Skem, I Love You.

World’s first social enterprise feature film.

Social Enterprise movie will tell 10 different love stories using ‘the community’ as lead actors – but makers need £60k to complete unique project.

What is thought to be the ‘world’s first social enterprise feature film’ is being shot here in Skelmersdale.

The unique movie, called ‘Skem, I Love You’ will feature inspirational stories about local people engaged in social enterprise activities.

The people behind the project, some of which has already been filmed, now need to raise £60,000 to complete production costs and are looking to local firms and the wider community to get behind it.

Under the Social Enterprise business model, a business re-invests its profits to a good cause, rather than pay dividends to shareholders.

The director and brainchild of the film, Ian Gamester, is a local man who went to the former St Thomas the Apostle school which is now Our Lady Queen of Peace.

Ian is an independent film maker mostly shooting music videos, ads and documentaries. The film will include 10 different love stories, all capturing aspects of life in Skelmersdale, all set in different Social Enterprises, and all using the community as lead actors.

SKEM, I Love You

A spokesperson for the project said: “We work with the diverse Social Enterprises in Skelmersdale, collaborating with their users telling a range of compelling, funny, touching, dramatic and inspirational love stories.”

Filming has already started on three of the stories and they include: The Junk Food Cafe, which is a a social enterprise run by the Birchwood Centre. They use food donations and feed the community at a pop up cafe, and people pay what they feel.

There has also been filming with Divine Days, a social enterprise working with people with learning and physical disabilities. Filming has taken place with Skem Men-Aces disability football team too.

Ian has worked for clients including BBC, Channel 4, Coca Cola, Sony, Universal, Warner, Evian, Sheraton, Calvin Klein, Phillips & Vivienne Westwood.

He is a director, cinematographer and editor, nominated in numerous festivals including: Tropfest; Virgin Media Shorts; Vimeo Festival; and the Royal Television Society Awards.

Ian has also shot more than 100 music videos working in New York, Tokyo, Sydney, Bangkok, and Paris.

He has shot numerous documentaries among which are for Comic Relief, UnLtd, and the National Lottery Fund. This often means working with diverse groups of people, some vulnerable; telling their stories sensitively, and ‘giving them a voice’.

Ian said: “I grew up in Skem so I know my way around the roundabouts! Also my parents are award winning social entrepreneurs in Skem.

My first ever paid job as a film maker was shooting a series of promos for Skelmersdale Social Enterprises. So I feel uniquely qualified to make this project to do the people of Skem proud, to tell their stories and to take them to Cannes!

As a lecturer, Ian has run filmmaking projects in Africa, UAE and all over the UK. For more information visit justgiving.com/crowdfunding/skemiloveyou

The above article by Henry James first published on champnews.com in Aug, 2019.