BAFTA Winner Directs Birmingham Short Film: award winner Natasha Carlish creates short film celebrating creative business success in Birmingham

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BAFTA award winning director Natasha Carlish has created a short film celebrating the success of individual artists and creative businesses in Birmingham. The film includes the story of the poet Giovanni 'Spoz' Esposito and his path to becoming Birmingham's poet laureate, and his personal account of how the arts business support programme "Equal II: The Last Mile" changed his life.

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This work has clearly demonstrated the contribution which creative people can bring to the economic development of the city. They can also make Birmingham a more exciting place to live and work. I hope people will be inspired to make their own creative journey when they see the film.

BAFTA award winning director Natasha Carlish has created a short film celebrating the success of individual artists and creative businesses participating in Equal II: The Last Mile programme. This creative business support project was established in 2005 to develop the creative industries as a route to employment for creative talent and arts professionals in Birmingham.

Natasha Carlish's film Birmingham: The Creative City focuses on a small number of creative individuals and partners in order to examine their personal stories and journeys. The film includes the story of poet Giovanni 'Spoz' Esposito and his path to becoming Birmingham's poet laureate for 2006 - 07, and his personal account of how the Equal II: The Last Mile programme changed his life. The film can be viewed on the Creative Compass website.

Co-ordinated by Birmingham City Council's Creative Development Team and funded by the European Social Fund, Equal II: The Last mile runs until February 2008 and to-date has engaged over 400 individual artists and creative businesses and 18 partner organisations across Birmingham. The programme, and the creative industries, have made a significant contribution to Birmingham's economy through employment and improved quality of life.

Talking about the impact of the programme, Paul Cantrill, Head of Creative Development at Birmingham City Council said: "This work has clearly demonstrated the contribution which creative people can bring to the economic development of the city. They can also make Birmingham a more exciting place to live and work. I hope people will be inspired to make their own creative journey when they see the film."

Working in partnership with Birmingham City Council, Audiences Central has developed the Creative Compass campaign to highlight the innovative approaches that have been piloted by the partner organisations and to illustrate the legacy of investment within the city's creative sector.

To find out more about the amazing stories to watch the short film about creative success in Birmingham visit http://www.creativecompass.co.uk .

Notes to Editors
·    Audiences Central aims to work with and inspire arts organisations, agencies, practitioners and audiences in order to increase and diversify the market for the arts in the West Midlands.

·    The West Midlands area covered by Audiences Central's remit is Birmingham, Sandwell, Dudley, Walsall, Wolverhampton, Solihull and Coventry in the metropolitan area, and the five counties of Shropshire (including Telford), Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Warwickshire and Staffordshire (including the Stoke and Newcastle area of North Staffordshire).

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