15th May 2023
BDC students got to view the impressive film studios being built in the borough, from a sky-high vantage point.
In a tour led by Leader of Barking and Dagenham Council, Cllr Darren Rodwell, the young people got to see the Wharf Studios and the Eastbrook Studios in Dagenham, heading up onto the roof for a stunning viewpoint of the development.
They also got to visit the Council Chambers and Mayor's Parlour and spoke to Mr Rodwell about ideas for future collaborative projects, to get the younger generation interested in the history of Barking and involved in the borough's progress as a hub for the TV and film industry.
It was a fabulous fun, informative and inspirational tour, the students were absolutely overwhelmed by the studios. The visit has really got the students thinking; we will certainly be working with them to brainstorm ideas to drive the project forward.
I found the tour to be very interesting and very inspiring, it certainly expanded my knowledge as to the numerous jobs and opportunities there are in the film industry. Seeing the size of the new Eastbrook Studios, which are still being built, and the amount of opportunity this will bring is really inspiring and exciting.
I thoroughly enjoyed showing the College students around the Wharf Studios and the Eastbrook Studios. They were clearly wowed by the amazing film and TV facilities available right on their doorstep, in our wonderful borough. It is crucial we involve our young people in projects such as this, so they can see the future career opportunities they can access in Barking and Dagenham.
Due to the success of the tour and the enthusiasm it generated amongst the students, BDC aims to repeat the visit when new students start their courses in September.
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