A movie telling the story of the birth and success of Corby’s Adrenaline Alley received acclaim at its first showing.
The premiere of Adrenaline - Triumph out of Tragedy, directed by Bafta nominee Paul Balmer, was attended by 250 people on Saturday at The Core theatre.
It took four months to make the film which was funded by £10,000 from the county council and £10,000 from the Big Lottery Funds’ Awards For All scheme, as well as sponsorship from D&K Concrete and RS Components.
More than 80 volunteers worked alongside some of the best film-makers in the country and talks are already being held with TV companies in the hope the film will be shown to a wider audience.
Mandy Young, who 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, and her husband Paul, the alley’s operations director, attended the premiere.
She said: “It was an overwhelming experience and very emotional. It delivered more than people expected.
“I can’t thank Paul and Judy, his partner, enough for what they achieved on such a tight budget.
“My aim is that the movie will leave a legacy of film-making in Corby. We want it to have a wider audience and it won’t be left gathering dust on a shelf.”
John, who had battled a brain tumour, died aged 24 in September 2010 but the alley is his legacy and the movie tells its story.
Paul, who was a BBC film-maker for 17 years, said: “It was the hardest film I’ve ever made. It’s about the alley but it’s a human story too. The family were so trusting.”