
As part of their conservation work, Northumbrian Water is also contributing to a film about the River Tweed, produced by local artist and filmmaker, John Wallace, for this year’s film festival. John’s installation will explore the meaning of the English-Scottish border to those who live, work, visit and play around the banks of the two rivers which mark the border.