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From Lithuania to Carrow Road - on film

PUBLISHED: 08:45 23 March 2009 | UPDATED: 13:25 03 July 2010

A FOOTBALL-mad brother and sister who embark on a quest to travel from their native Lithuania to see Norwich City play is the unusual subject of a short film made by young people in Yarmouth.

A FOOTBALL-mad brother and sister who embark on a quest to travel from their native Lithuania to see Norwich City play is the unusual subject of a short film made by young people in Yarmouth.

Brother's Goal follows the trials and tribulations of the two Canaries fans as they journey from Stansted Airport to Carrow Road in a bid to see their favourite players star in a match at their home ground.

Shot on location, the film, which is in Lithuanian with English subtitles, sees the pair overcome challenges presented by the language, transport system, and even being robbed by their fellow countrymen.

Although they were given a basic plot outline, the seven Lithuanians, aged 16-26, who live in Yarmouth and Norwich, undertook every step of the production themselves, from writing the script and acting to filming and editing, with help from professional film-makers.

Now the group has been invited to be guests at their country's embassy in London next month for the premiere, and hope that the 12-mintue film will be shown at festivals.

16-year-old Ieva Meksraityte, who arrived in England three years ago and played a leading role in the film, said: “It was really good, but I also found it was really hard, you need to film so many shots twice.”

She said she hoped the project would inspire people from not only her community but from all communities to maximise their potential, saying: “They can see that you can do it - you can act in a film, you can make a film.”

The Oriel High School pupil, whose ambition is to be an actor, added: “The first time I filmed I just found myself. I really love it.”

The project was undertaken by SeaChange Arts Trust Great Yarmouth, in collaboration with professional film-makers First Lights Movies.

SeaChange outreach officer Rosita Juzenaite, who is Lithuanian, said that although football is not popular in her native country, the young people took to the idea with enthusiasm.

She said much of the content was drawn from their people's own experiences since settling in Norfolk, adding that she was impressed with the film, which was shown at a preview.

“The feedback we received was that the film was of very high quality,” she said. “It was difficult to believe they were doing it for the first time.”

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