Young film makers the pick of the bunch
Members of Sudbury and Great Cornard Young Filmmakers were given the top prize at an awards ceremony for health films.
The team won the award for the ‘Best Film About Healthy Living’ at the Live Well Suffolk Oscars, a competition organised by Live Well Suffolk which aims to educate young people about the importance of making healthy lifestyle choices.
The winning entry from filmmakers Martha Davies, Myles McAvoy, Luke Townsend, Caitlin Duffy, Cameron Day, Lotte Rayner and Niamh Duffy, warned their peers about the health implications of having an unhealthy diet and eating too much junk food.
The film, Helping Joe, follows the story of Joe who spends her lunchtime eating crisps, chocolate, cakes and sugary drinks.
Witnessing this, Professor Hawkins and her team of Sidekicks intervene, showing Joe just how much sugar and fat she’d been consuming and encouraging her to make simple, healthier changes to her diet.
Ali Clements, Live Well Suffolk’s schools and young people’s services coordinator, said: “We really enjoyed watching Helping Joe. It was well thought out and put together, funny, and the messages about the health implications of an unhealthy diet came across really well.”
It’s the fifth year that Live Well Suffolk has organised the Oscars competition. Entrants were invited to make a film that explored the impacts of either smoking, unhealthy eating or inactive lifestyles.
Ali Clements added: “We hope that by making the films young people will be encouraged to continue to make healthier choices.”
The team also won the award for ‘Best Use of Props’ for their Helping Joe film. Meanwhile, other filmmakers from the group won the prize for ‘Best Film Highlighting Peer Pressure’ for their film Smokers are Jokers.
Hadleigh High School students also enjoyed success at the event, winning three awards including one for ‘Best Acting’.