Into Film, a lottery funded charity has given students at a Devon school the opportunity to become more involved in film. The Into Film Inclusion Project aims to help children aged 5â€“19 years old by using film as a discussion for ‘cultural, creative and personal development’. Students from disadvantaged backgrounds are given opportunities they wouldn’t normally have access to, such as making films and even meeting industry professionals.
At Exeter Road School in Exmouth, a film club has been set up with the purpose of introducing students to a variety of different cultures across the globe. The pupils were encouraged to talk about, and write reviews for the films they were shown at the club.
Popular screenings so far have been The Secret of the Kells an Oscar-nominated animation about medieval Ireland; The Water Horse a film about a young boy who meets the Loch Ness monster and Disney’s Mulan.The school was one of 139 chosen to trial the project for a year, and hopefully, because of its success more students in Devon will be given access to this fantastic opportunity.
Finding your first job in film is incredibly difficult, especially in the South West. The charity also gives young people these kinds of opportunities through their Talent Development Scheme. One young reporter was even given the chance to interview stars such as Tom Hanks at the premiere of Saving Mr Banks at the BFI London Film Festival, an invaluable experience for a future film journalist.
To visit the charity’s website and find out more about it go to www.intofilm.org
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