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Courtroom Drama Partnership Wins Allianz Arts & Business Award!

Posted on 22nd January 2015 | Cinemagic News

Cinemagic, AES Northern Ireland, law firm Arthur Cox and Stephen Beggs are celebrating winning the 'Employee Engagement Award' at the Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards that took place at the Theatre at the Mill Newtownabbey last night. A courtroom drama with a difference, 'Widget Vs The Crown', hit all the right notes with a key message about health and safety in the workplace at the heart of it.

The awards ceremony celebrate the best examples of business sponsorship of the arts across Northern Ireland and highlights the achievements of these collaborations. The Employee Engagement Award is awarded to a partnership that involves employees in the arts and incorporates creativity and innovation into the workplace.

AES Northern Ireland joined forces with leading law firm Arthur Cox to break the mould of training videos. Teaming up with Cinemagic and Stephen Beggs, they created a video that would illustrate both health and safety issues in a large company as well as providing an insight into court proceedings for young lawyers and an opportunity for skills development for young filmmakers.

The concept was to stage a mock trial featuring a fictitious commercial company accused under the Corporate Manslaughter Act. The accused and witnesses were portrayed by actors under the direction of Stephen Beggs. Defence and prosecution were offered by actual QCs under the mindful eye of a real judge. From beginning to end, the live trial was filmed and edited by a team of Cinemagic young filmmakers. To top the levels of engagement, over 40 selected AES employees and industry guests were invited to serve on the jury.

Although the trial was dramatised, the experience felt incredibly real for all involved. From both a business and arts perspective, the result was a hit with viewers, dramatically bringing home the ethics of the issues concerned.

To view the film click HERE

AES Northern Ireland also won 'Business of the Year Award' at the ceremony, awarded to a business that has excelled through integrating arts and culture throughout different facets of its business strategy. Cinemagic and AES have been working on a sponsorship level for the past two years and most recently with the AES Title Sponsorship of Cinemagic's 2014 Young Filmmaker Competition.

Davy Elliott, AES Northern Ireland said " AES is delighted to be supporting the NI arts sector. It is important to us that we invest in the communities we serve. Promoting education and communication skills through the arts is a great way to enhance the skills of young people."

Claire Shaw, Cinemagic said " Cinemagic and AES have a mutually beneficial partnership, one that helps achieve business and arts objectives in a fun and innovative way. The partnership to date has allowed us to offer numerous film opportunities to young people from Northern Ireland and beyond, with bespoke film projects, our hugely successful Young Filmmaker Competition and festival education and outreach programmes. The mock trial project was a particularly exciting training opportunity for young filmmakers who had the chance to plan and film a live shoot, operating four camera stations and working with representatives from the business world."


Ends:// Press Information: Claire Shaw, Cinemagic Press Officer, 028 90 311 900, claire@cinemagic.org.uk

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