Wymondham High School students win national film award at the BFI in London

A short film made by young people from Wymondham has won a national award after being judged by two Oscar-winning directors.

Death's Apprentice was written, produced, directed and performed by a group of 44 students from Wymondham High School with support from a local professional crew.

The youngsters today found out that they had received the award for the 'Best Film by Over 12s' at the First Light Awards 2012 at the BFI in London.

Six of those young people travelled to the award ceremony, hosted by Edith Bowman, to collect their award.

The young filmmakers were supported by Wymondham-based arts charity Creative Arts East and Wymondham mayor, Neil Ward, through the Mayor's Community Fund, to attend the ceremony today during which they had the opportunity to walk the red carpet and meet a host of famous names from the film industry including Ralph Little and Laura Haddock.

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Natalie Jode, executive director at Creative Arts East, said: 'I am so proud of the group, they all worked very hard on making this film and they thoroughly deserve this recognition for their efforts.'

The project was supported by the Lottery through the UK Film Council's First Light initiative.

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The 10-minute film is based on a story of unrequited love, turned obsession, and given a Gothic twist by the students, who have set the story on Halloween, when 'Death' falls in love with a mortal girl.

The Wymondham students were judged by Sam Mendes, who won the Oscar for best director with American Beauty and Edgar Wright, who directed British comedy hit, Hot Fuzz.

The winning film can be seen at www.creativeartseast.co.uk

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