Budding filmmaker wins top accolade

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A film about a kitman from a local football team created by a Morpeth filmmaker has won a prestigious award.

The film, made by 19-year-old Alex Ayre, from Morpeth has won the Chris Anderson Award for Best Young Filmmaker at the 2013 Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival.

Alex Ayre and Tony Kennedy.

Alex Ayre and Tony Kennedy.

Alex collected the prize for his short film Kitman at the Maltings Theatre and Cinema in Berwick-upon-Tweed last week.

The Chris Anderson Award is named in honour of the festival founder, and celebrates talented young filmmakers aged 19 and under from North East England, the Scottish Borders and Southern Scotland.

Alex’s winning film is a seven-minute documentary about Tony Kennedy, who volunteered for the Blyth Spartans Football Club for two decades.

As kitman, Tony looked after the team’s kit and dressing room until he retired in 2012 after more than 1,000 games at the club.

Tony said: “It was a big surprise when Alex asked me to be in the film because I didn’t think I was famous, but I realise I must be.

“I was so proud of the finished film – I got all the family over to watch it and they were over the moon.”

Alex said: “Tony is such an interesting character with some fascinating and very funny stories about his history at the club and he was so warm and welcoming when I first approached him about the documentary, which made shooting the film a really fantastic experience.

“I’m chuffed that the finished film was selected by the Berwick Film Festival, and it’s a huge honour to have won the award.”

Alex’s winning film Kitman can be viewed online now at www.newspostleader.co.uk/video

For more details about the Chris Anderson Award, visit www.berwickfilm-artsfest.com/chris-anderson-award