Young filmmaker's documentary showcasing Life of Lowestoft to premiere this month
A young filmmaker from Suffolk is hoping to change the perception of where he lives when his new documentary premieres later this month.
Joshua Freemantle, 17, of Lowestoft , has created the documentary, Life of Lowestoft, which he says tells the 'well-deserved story' of the town.
Showcasing the past, present and future of Britain's most easterly town, the hour-long film features historic footage, photographs and residents' own stories.
It will be premiered on Tuesday, September 15 at East Coast Cinema in the town – after its original premiere, scheduled for June 10, was cancelled due to Covid-19 and the subsequent closure of the Marina Theatre.
Mr Freemantle said: “My idea was to create a film which explored the story of my hometown and which can act as a promotional video, showcasing everything Lowestoft has to offer, boosting its profile and encouraging people to visit and invest.
“I am incredibly grateful to everyone who has supported the project and made it possible. It has been hard work, and I am looking forward to sharing the finished documentary with everyone.”
The project came about after freelance photographer and videographer Joshua met with Phil Aves, Lowestoft Rising’s Change Manager and Rachel Tucker from East Suffolk Council’s Communities Team, in March of last year to discuss his idea.
With their support, he undertook nine months of filming, which was completed on March 6 of this year at Suffolk Wildlife Trust’s Carlton Marshes nature reserve.
During the project, Mr Freemantle was given behind-the-scenes access to ABP’s Lowestoft Port, taken aboard the Cefas Endeavour and welcomed to the new Centre for Environment Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) headquarters in the town.
Last year's Heritage Open Days programme and preservation work at the historic Scores also provided filming opportunities.
Mr Aves said: “The concept of this documentary is to capture the history and culture of our great town, and contrast that with the new and exciting developments that are now taking place here.
"Historically we have not always captured the past well and would like to ensure that we document the current changes as they happen."
One of the many highlights of the process was an opportunity to film at the inaugural First Light Festival on Lowestoft’s South Beach where Joshua interviewed director and producer Danny Boyle.
Mr Freemantle said: “It was a once in a lifetime opportunity – I never expected to be able to meet someone so significant in my hometown.
"It was a great honour and I enjoyed talking to him about the film I was creating.”
The Life of Lowestoft project has been supported by a number of organisations, including East Coast Cinema, the Marina Theatre, local historians and Lowestoft Rising.
Meanwhile, funding was provided by the East Anglia Art Fund, Lowestoft Rising, Making Waves Together, East Suffolk Council and Kirkley People's Forum.