Young film-makers to turn memories into movies in Diss

Young people are turning memories into movies as part of a film project to record the history of their town.

The team involved in the Diss Youth Film Project have already started building a small-scale model of the Corn Hall area – known as the 'Heritage Triangle' – and creating wire-based figurines for their Wallace and Gromit-style animated movies.

The films, some of which will also involve live action scenes, will be dramatised stories based on memories of the area collected from people who remember how it was.

Laura Purling, marketing, youth and audience development assistant at the Corn Hall, said they were keen to hear from anyone who used to visit the Corn Hall for concerts, dances or trading, lived in that part of town or who recalled stories about the shops, businesses and people who lived and worked there.

'My late grandad, for example, used to be the manager at Wallace King Interiors which is now the Crown Pub,' she said.

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'The other week we went to Walcott Hall Nursing Home and they just knew everything about Diss. We got lots of wonderful stories and information from them.'

She added that someone had also come forward with old film reels, including one of people skating on the Mere.

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'The project sounds ambitious, but it's a brilliant way of uncovering memories and bringing more people to our end of the town.'

The team, all aged between 11 and 25, are being helped by local film-maker Matt Harrison and Corn Hall volunteers. They have turned the old Albrights shop (which has been loaned to them by the Quakers free of charge) in St Nicholas Street into a makeshift studio workshop. Here they are making the models and will be posting updates about their progress in the windows.

On Saturday, they will learn about scriptwriting and will start the process of deciding which memories to turn into movies. The finished films will be shown in April 2013.

Laura added that it was not too late to join in if any young people wanted to take part, and they still wanted to hear from people with memories and stories about the Heritage Triangle part of Diss.

If you would like to join in, or share a memory, call Laura on 01379 652241 or email

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