Withern Primary pupils win European film prize

The children - Ellie Turner, William Ashe, Tegan Morris, Larissa Vickers and Imogen Reeves - are all in Year Five and Six at St Margaret's CE Primary School in Withern.
The children - Ellie Turner, William Ashe, Tegan Morris, Larissa Vickers and Imogen Reeves - are all in Year Five and Six at St Margaret's CE Primary School in Withern.
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A group of five talented young filmmakers have been invited to Paris to discuss a film they made together at school as part of a Europe-wide project.

The children - Ellie Turner, William Ashe, Tegan Morris, Larissa Vickers and Imogen Reeves - are all in Year Five and Six at St Margaret’s CE Primary School in Withern.

Together, they wrote and recorded their film over two months at their weekly film club, to enter into ‘Le Cinémathèque’ this summer.

The project involved children from all over Europe creating films according to script rules.

In June, the group from St Margaret’s went down to London where their film was shown at British Film Institute (BFI). It was the school’s first ever entry into the competition.

A team of judges including Mark Reid, head of education at the BFI, decided that the film produced by the St Margaret’s children was one of the best submitted and invited the group to Paris to show their film.

In June next year, the children will spend two days in the French capital.

Their five-minute film makes good use of dramatic camera shots, stirring music and a gripping storyline, and the children’s confident storytelling was praised in an article by Mr Reid.

One of the young filmmakers, Ellie Turner, said: “We had the first part of the film planned, but then we made the rest up as we went along.”

Fellow filmmaker Tegan Morris said: “We all had our own ideas, and we then put them all together.

“It was amazing and cool to go down to London for the day. We went on the London Eye and got souveniers for our families and friends.”

William Ashe said: “We are really excited to be invited to Paris. We didn’t expect it.”

Head teacher James Siddle said: “We’ve got some very talented pupils at our school, which is why we are one of the best performing schools in the country.

“We are a small, village school and I think it’s brilliant the children have gained national recognition for their work.”