Time travel pupils on the silver screen

Morpeth's KEVI School pupils were holding a 1940s themed event at the Town Hall and seen at the event are pupils Michael Hedley (left) and Andrew Charlton.

Morpeth's KEVI School pupils were holding a 1940s themed event at the Town Hall and seen at the event are pupils Michael Hedley (left) and Andrew Charlton.

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A GROUP of Morpeth students will hit the big screen with their project which rolls back the years.

The KEVI Time-Travellers have won £1,000 and film production support to make a documentary about their community.

They also qualify for up to £5,000 and help from Unltd, a charity which supports social entrepreneurs, to turn their ideas into reality.

Group members put together a submission for the Big Voice competition, sponsored by BT, based on a programme which looks at what life was like in Morpeth during past decades.

This and other winning films will be screened on a giant London 2012 Live Site screen in Centre Square, Middlesbrough, during Spring next year.

A major 1940s event in the Town Hall has already taken place where pupils brought items, photographs and documents from the school archives to the exhibition, played a range of hits from the decade and sold 1940s arts, crafts and recipes they produced themselves.

They also dressed in clothing and uniforms that were common 70 years ago and linked with the community as there were also displays from the Morpeth Antiquarian Society, John Sadler and his team of Time Bandits and local author Alan Davison.

The Phoenix Project about the 1960s is on-going, the students are doing research about the Morpeth residents who took part in the First World War and other decades are being looked at for the film.

Victoria Najafi, Head of Student Voice, Leadership and Enrichment at King Edward VI School, said: “We are incredibly passionate about Student Voice and the BT Big Voice competition was an ideal opportunity for our young people to make a national impact.

“We are delighted to have progressed to the next stage of the competition and students cannot wait to get started on making their film treatment in to a reality.

“Although Morpeth had and still has a low ethnic minority demographic, they are very interested in finding out how other cultures influenced Morpeth residents. For example, the fashions on the movie posters provided by Alan Davison for the 1940s event were mimicked by a lot of the local young population at the time.”

The KEVI Time-Travellers will receive support to bring their ideas to life in front of the camera from a team of film students from Teesside University, starting in September.

The top films from across the country will be chosen to go through to the final stage of the competition — an Oscars-style ceremony to announce the UK winners just before the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games begin.

BT’s North East Regional Director Chris Sayers said: “We’ve been really impressed by the work of all the contestants, but particularly the entries we’ve selected to turn into films.

“It’s inspiring to see young people tackle the issues that matter to them and express themselves so passionately and creatively.”