Pupils at Heage Primary School have beaten thousands of other school children across the country to win a prestigious award for their dedication to running a regular weekly film club.
Members of the school’s film club were presented with the Filmclub of the Year award by actor Luke Newberry, star of Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows, at the First Light Film Awards, held at London’s Odeon Leicester Square on March 19.
Heage was one of only four shortlisted schools from the Filmclub charity’s 7,000 member schools to be nominated for the Filmclub Of The Year award.
Club leader Jenni Philbin says: “Receiving the award was phenomenal – it still doesn’t feel real. The children are thrilled and said they had the best day ever. Filmclub has opened so many avenues for us. I’ve seen shy, quiet children develop into confident and enthusiastic speakers through discussing their opinions in front of their club and the school. Club members with SEN have greatly benefited by having film implemented into their literacy curriculum – and the opportunities provided by the Talent Development Scheme have been amazing.”
Approximately 70 pupils attend the club each week and members have also been inspired to host themed film festivals at their school and start their own movie making projects – including a film which won two awards at Derbyshire’s regional movie awards (DAFTAS).
Launched in 2007 by educationalist Lindsay Mackie and filmmaker Beeban Kidron, the scheme helps schools set up and run weekly film clubs for young people from all backgrounds to watch, discuss and review quality films from over 100 years of cinema, reaching 220,000 young people each week in over 7000 UK schools. For more information or to register please visit: www.filmclub.org