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BBC launches 'Home Movie' initiative in the UK

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MUMBAI: The BBC director of television Jana Bennett has announced the launch of Home Movie. The BBC claims that this is its biggest and most inclusive public participation event ever staged. It will give people in the UK the chance to make and star in their own television film.

This is the first new project to come out of Jana Bennett's 10m Think Big initiative. The aim is to encourage ambitious thinking and multi-faceted programme events that reach under served audiences. Home Movie is a pan-BBC collaboration across arts, drama , BBC Talent and BBCi.

The beeb will search the UK for a cast and crew of 100. None of them will have worked in film or TV before. The aim is to offer people the chance to re-train in a totally different field of expertise.

Meanwhile BBCi will host an online questionnaire to shortlist crew applicants, with interviews and auditions for cast and crew taking place in seven locations around the UK. All the 100 people chosen will benefit from a comprehensive training scheme, whilst a substantial outreach programme of master-classes and workshops will offer thousands of people advice and information aboutembarking on their own retraining programme.

Once selected, the amateur cast and crew will make their own movie, led by a professional producer and director, under the guidance of a team of industry expert mentors. BBC Three will follow the trials and tribulations of the casting and interview process while BBC Two will go behind-the-scenes in a ten part documentary series following every step of the process with these first-time film-makers. The world premiere of the film will take place on the BBC and will include live link-ups around the country to special cinema screenings.

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