4:34 PM January 21, 2022

Students were in front and behind the lens during a photo project for a film studio project in Dagenham.

Film Barking and Dagenham, which handle film and television projects in the borough, involved the community in an initiative for Eastbrook Studios.

When completed, Barking and Dagenham Council claim Eastbrook will create 1,200 jobs and contribute £35m a year to the local economy.

Filming took place in the David Bailey photography studio at Barking and Dagenham College Institute of Technology.

Nine of the borough’s youth portrayed a variety of jobs in screen industries, with college students also posing in various roles.

He was part of the Make It Here program, which aims to provide training and employment opportunities for residents.

Photographer Jimmy Lee took the shots with the help of college photography students.

Jimmy said: “As a photographer born and raised in Barking and Dagenham, it was a real honor to be asked to create portraits for this project. We all had a great time in the studio.

“For me, it is really very important that local people have opportunities in the borough.

“We have a huge range of local talent here across all age groups and they all deserve a chance to be recognized and showcase their talents.

“With new movie studios on the way, it’s an exciting time for the region.”

Council leader Darren Rodwell added: “The photo shoot provided a fantastic opportunity to showcase the range of resources and support available right here in the borough.

“The goal here is to create opportunities in the borough, for the borough, by the borough – we started as we want to continue.

“It’s wonderful for us to work with local community businesses and residents to create a set of fun images.”

Los Angeles real estate investors Hackman Capital Partners (HCP) have reached a deal to build the studios, which are expected to have up to 12 sound stages when complete.

Three acres of rear space for stage sets are also on offer, as well as office space on 500,000 square feet of former factory land near Dagenham East station.

Cllr Rodwell added: “Investment in the studios will create a range of opportunities in the borough.”


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