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Grantham pupils enjoy their very own film premiere

Pupils at a a special needs school enjoyed their very own film premiere at Grantham’s new cinema.

The pupils from Ambergate Sports College had entered a film competition open to schools in England and Wales to create a short film that would ‘entertain, amuse, intrigue or amaze’.

The drama pupils set to work coming up with an idea and writing their script for, ‘A Zombie in the Team’ – a comical, horror movie set 30 years in the future.

Ambergate film premiere. (19564017)
Ambergate film premiere. (19564017)

After a handful of lessons practising their roles, the drama class went out ‘on location’ to Ambergate’s Forest School for a day shooting the scenes. They also invited the school’s photography pupils along to capture the action.

The film was then clipped, edited and produced ready to be published for the film competition.

Earlier this month, they were invited to their very own screening of the film, trailer and a mini awards ceremony for all of the cast at Savoy Cinema, Grantham.

Ambergate film premiere. (19564047)
Ambergate film premiere. (19564047)

When Chauffeur VIP heard the story behind the film created by the pupils, all of whom have moderate to severe learning difficulties and complex needs, they were also keen to help out and provided two Mercedes V Class vehicles to transport the pupils from school to the cinema in true style.

The cast were greeted by peers, governors and parents, who lined the paths of the Savoy Cinema with their customised golden tickets, before excitedly taking their seats in front of Screen 3 for an afternoon of entertainment.

One pupil who helped create the film said: “It is a combination of shocks and laughs. It was a very good accomplishment. It was an amazing experience.”

Ambergate film premiere. (19564026)
Ambergate film premiere. (19564026)

Mrs Pell, drama teacher at Ambergate, added: “All the cast were very professional throughout the whole process from writing to filming - I am very proud of them all.”

Samuel Thwaytes, general manager of Savoy Cinema, was pleased to help.

He said: “It was fantastic to put on an event for those that had put in a lot of hard work creating their film. We’re very happy to hear that all who attended enjoyed the experience.”

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