A SHORT Christmas film in the style of a pantomime is being made to help lift spirits in Inverclyde after “a hugely difficult year”.
The £25,000 project is being led by the cast of the Beacon Arts Centre panto which has been cancelled this year because of the pandemic.
The 30-minute film is being created specially for Inverclyde and will be filmed at various locations in the area.
It will be available digitally and will be shown to all schoolchildren in Inverclyde first and then make it available free of charge to the wider community.
Inverclyde Council is funding the production using money saved from events that have been cancelled.
A report updating councillors states: “The intention of this film is to lift the spirits and morale of the people in Inverclyde at Christmas after a hugely difficult year.
“The annual Beacon pantomime in Inverclyde is a firm favourite with families and communities.
“Many schools attend the pantomime as do community groups and families. Most recently the pantomime has starred some of the cast from Still Game cast who have proved to be very popular.
“The cast who perform in the annual pantomime are working with [production company] Soundsmove to propose that a Christmas film in the style of pantomime be filmed in Inverclyde.
“It is hoped that schools will be able to have a sense of occasion around the watching of the film in the same way that they may experience at a pantomime. The film will allow for some limited audience participation.
“The Beacon Arts Centre will produce the film on behalf of Inverclyde Council and ensure that the project is delivered to a high standard, on budget and on time.”