Film Able in Action




FilmAble screen film and animation using their Mobile Cinema. The Perfect Plan  and The Missing Link both screen across the North-East and Cumbria. We also support other organisations and partners with the screening of  their own projects.  Paul Adamson supported Prism Arts at the screening of The West Coast Project in Cockermouth in July 2013.

Four films made with Haltwhistle Film Project were shown, including The Princess and the Flying Boat, made with Mayfield Special School in Whitehaven.


Animated Backdrops

We were commissioned by Starfish Theatre (2010)  to produce an animated backdrop for a touring theatrical production.

FilmAble created animated backdrops for a five performance show at James Rennie Special School in Carlisle.  James Rennie also made exciting animated backdrops for GongFest in Carlisle 2013.

We created a  two-screen animation for Richmond Annexe Day Centre in Whitehaven as part of the multi-media strand to their work (2012) 


Documenting Events

FilmAble shot an event n 2010 organised by Prism Arts, Access to Arts at Tullie House Museum in Carlisle. They were recently recommissioned to shoot a similar event at the same venue which was attended by artists, social services, day centres and arts organisations from across the region.


Priory Special School Hexham

We partly ran a two day workshop to shoot a short film and animation based on the school garden. The film was screened at the D’Oscars Film Festival in Autumn 2011.

The same team shot and edited a documentary interviewing artists and filming performances the previous year at the school. 

Training Films

In 2011 we were commissioned  to shoot a training documentary for Northumbria Healthcare. Funded by the Trust and based on training junior doctors how to work with people with disabilities, it was shot and edited by  a  crew from FilmAble. Carol Nichol ran the project.


Curriculum: Film and Animation

FilmAble part ran a series of workshops in two schools one of which was in mainstream and the other a special school dealing with pupils with complex needs. The workshops used animation and film in Maths lessons to find ways to teach ideas which Key Stage 2 pupils often find difficult.

Haltwhistle Film Project  offers curriculum development projects for all types of school in all subject areas and across whole school issues.


Partnership Development

Richmond Annexe and Hensingham Day Centres (Cumbria Care)

FilmAble and Haltwhistle Film Project have worked on several projects with Richmond Annexe and Hensingham Day Centres in Whitehaven.  One project has been used in a national Case Study by UK Online (now the Tinder Foundation) in their submission to the Department of Business Innovation and Skills to show creative use of the internet.

Dilston Mencap College

FilmAble has also worked with Dilston Mencap College on a film working closely with a tutor to develop her use of film and animation across the curriculum.  This work arose from her interest in a film made for the D’Oscars with Dilston the previous year.  This work is ongoing.

Chesterholme Residential Care Home

A crew from FilmAble facilitated four 2 hour workshops based on Animation at Chesterholme Residential Care Home in Hexham. The workshops looked at various different ways of making Animation including Drawing, Modeling and 3-D Shape. The completed animations were screened at the Care Home.


Getting About – New Ideas

Oska Bright – Brighton

In November 2011 we  visited The Oska Bright Film Festival in Brighton and met with the people who run it.  Carol Nichol’s award winning animation of “The Terrible Tale of Peter Rabbit” was shown at last  years festival..

 National Media Museum – Bradford 

In July last year a group from FilmAble visited the Bradford Media Museum as part of their ongoing training and development.

Film Able on Location  

FilmAble films on locations from North Sea to Irish Sea during the course of their work.  



Web Development

Paul Adamson has run the website since 2010 and is continuing to develop it for us. Supported by Marc McKiernan from Haltwhistlle Film Project, He continues to gather information for and create pages.