Premiere of Broads films shot by Gorleston teenagers

Excited students are eagerly awaiting the premiere of a series of movies they shot on the Broads.

The talented teenagers, from Lynn Grove High School in Gorleston, made the films earlier this year and they will be shown on the big screen at Cinema City, in Norwich, on Saturday.

Clad in Victorian costume for the shoot, they embarked from Stalham staithe on board the century-old steam boat Falcon.

Their goal was to sell the Broads to young people - and soon they will get to see how they are received.

Alison Mobbs, head teacher of Lynn Grove High School, said: 'We're all very excited about it and the films are really lovely.

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'Media studies is a really big thing here. The children have done everything - they acted in it and edited it. 'They've seen it but they haven't seen it on the big screen. It's the first time they've had a premiere!'

Former Look East and Nationwide presenter Ian Masters helped organise the shoot, and explained that the audience they were really trying to captivate was local young people.

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A series of films was produced, including a Victorian love story shot on a quiet dyke near Neatishead.

Others number the hunt for the elusive swallowtail butterfly and a study of a Somerleyton marshman - which have been realised with the help of �12,000 of funding from the Broads Society and Broads Authority's sustainable development fund.

It is hoped that the films, which also include a story about Norfolk's wind pumps and Hugh Tusting's final journey as skipper of the wherry Albion before retirement, will become an important promotional tool and they are to be made permanently available via the Broads Society's website.

The project was inspired during a meeting between Mr Masters, who went on to become a senior BBC executive, and Ashir Abbas, head of media studies at Lynn Grove High School in Gorleston.

The young film makers, mainly from Lynn Grove High, worked on all the storylines themselves and Mr Masters said the skill and enthusiasm they had shown was 'fantastic'.

The films will also be screened at Lynn Grove's next open evening on Thursday, September 27 from 6.30pm.

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