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Keighley one-stop shop to make films
A Keighley TV actor has teamed with an Oxenhope film director to launch a one-stop shop for filmmakers.
Mickey Thompson and Oliver Chapman aim to provide companies with everything they need when visiting Yorkshire.
They want to build a database of Keighley-based actors and technicians, equipment suppliers and potential set locations.
The pair also plan to make their own films under the banner of Worth Valley Talent Productions.
Former music promoter Mickey, who grew up in Braithwaite, has been a TV film extra for several years, with roles in Casualty, Emmerdale, EastEnders and the Harry Potter films.
He progressed to small speaking roles, including as a taxi driver in Coronation Street, but in recent months he has been running the Great Northern pub at Ingrow.
Lifelong Oxenhope resident Oliver last year created the documentary Keighley’s Changing Face, showcasing the positive side of the town.
He runs a company making films for small to medium-sized businesses and social enterprises. Mickey urged local people to contact him if they had skills, knowledge or talent that could be useful to the film industry.
He said this could range from would-be actors and film set ‘runners’, to people with specialist equipment or knowledge of potential locations.
Mickey said: “When production teams come here, we can tell them who is available.
“People with local knowledge can help companies better than someone from London.
“We need about 100 people. Companies won’t take you seriously unless you’ve got at least that many on your books.”
Mickey said many local actors and technicians are out of work, but he believes there will be more productions based in Yorkshire in the future.
He added: “I want to get more TV and film work myself in the north – with running the pub, I can’t go to London to do any work.”
Mickey said Worth Valley Talent could also offer advice and training to local people and help them network. Contact him on 07933 699234 for further information.