The Housing Executive’s Social Enterprise Programme has provided £16,000 in funding to help grow and expand the current services offered by Kettle of Fish.
The social enterprise is spearheaded by local man Paul Moorehead and employs two full time members of staff. The team is ably assisted by casual staff across various aspects of film production.
The funding will enable Kettle of Fish to produce broadcast quality films as well as increase their resources to provide trainee and apprenticeship opportunities.
Some of its recent titles have explored issues around forgiveness and reconciliation, poverty and social exclusion and ethnic minority issues in the education system. The social enterprise has received various awards, such as the Best feature documentary accolade at the Chicago Peace on Earth Film Festival for the powerful film on the Nickelmines Amish Schoolhouse shooting is 2006.
The team also worked alongside the Taghnevan Community Association to produce a film on benefit reform which was showcased at this year’s Imagine Belfast Festival.
Kettle of Fish also provides training for young people who are keen to pursue a career in film. Over the last 2 years, over 90 people have been trained in filmmaking and media work at the OCN accredited training centre.
Paul Moorehead, Managing Director said: 'We have produced award winning films showcasing a number of difficult and evocative issues on a global stage. We have established ourselves both locally and in the United States as providing a voice to those facing social inequality.
'The diverse nature of our work has meant we engage with a variety of different stakeholders, allowing various stories to be told.'
The Housing Executive’s Social Enterprise Programme has provided financial support, which we hope will purchase equipment and secure additional training for young people from Housing Executive estates as well as purchase equipment that will continue the quality of film being made by Kettle of Fish.'
(from left to right) Thomas Glass, Paul Moorehead and Marina Moorehead from award winning Lurgan based film production company Kettle of Fish with Connor Smith (third left) from the Housing Executive’s Social Enterprise Team announcing their partnership to train young people and create broadcast quality documentaries on hard-hitting social issues thanks to the Housing Executive.
Connor Smith from the Housing Executive’s Social Enterprise Team added: 'We are delighted to support Kettle of Fish on their journey to raise awareness around difficult issues focussing on communities that are often neglected on film.
'We were extremely impressed by the already substantial filmography of Paul and the team and the professionalism of Kettle of Fish. We are positive the company will continue to grow both domestically and internationally.
'With projects in place in 2018 and future accolades set to be received, the Housing Executive are providing a firm commitment to the work of Kettle of Fish who have become an important part of the development and training of young people in the greater Lurgan area.'