Interactive cinema success for Sheffield entrepreneur Ellie

Youngsters in cat costumes and make-up at the Handmade Cinema showing of Disney's The Aristocrats at Sharrow's Old Junior School

Youngsters in cat costumes and make-up at the Handmade Cinema showing of Disney's The Aristocrats at Sharrow's Old Junior School

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Young Sheffield entrepreneur Ellie Ragdale is celebrating the success of her first interactive cinema event in Sheffield that involved more than 75 youngsters.

Ellie, who runs Handmade Cinema, put on a special showing of Disney’s The Aristocats at Sharrow’s Old Junior School, which was a sell-out. In pre-event workshops held at Friends of Adventures playground in Highfield, children worked with Ellie and her team of 
young graduate artists to recreate Paris’s famous landmarks and make French-themed décor to complement the film.

Ellie was helped to fulfil her lifelong dream of running her own cinema club by somewhereto_ the Lottery-funded space-finding service for 16- to-25-year-olds. They found her a free venue and helped her secure funding from O2 Think Big to get the project off the ground.

She said: “I want to say a massive thank you to somewhereto_ for all their help and support and Magic Lantern for providing the screening equipment.”

Ellie is currently looking for further funding and support to run a series of events in 2014. For further information, email Luisa@somewhereto.com

Meanwhile, Sharrow Community Forum have almost signed a contract with the council to manage the adventure playground where the art sessions were held. Council funding cuts that threatened the playground because staff would be lost led to a campaign to save it and the decision for the local community to take over its running.

From January they will be employing staff to work in the playground and are currently recruiting temporary playworkers.

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