The Co-operative British Youth Film Academy (BYFA)


  • Shot in: 2005
  • Format: 16mm
  • Duration: 87 minutes
  • Awards: Winner of a Gold ‘REMI’ Award at the Worldfest International Film Festival, Houston, Texas
  • Starring: Phil Cool, Norman Lovett, Hildegard Neil, Clive Mantle, Alexei Sayle

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A group of enterprising students strive to achieve their dream of acting on the big stage despite all the odds being stacked heavily against them. The inexperienced group decide to stage Macbeth at Crewe’s Lyceum Theatre and employ a once top director, who is now completely blind. Up against a professional London theatre company, in Crewe to perform Hamlet on the theatre’s main stage, the youngster’s production proves to be a comedy of errors.  

Student Crew

  • 2nd Assistant Director: Vicki Arnold
  • 3rd Assistant Director: Tarik Graba
  • Production Office Co-ordinator: Adam Mellor
  • Locations Co-ordinator: Mark Oliver
  • Art Department: Kate Binningsley, Nadine Werngren, Paul Whittle
  • Set Dressers: Clare Heath, Matt Deeley
  • Props: Sankivi Krishnan, Anthony Booth
  • Second Camera Assistants: Richard King, Joel Sloan, Sankivi Krishnan
  • Boom Operators: Alistair Lee, Jonathan Burgess
  • Hairstylist: Penny Graham
  • Makeup Artist: Joanne Lee

Student cast

Natalie Preece, Peter Quinnell, Natalie Hinchliffe, Charlotte Hulme, Natalie Seaton, Rosalind Blessed, John Montegrande, Al Kola, Lorna Bell, William Forster.

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