SK8 expectations!

IT S lights, camera, action for a teenage film-maker from Brampton. James Ballard, 14, will have a film shown at a national festival. The movie, A Day Out at Y2SK8 about in-line skating, will be screened at the Co-operative Young Film-Makers Festival in B

IT'S lights, camera, action for a teenage film-maker from Brampton.

James Ballard, 14, will have a film shown at a national festival.

The movie, A Day Out at Y2SK8 about in-line skating, will be screened at the Co-operative Young Film-Makers Festival in Bradford.

His entry was one of 100 chosen from 200 productions entered by young film-makers, schools, youth groups, colleges and video workshops, and included entries from the US and Macedonia.

The 100 films, all under six minutes long, will be shown during nine screenings over the two-day event next month.

Hinchingbrooke pupil James began in-line skating aged 10, practising at the indoor Y2SK8 skatepark in Peterborough.

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He started photographing his friends skating and made his three-minute film with a video camera he received for Christmas when he was 13.

He produced and edited the film to show the excitement and challenges of his favourite pastime.

Unfortunately, just days after completing the movie and the day before his 14th birthday, he fell while skating on a 12ft ramp and broke his leg so badly that he has not skated since.

However, while recovering from surgery he found out his film was to be shown at the National Museum of Photography, Film and Television in Bradford, on October 13 and 14.

James has found a new interest - flying radio-controlled aircraft, including battery-powered jets at RAF Wyton - and these feature in his latest films.

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