A BUDDING filmmaker has had his work featured in two silver screen competitions.

Callum Wilkins, of Glastonbury Road, Astley, is part of a team of Film Production students at the University of Central Lancashire that made a short documentary, Breaking Bread.

The documentary follows a struggling family business in Blackpool, Lainés Bakery, which includes perspectives from manager Robert Lainé and fellow staff members.

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It illustrates the resilience of the small firm, the importance of family and the challenges of competing with supermarkets and large chains.

After putting the production together, the students were successful in getting it shown at Grindhouse @ Zoetrope Film Festival in Bolton and the Manchester Student Film Festival.

Former Fred Longworth High School pupil Callum, 21, who co-directed and edited the film, said: “It was really incredible achievement to get selected for the film festivals, we are so proud of each other.

“There were professional filmmakers who had their productions shown at the Bolton festival.

“The film showed how cruel life can be to people and how the bakery has not backed down in the face of insurmountable worries. Robert gets up at 3am every day and works until 8pm most nights.”

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The Breaking Bread crew. From left: Bradley Yorke, Matthew McKeeman, Callum Wilkins and Elliot Laine

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Callum made the film with Robert’s son Elliot Lainé, Bradley Yorke and Matthew McKeeman over the course of three days.

He will start the second year of his course next month in which he will make a feature length film.