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September 2020

American Mystery Film ‘Enola Holmes’ Filmed in West Midlands

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Sherlock Holmes has been one of the world’s most famous and revered fictional detectives since Sir Arthur Conan Doyle first released A Study in Scarlet back in 1887. And since the Sherlock Holmes property passed into the public domain, we’ve seen an almost endless stream of new adaptations featuring the Baker Street sleuth in recent years. Netflix is the latest outlet to bring Sherlock Holmes to our screens but in their 2020 film, Enola Holmes, the focus is actually placed on Sherlock’s sister, the titular Enola. Like many of the Sherlock Holmes tales to come before, Enola Holmes is set in Victorian London but just where was it filmed to create these stunning Victorian locations?

Filming Locations

Filming took place in London and across England’s West Midlands. Locations in Shropshire and the West Midlands feature, including Benthall Hall in Broseley as well as Arley Station on the Severn Valley Heritage Railway. Meanwhile, in London, Greenwich’s Old Royal Naval College, Fournier Street and Chancery Lane in Farringdon Without all played host to Enola Holmes filming crews according to The Cinemaholic.

Watch it on Netflix

Enola Holmes arrived on Netflix on September 23rd, 2020. The two-hour film follows the titular character (Millie Bobby Brown) as she goes in search of her missing mother. Watching over her shoulder are her two older brothers, the famous detective, Sherlock (Henry Cavill), and the mean, moody and magnificent Mycroft (Sam Claflin).

Watch the trailer here.


Enola Holmes, which was filmed in London and the West Midlands, is available to stream now on Netflix after releasing on September 23rd, 2020.




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Futures 48: Royal Television Society’s short film competition

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British film and TV forum the Royal Television Society (RTS) has launched Futures 48, a short film competition open to aspiring filmmakers with no broadcast credits from across the UK.

Launching on Oct. 9, participants will receive their film’s title at 7 p.m. from organizers and will then have 48 hours to create a three-minute short. It should be connected to the title while adhering to COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions. All entries must be submitted to the RTS by 7 p.m. on Oct. 11. Entries can be submitted either as an individual filmmaker or as part of a filmmaking team. Films can cover any subject matter and short documentaries are welcome, provided they link to the title sent to the particular entrant.

The completed films will then be judged by a panel of television industry experts.

Nominees will be announced in November, with the winner to be unveiled later this year. The winning film will receive a Royal Television Society Award and be available for viewing across the RTS YouTube channel.

For further information and registration for Futures 48, head to the RTS website.

The idea was brought to RTS by Emmerdale actor and director Daymon Britton.

“With so many people recovering from the effects of COVID-19, and personally reflecting on how huge the impact has been on our industry I wanted to bring creatives together for something positive,” said Britton in a statement. “The challenge gives a focus, a deadline, and an incredibly platform for those taking part. Open to people of all ages, I am hoping to see an outpouring of creativity over those 48 hours in October. This is just the beginning of Futures 48, and it’s already incredibly exciting.”




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British Film Commission statement on further UK Government COVID-19 restrictions

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Below is a statement issued by CEO of the British Film Commission, Adrian Wootton OBE, on further UK Government COVID-19 restrictions:

Yesterday’s announcements from the UK Prime Minister and Scotland’s First Minister make clear that, while there are new restrictions relating to COVID-19, COVID-secure work-places will remain operational. This includes workplace production activity, such as film and TV studios and locations, operating under the rigorous British Film Commission or broadcasters’ COVID-19 Production guidance.

 The British Film Commission’s COVID-19 Production guidance, welcomed by UK Government, Public Health England and the Health and Safety Executive, was designed to be rigorous, with thorough, comprehensive recommendations around social distancing and personal hygiene. We know UK productions have been following it when restarting production. Studios and streamers also have their own extremely rigorous protocols which sit alongside the BFC guidance, as well as production-specific risk assessments. These are all points we are clear to make in our conversations with Government.  

 And so, while COVID-19 restrictions vary from nation to nation within the UK, for film and high-end TV production in all four UK nations – England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales – operating within appropriate industry guidelines in COVID-secure settings is permitted.

Creativity Works: Content Production

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Get the skills and connections needed to get paid work in branded content, moving image and film.
Create Jobs is looking for 25 aspiring content creators who want to make their career creating content for TV, film, music and advertising. Over 6 weeks you’ll gain free practical hands-on experience in shooting, directing, editing & casting as well as pitching ideas, sound production and budgeting.
You’ll also hear how to create content for digital platforms and different audiences & hear from directors and DOP’s at the top of their game, including Stink Films (Jay Z, Ray BLK, Game of Thrones), Untold Studios (Beats by Dre, Sam Smith, Mouth Full of Gold), BlinkInk (Idris Elba, Jon Hopkins, MTV) and Somesuch (The Weeknd, Halsey, Burberry) amongst others.

About the course

Remote: Online via Zoom – London, United Kingdom
Organised by Create Jobs
The course is delivered online, 5 days a week, Mon-Fri. This includes industry talks, development workshops, careers advice and guidance, individual support, peer networking and self-study.
The core elements of this course will cover:
  • 101 to content production: The work the roles the brief
  • Pre-Production planning + learning the ropes
  • Pitching (mood boards + concepts)
  • Storytelling: How to tell compelling stories
  • Shooting (for film, digital, branded content)
  • Directing: Hear from some of the best directors in the business
  • Lighting It: Lighting Directors and Director of Photography at the top of their game
  • Producing: Bringing it all together – Budgets/ Callsheets/ Location Permissions
  • Editing + best practice
  • Content creation including Premiere Pro – masterclass & workshops
  • Sound Design: Meet the sound experts
  • Casting for different formats
  • Music Videos: Commissioning & Production
There will be weekly shooting exercises and editing challenges all ending in an end of programme screening.


