Pupils’ work on big screen

A FILM made by Morpeth students will make it onto the big screen this weekend — but more public support is still needed for the project.

Pupils at King Edward VI School (KEVI) made the film Bridging The Gap, giving a snapshot of local events that bring the generations together, after the idea was chosen as one of 36 winners in BT’s Big Voice scheme.

The project, which was supported with a £1,000 grant and helped by students from Teesside University, featured a 1940s event in Morpeth Town Hall that attracted more than 300 people and made it through to the final of the National Science and Engineering Week Awards, as well as a charity dinner in aid of SSAFA (Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association), work with the Time Bandits Battle Re-enactment Society, restoration of the school war memorial and an interview with the Duchess of Northumberland.

Now the finished piece is due to be screened in Leeds on Sunday as part of a BT Film Festival to bring communities together in celebration of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

But it is also battling against the other 35 film projects in national awards.

All of the films are vying for votes online and the People’s Choice award will be given to the viewers’ favourite.

BT Programme Manager Julie Hindley said: “We’re so pleased with what all the teams have produced. The films are really imaginative, some very moving, and extremely well made. It’s great to see what young people are capable of when they’re given the chance.”

To view the KEVI film and cast your vote visit www.bt.com/bigvoice