Leeds pupils star in their own film

Year Five Film Club, who were presenters and interviewees, with Redrow's Chris Kelly and Jasmine Evans.
Year Five Film Club, who were presenters and interviewees, with Redrow's Chris Kelly and Jasmine Evans.
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schoolchildren took centre stage when they starred in their own film.

The pupils and staff at Newlaithes Primary School in Horsforth produced the short film about their school as part of a project supported by home builder, Redrow, and its broadband television channel, Redrow.TV.

Year Three teacher Marianne Bastey said: “The children absolutely loved the chance to star in their own film - and now other pupils have asked if they can do it next year too. “We have little flip cameras and iPads and so the children are used to doing their own small films, but it’s nothing compared with the experience they had with the Redrow crew and all the professional equipment.

“And the crew were brilliant with them, letting them film little bits themselves and use the clapperboards, allowing them to see behind the scenes. Doing something like this is great for building the children’s speaking and listening skills and, of course, their confidence.

“There was lots of laughter when the pupils saw the final version and, after the initial embarrassment, they were really proud of themselves – as were we.”

Newlaithes was chosen because of its proximity to two Redrow developments in Horsforth.

Children took part in auditions and screen tests before being chosen for roles in the film. During filming they revealed some of their favourite activities, such as preparing for the Year Six production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

Jasmine Evans, Redrow marketing coordinator, said: “The children are clearly all stars in the making. It seems Horsforth is a fantastic place to live and learn.”

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