Work starts on Adrenaline Alley movie

Director Paul Balmer with cast and crew members at the first meeting before filming begins later this month

Director Paul Balmer with cast and crew members at the first meeting before filming begins later this month

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Bafta nominee Paul Balmer has been appointed director of a movie about the inspirational story of Adrenaline Alley in Corby.

On Saturday Paul, who worked for the BBC for 17 years and has won nine international film awards, began working with the cast and crew, running through their roles in front of and behind the film lens.

The film is being funded by £10,000 from the county council and £10,000 from the Big Lottery Funds’ Awards For All scheme.

Mandy Young set up the urban sports centre after her late son John Chard-Young was beaten up with his own skateboard when he was just 14. Her aim was to create a safe haven where young people could enjoy themselves.

John, who had battled a brain tumour, died aged 24 in September 2010 but the alley is his legacy and the movie will tell his story.

Paul, of Corby, who was nominated for a Bafta award in 2002 for a documentary on French jazz violinist Stephane Grappelli, said: “The principal photography in mid December will involve the trainees working with a world class crew, including Robert Foster who won a Bafta award in 1999 for best documentary. I’m flattered that Mandy has asked me to be director. I expect this to be the hardest film I’ve ever directed. A real challenge. Adrenaline Alley started after John was mugged but the message we want to give is one of triumph.”