Great Cornard pupils’ film is a cut above the rest

LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION: Students from Great Cornard Upper School celebrate after their film won an award in an international film-making competition.''MSFP-22-05-12 HW 039
LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION: Students from Great Cornard Upper School celebrate after their film won an award in an international film-making competition.''MSFP-22-05-12 HW 039

NINE young film-makers are basking in glory this week after winning accolades for their work.

Called Social Disaster, a Network of Riots, the four-minute film – on how social networking shaped the riots around Britain last year – won a category award in the UK leg of the competition, and it was shortlisted in two other categories.

Pupils from Great Cornard Upper School got out on to the street to interview people to see how the riots affected them and asked teachers, police and their peers what they thought.

The group – all aged 16 – are doing media studies and are Jack Hayward, Poppy Mace, Sally Cruddace, Nanine Balchin, Tasneem Hossain, Dominic Mortimer, Connor Browne, Nick Stone and Lee Martin.

Their film won the citizenship category in the UK final of The Panasonic Kids Witness News international film-making competition. They were shortlisted in the Best Picture and Sound, and Reporting Team categories.

Sue Crawte, head of media studies at the school, said: “We went along to the UK awards ceremony thinking that really our film was not that good.

“It was fabulous watching my students’ faces when they realised that actually their film stood strongly among the other 12.”

As category winners, the students will attend the Global Finals in London on August 10 with teams from all over the world. 

Last year, the students were taught about camera techniques, lighting and scenery by professional film-makers Paul Press and Clare Ruffle, from Offshoot Films in Great Cornard.