A new short film created in collaboration with Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange is being released.

The film, titled 'From A to PZ,' was filmed in and around Penzance and looks to explore the high street and its potential future.

From A to PZ has been released as part of 'Future of the High Street,' a series of ten new films commissioned by Historic England.

The film is shaped by the memories and histories of the people of Penzance.

Filmmaker Rachael Jones, along with students from Mayn Creative at Falmouth University, worked with Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange to blend animation and archive photography with interviews with local shopkeepers in the close-knit community found in the area between Market Jew Street, Causewayhead and Chapel Street.

Future of the High Street is part of a £7.4million Cultural Programme led by Historic England, in partnership with Arts Council England and the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

This programme of cultural activities is part of the £95 million High Streets Heritage Action Zone scheme, which is currently working to breathe new life into more than 60 high streets across England.

The Cultural Programme features new digital and physical artworks inspired by our nation’s high streets and aims to make our high streets more attractive and vibrant places for people to spend time, work and live.

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Rachael Jones, filmmaker, said: "This project offered the opportunity to explore new ways of working collaboratively with many voices to build a film about a changing town, memory and community.

"Working together with students from Mayn Creative and a local art group, we used archive images of Penzance from Historic England to stimulate ideas about the town and reflect on how it had changed.

"In addition, we interviewed some of Penzance's independent shop owners to get a deeper insight into how they feel about their place on the high street."

James Green, Director Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange, said: "As one of our venues, The Exchange, is in the centre of Penzance, we were delighted to be involved with the making of this film, alongside filmmaker Rachael Jones and the Mayn Creative team from Falmouth University.

"Penzance is a vibrant, lively town and we hope this film shows how much it has to offer."

Ellen Harrison, Head of Creative Programmes and Campaigns, Historic England, said: "Historic England is taking a unique approach in combining cultural programming, community engagement and physical regeneration to transform high streets across England.

"The Cultural Programme’s aim is for artists to work with local people to help them rediscover and express the pride they have in the places they’re from."

You can watch From A to PZ on YouTube at: youtube.com/watch?v=YzY-WBu0qsU