11 Open Academy students help Cinema City pick their films for half term

Open Academy Sixth Form students worked with Cinema Plus, the education team at Cinema City, to lear

Open Academy Sixth Form students worked with Cinema Plus, the education team at Cinema City, to learn first-hand how a cinema is programmed and choose a selection of films that will be shown at half term. - Credit: Archant

Imagine you are running an art house cinema, and have the chance to choose a half-term programme of films. What would you pick?

That was the challenge facing 11 teenagers from Open Academy Sixth Form at Heartsease, Norwich.

The students, known as Open's 11, have been working with Cinema Plus, the education team at Cinema City on St Andrews Street, Norwich, to learn first-hand how a cinema is programmed.

As the cinema is not a typical multiplex, the criteria for suitable showings required the students to choose films that fall into a more specific, specialist type of cinema.

In the end, they chose two family classics, The Goonies and Back to the Future, one film representing world cinema, Tsotsi – which they had studied in GCSE film studies – and one cult classic, Quadrophenia.


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Natasha Stapley, one of the students, said: 'It has been really beneficial.

'I found the marketing side of the project to be a challenge and it was a great opportunity to work with Cinema City.'

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Lewis Pope said: 'It was like looking at film in an entirely different light; not only did we have to just choose a film, but it had to be the right film. Adding a Cinema City twist to each one was great fun too.'

The students are also organising a special screening of The Breakfast Club at Open Academy in April.

Planned as a 'pop-up cinema' style event, the screening will take place on a Saturday and will take the form of a mock detention where the audience will be encouraged to dress up in 1980s clothes and hairstyles.

The first film, The Goonies, will be shown at 1pm on Monday, February 16. For details of other screenings, see picturehouses.com/cinema/Cinema_City

What films would you choose for a half-term series? Comment at www.eveningnews24.co.uk

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