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FREE filmmaking and acting training for people in ABSTINENT RECOVERY.
Come along to meet other like-minded people and learn skills in camera, sound, editing, directing and acting! And have fun. Email us, or call to sign up or just find out more.

call: 0151 7085767

What Participants Are Saying

“ I feel safe and respected in First Take. I feel valuable. There is never any pressure on me so knowing this is a reassurance whilst I’m encouraged to develop myself and grow as a person. My confidence and self worth grows whilst I’m here. This helps me to come here – I don’t build up anxiety and cancel because of those reasons”

“ I am 71 years old and resisting isolation by engaging in filmmaking and active interest. The people are friendly and helpful and patient, very well conceived with best ideas”

“ I now feel my voice matters”

“ I feel like a part of the family at Reel Recovery now and have made good friends with everyone”

“ I have something to focus on for my future employment. Positive feedback from tutors on my progress”

“ It helps by giving me positive and productive opportunities to focus on. This helps structure my mental health therefore my recovery”

“ The people here are amazing. The facilities, equipment and general energy in the place is a joy to be around”

“ Lovely teaching style, practical hands on and being able to use the equipment and actually make films!”

The Tables Turn trailer: written, performed and filmed by people being trained on the Reel Recovery Course.

Written by Joolz Nylander.

Check the latest courses coming up on the calendar.


Start on your filmmaking journey by learning all the basic skills in the different roles.

How to operate a camera, record sound, light a scene, production design, clear locations,
how to edit, add sound effects and music – all this whilst working on a short film.

Go on to specialise in your chosen area and do intermediate and advanced level course.

Basic filmmaking – 1 day a week over 5 weeks

Specialised training and mentoring also available.

Acting for Camera

A professional Actor and Director wil train you in acting techniques for film and television.

It covers being in the moment, listening, acting is reacting, working with images, and other acting techniques.

You may have never acted before – it doesn’t matter – just come along and give it a try.

You may go on to act in a short film or even a feature film.

1 day a week over 10 weeks


Have you ever watched a film or tely and thought ‘I could write that’? Now is your chance.

Learn about character, theme, genre, structure,& how to write dialogue,

How to layout a script & be mentored through the process of writing your own script.

You don’t need any past experience or to have written anything before.

1 day a week over 10 weeks – how to write a screenplay from idea to final draft script.

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