Georgia set for film debut

Georgia Ball,of Hunter House Road,Hunters Bar,who has funding to make a documentary in Canada
Georgia Ball,of Hunter House Road,Hunters Bar,who has funding to make a documentary in Canada
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Aspiring film director Georgia Ball will be making her dreams a reality when she jets off to Canada to shoot her first documentary abroad.

The 21-year-old from Sheffield has been given £300 of funding by O2 Think Big to direct a documentary on an inspirational Canadian woman suffering multiple sclerosis and throat cancer.

Georgia, who lives in Hunters Bar, will submit the 15-minute film, I Refuse to Die, to festivals, schools, and community groups once it is complete.

Georgia said: “I was delighted O2 is backing my project – it has given me a real sense that my idea can actually get off the ground.”

The film will follow Maureen Napier, whose multiple sclerosis has affected the left side of her brain known to control speech and language. Maureen has trained the right side of her brain to take over and can now speak – something which has baffled scientists.

Georgia said: “Telling Maureen’s story is very important to me. I can’t wait to get out to Canada to start filming.”

In addition to financial support, Georgia will also receive training and mentoring from O2 professionals.

She will begin the film-making process in December, when she will fly to Canada to meet and work with a film crew for eight days.

n Ellie Ragdale, 24, from Sheffield, has also received O2 Think Bigger funding - to run her own interactive community cinema.

The first screening, of Disney’s The Aristocats, by her new project, Handmade Cinema, takes place at the Old Junior School in Sharrow on Saturday, November 23, from 4pm to 7pm.

Children will do artwork and build sets, then families are invited to dress in their finest cat costumes and soak up the Parisian atmosphere with a live jazz band, cat face painting and French cuisine. The event will cost £1.50 per child and £2.50 per adult.

Booking is not required and entry will be on a first come first served basis.