Theatre group film wins national award

Salt 'n' Malt

Ben Davies, top, consults the menu at Pennfields Plaice, Birches Barn Road, Wolverhampton, as Priyasasha Kumari tries to control the enthusiasm of Annabelle Evans, left, and Marcel Numez in a scene from Salt ‘n’ Malt, Central Youth Theatre’s film nominated in the National Youth Film Festival Awards on Friday 8 November

A film about everyday goings on in a Black Country chip shop has won a national film festival award.

Salt ‘n’ Malt was made at Pennfields Plaice, Birches Barn Road, Wolverhampton, this summer by the city’s Central Youth Theatre (CYT), after being awarded £5,000 by First Light Film, the education arm of the British Film Institute.
CYT member Lauren Riley, aged 20, of Fordhouses, Wolverhampton, came up with the idea for the film and then helped to devise, write and co-direct it with Kieran Bird, 20.
More than 20 young people were involved in making the film, which was premiered, with behind the scenes footage, at Wolverhampton’s Lighthouse Media Centre in June.
It won the Round My Corner category at the National Youth Film Festival Awards 2013 at Vue Cinema, Leicester Square, London, on Friday, November 8.
Ten members of CYT, based at the Newhampton Arts Centre, Dunkley Street, Whitmore Reans, travelled to London to the awards ceremony which was hosted by actors from Horrible Histories.
All the films nominated were shortlisted by an industry panel and the winning films were selected by a group of celebrity judges.
Judges this year included Toby Jones, Damien Jones, Mel Giedroyc, Jason Solomons, Danny, Leigh, Dan Zeff and more.
This slapstick comedy was filmed in the style of a Spaghetti Western with much fun and comedy being derived from the Black Country dialect.
Black Country filmmaker Mark Pressdee, who was the Film Mentor to the young people, has recently had great success with his short film Titanic Love which has been winning awards at film festivals all over the world during 2013.
CYT member Lauren Riley says: “I am very honoured to gain such a great experience with Central Youth Theatre.
“If it wasn’t for being a member I would never imagine attending a London film festival, let alone one where my film idea is being nominated.”
A clip of the film can be seen here
For a superb account of Central Youth Theatre’s thirty years you can do no better than look at the blog by Ed O’Driscoll at the excellent site (

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