Project information

TIN - the Movie!

To bring Cornwall's tin mining heritage to life on the big screen for a new generation through completing the film production of TIN, and running a series of screenings at World Heritage Sites in Cornwall and Devon as weel as distributing the film to festivals around the world.

March 2011 - September 2013

Charity information: Miracle Theatre Company

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  • Need


    Cornish heritage is of little interest to many young people in the region. Many current resources, such as museums and exhibitions, could be seen as static, frozen and old fashioned. New ways to bring this heritage to life are essential to keep our history vibrant and alive and ensure it continues to be passed down through the generations. Many of Cornwall's mining regions are now deprived areas, with communities that have little opportunity for cultural activity or participation.


    By creating a feature film of TIN, a comic drama about a touring opera company trying to perform its production of Beethoven's Fidelio amidst a Cornish town's mining crisis, we will bring heritage to life in a fun and dynamic way. Using comedy, film and music, we will attract and involve a new generation to learn about and enjoy its history. The feature film will provide an innovative, lasting and enjoyable legacy of the project with a potentially global audience.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Complete production of feature film of Tin


    » Complete feature film, working with professionals and trainees on post production process

    Success will be completing a high quality feature film, on a low budget, which uses an innovative filmmaking process to bring its story, and the Cornish Mining landscape, to life

    Aim 2

    Roll out a wide-reaching programme of education and outreach work with local schools and communities


    » Work with project partners - Cornish Mining WHS and National Trust - to roll out additional heritage activity alongside film and on DVD

    Success will encouraging at least 12 school groups engaging with the DVD and its additional extras to learn more about tin mining heritage

    Aim 3

    Reach a wide audience with film through various distribution models


    » Distribute feature film through international film festival circuit, local film screenings and DVD sales - nationally and internationally

    Success will be 12 film festival screenings, 12 local screenings and 250 DVD sales

  • Impact


    The project will create more interest in Cornwall's mining heritage, through reaching a wide-ranging, global audience.

    We will demonstrate this success by tracking audiences, DVD sales/screenings and holding evaluations with participants. Success will be 10% of our audience being from outside the UK, and 15% of audiences being inspired to find out more about cornish mining heritage.


    Additional funds will need to be spent on the film before it can start making financial returns. Risk-taking is inherent to much artistic endeavour and Miracle is confident that the financial returns will outweigh the risk in the long run. As a registered charity, Miracle has oevr 30 yrs experience managing arts and film projects and is confident in the potential sucess of Tin.


    Donors will receive regular email updates on the project, including plans for the production, new partners, and photos. They will be eligible for priority purchase of DVDs and will be invited to screenings.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £20,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £15,000 Film Completion Feature Film Completion Costs - editing, visual effects and post-production
      £3,000 Project Manager Distribution, outreach & project management
      £2,000 Marketing Marketing & audience development

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    World Heritage Sites Cultural Programme £5,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Cornwall and Devon have a rich mining history, but are also home to many of the most deprived communties in Europe. Miracle's film will be screened at venues within the Cornish Mining WHS, such as Penwith, Pool & Liskeard. As with all Miracle's work, encouraging community cohesion and encouraging access to the arts for local people will be at the heart of this project.


    Over 6000 people came to see the theatre production of Tin in spring and we anticipate doubling the audience reach of the project with the film version. A wide range of people will benefit from watching the film - including those interested in mining or opera, as well as regular arts audiences. Over 50 local young people and adults took part in the production and will benefit from a sense of pride seeing their hard work , and their own heritage, reflected on the big screen.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Miracle Theatre Company has been touring theatre and making films for over 30 years. It is one of Cornwall's most distinctive voices and has built an excellent reputation for entertaining, intelligent, innovative and very funny productions that build instant rapport with audiences of all ages.

    Miracle is passionate about TIN and excited about working with communities and partners to make it a success.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Bill Scott

    Bill Scott is the writer and director of TIN and is founder of Miracle Theatre. He will direct both the theatre and film productions.

    Annie Ukleja

    Annie Ukleja is General Manager of Miracle Theatre and will oversee and produce the TIN project.

    Tim Yealland

    Tim plans and devises ETO’s education projects for people of all ages and abilities. He will oversee the community and outreach parts of the project.