Spotlight shines on young film pro

Lights, Camera, Action !-Young Morpeth filmaker Alex Ayre.
Lights, Camera, Action !-Young Morpeth filmaker Alex Ayre.

THE spotlight is on a former Morpeth student as he takes centre-stage in a national film festival.

Alex Ayre, who is originally from Kirkhill, will be among 76 young film-makers to have their work showcased at the Co-operative Film Festival next week.

The screening at the National Media Museum in Bradford is quite an achievement but it is even more remarkable as Mr Ayre filmed his piece in just a day.

“It’s really nice to have been chosen,” he said.

“I made the film originally as an entry for a Springsteen and I competition.

“I re-wrote the words to the song Racing In The Street and it stars my Dad driving around Northumberland. I then got a friend to record the song. It was all done in a day.

“It wasn’t nominated for that, but I had seen similar music videos at the Co-operative festival before so I thought I would enter it.

“It’s great to have these big film festivals for young people. It’s fantastic to see your work on the big screen and it’s great to have it seen by members of the public.”

The 19-year-old always wanted to be a film-maker and the Herald has previously reported on his success in being nominated for an innovation award for a short film called Siren, which he made through the Northern Stars Academy at the Tyneside Cinema.

The former King Edward VI School pupil is now employed full-time working for the production arm of Northern Stars, which offers a range of film-making services, from promotional material to documentaries.

The job involves all aspects of film-making and Mr Ayre also teaches at the academy and a pop-up film school in Eldon Square.

“It really involves everything. I do a bit of filming, a bit of sound recording and a lot of editing. It has helped me develop everything,” he said.

“When I went to the Northern Stars Academy I knew absolutely nothing, I just wanted to do something with film. It has given me a great opportunity.

“I never really thought about teaching, but I’ve been on a couple of courses to develop my skills and it has really opened my eyes.”

Mr Ayre’s next film follows a kit man at Blyth Spartans, who has been there for more than 1,000 games.

His festival film, I Met Her In The Summer, will be screened between Wednesday and Friday.