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BBC preview new film ‘My Name is Leon’ at Birmingham’s best kept secret – IET Birmingham: Austin Court

With cutting-edge AV facilities and flexible spaces at IET Birmingham: Austin Court, it enabled us to become an extension of the film crew.

We provided on-site technical support to ensure that the event ran smoothly, with our own IET technicians assisting the BBC’s crew with equipment, lighting and sound requirements.

In attendance were VIPs from the film industry alongside 40 members of the public who had won tickets through a ballot, with several spaces at Austin Court used throughout the evening.

The Atrium was used for registration, the Waterside Room hosted a drinks and canapés reception for attending VIPs and the Courtyard was the backdrop for media interviews and photographs.

The Kingston Theatre took centre stage by hosting the screening of video clips from the film, as well as a panel and Q&A discussion with the cast.

The locations used at Austin Court are all fully accessible.

Hosting an event of this scale required a mixture of technology equipment, screens, lights and sound.

To make sure the event took place without a hitch, a technology rehearsal was carried out prior to the start of the preview.

The technology and digital support we provided included:

  • HD projector with a screen size of 3.5m x 1.97m
  • Digital screen outside the courtyard for welcome signage
  • Lighting to enhance the stage
  • Lapel microphones for the cast during the panel and Q&A
  • Music playing for the arrival and exit of delegates

Set in 1980s Birmingham, My Name is Leon tells the uplifting and incredibly moving story of Leon, a mixed-race boy, and his quest to reunite his family after being taken into care and separated from his blond and blue-eyed baby brother.

Told through Leon’s eyes, we follow his journey, full of energy and hopefulness despite the hardships he encounters, and witness the touching relationship between him and his foster carer.

My Name is Leon is an adaption of Kit de Waal’s award-winning novel and is Shola Amoo’s first screenplay for television. Cole Martin plays the lead, Leon, in his first TV role.