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Singing star Paul Potts joins celebrations for Welsh film education project

OPERA star Paul Potts will join young filmmakers and community members to celebrate the Film in Afan project at a special event next week.

 

The project, which was set up by Ffilm Cymru Wales with a £250,000 National Lottery grant, provides a mobile cinema and a unique education scheme forPaul Potts joins young film makers in Afan. people in the Afan Valley of Neath Port Talbot.


Led by the local community, the project brings cinema, business mentoring and film literacy to schools across the Valley.

To celebrate the success of Film in Afan, a gala premiere is being held at Glyncorrwg Miners Memorial Hall - itself a former cinema - on April 1.

The premiere will feature two films made by young people from the Afan Valley. The first features interviews with older members of the community about their first cinema experiences and the second is about the village of Pelenna where actors Richard Burton and Ivor Emmanuel grew up.

Among the young film makers is Iori Cross, a relative of Ivor - whose defiant rendition of Men of Harlech during the attack on Rourke's Drift was one of the most memorable moments of the film, Zulu.

Following the showing of the community films there will be a special screening of 'One Chance' the biopic of local resident and global star Paul Potts, who will be a guest of honour at the event.

The film tells the true story of how Paul went from being the manager of a mobile phone store in Bridgend to an international sensation after winning the inaugural series of Britain's Got Talent in 2007.

Paul's initial audition, where he sang the opera song, Nessun Dorma, is one of the most watched films on Youtube and was the beginning of a new career which has seen him enjoy multi-platinum album sales, perform for the Queen and play sold out concerts around the world.

Paul, who still lives in Port Talbot and is embarking on a UK tour later this year, said: "I was delighted to be asked to come along and celebrate the success of the Film in Afan project.

"My life was transformed by winning Britain's Got Talent and it's nice to see the transformational effect this project has had in a community which is on my doorstep.

"It's a real honour that the community has chosen to screen my film on the night but I'm looking forward to seeing the films made by the young people and meeting those who have made Film in Afan such a successful project."

The Film in Afan celebrations take place on Tuesday, April 1 from 6.30pm. Entrance is by ticket only and is sold out.