As well as access to the course content, our aim is to place every person who goes through this programme into paid work or further training.
You’ll also get access to:
  • Free, industry-standard training from top employers
  • Connections to live job roles
  • Weekly employment workshops to improve your applications and interviews
  • An industry mentor to support your career goals
  • Individual and group wellbeing support
  • A network of young creatives
  • Ongoing alumni support, access to events and networking opportunities
  • A MacBook Pro and Adobe Software



We don’t mind about qualifications or past paid experience; our only requirements are that:
  • You must be 18-24 years-old
  • You must be from a London borough
  • You must not be in full-time employment, education or training
  • You must commit to the programme and be free weekdays during the programme (29 October to 11 December 2020)
  • You must be free for a selection day on either the 14, 15 or 16 October 2020
Other than that, we want to see your passion and interest in the industry as well as a creative can-do attitude and desire to learn.
We encourage applications from people who are currently under-represented in the digital and creative sector. This includes women, people who are Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic, D/deaf, Disabled and Neurodivergent people, people from the LGBTQ+ community, as well as people from lower socio-economic backgrounds.
We also welcome applicants from a range of educational backgrounds and therefore do not require any formal qualification to apply.

How to apply

To apply for this programme, you need to fill out the application form by 10am Thu 1 October 2020.

Important info

If your application is successful, you’ll need to be available for an online group selection day on either 14, 15, 16 October 2020, where you’ll take part in a collaborative group task and meet the Create Jobs team.
Please note that we are unable to offer alternative group selection dates and if you are unable to attend the selection day, we will not be able to process your application further.
You must be free to take part in the programme full-time between 29 October to 11 December 2020.


It is important to us that our programmes are accessible. Please let us know if you would like to submit your application in a different format by contacting Programme Officer, Vanessa Owusu, or 07827 925402.
If you have access requirements for either the selection process or the programme itself please include this in your application or contact us before the deadline.


Applications are open from Tue 25 Aug – Thu 1 Oct

RTS Midlands Career Fair: 12th-15th October

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RTS Midlands TV Career Fair – Monday 12 October to Thursday 15 October 2020 sponsored by NFTS

In the most ambitious Careers Fair yet, the RTS four day event from Monday 12 October to Thursday 15 October will bring together people from across the world of TV for SIX hours of live-streamed sessions, masterclasses and workshops each day.

Alongside Q&A panel sessions with the people who work on the biggest shows and brands, there will be some incredible practical workshops and masterclasses including help with your CV, an animation workshop, sessions on digital effects, working on location, podcasting, TV News and post production.

People confirmed to do sessions include: Barbara Slater, OBE, Director BBC Sport; Fiona Campbell, Controller, BBC Three; Isa Guha (BBC cricket presenter and commentator); Chris Stark (The Peter Crouch Podcast); Poppy Jay and Rubina Pabani (Brown Girls Do It Too podcast); Jacqui Oatley (sports broadcaster/journalist/presenter); Mark Cole, MD, Whisper TV;  Martin Dougan (Newsround) and Louis Cryer (Comedy Central).

In a first, we will also visit the set of BBC One’s award-winning Doctors in Birmingham to see how and where they film this brilliant drama. We’ll find out who does what, how they do it and more and do a Q&A with cast and crew live from the drama village.

This event is unmissable if you have ever thought about working in TV.


Monday 12th October

10:00-10:45  – Get Ready for your first job in TV with Jude Winstanley – BOOK NOW

11:15 – 12:00  – Thinking about the future of the entertainment business in a converging world:

                          consumer price, choice, regulation, and discoverability. – BOOK NOW

12:30 – 1:15  – How to kick off a career in TV Sport – BOOK NOW

1.45-2.30  – Is TV somewhere you can work if you have a disability? – BOOK NOW

3.00 -4.00  – ITV – CV Workshop – BOOK NOW


Tuesday 13th October

10:00-10:45 – How to make a brilliant podcast– BOOK NOW

12:30 – 1:15 – Working in the Locations Department with Film Birmingham – BOOK NOW

1.45-2.30 –Top tips for a career in Digital Effects– BOOK NOW

3:00- 4:00 – Ask us Anything – BOOK NOW


Wednesday 14th October

10:00 – 10:45 – Ask Us Anything – Join some awesome people from the world

                         of Entertainment and Factual TV and ask them anything! – BOOK NOW

11:15- 12:00 – Behind the Scenes:  Live from the set of BBC One’s Birmingham based soap Doctors – BOOK NOW

12:30-1:15 – Fiona Campbell, BBC Three – Baird Lecture – BOOK NOW

3:00 – 4:00 – CV Masterclass with BBC Experts BOOK NOW


Thursday 15th October

10:00-10:45 –  Post production – is this where the magic of TV really happens…find out from our super

                       panel of experts – BOOK NOW

11:15-12:00 – Working in News- is it the toughest gig in TV? – BOOK NOW

12:30 – 1:15 – In conversation.. with one of the country’s most high profile TV writers – BOOK NOW

1:45 – 2:30 – Animation Workshop – the world of animation is brought to life by our experts – BOOK NOW


Register your interest here.




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