School goes for hat-trick of film awards

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Pupils and staff from Burgh-le-Marsh Primary School are hoping that their latest project will bring them a hat-trick of awards for their film-making.

Filming of ‘The Gunby Sisters’ took place at Gunby Hall recently and the edited film has now been submitted for the LAFTAs Film Awards.

Their entry is about a school trip to a stately home that is haunted by a girl, who lived there in the early 1800s.

The Year 6 pupils, all members of the The Young Journalist Academy, have been working on their film’s storyline for the last few months.

IMG_2179YJA’s Bill Thompson, who offered guidance during the day of filming, said: “ The eight pupils involved went flat out to get another LAFTAs trophy for their school’s display cabinet. There are two in there already, but I know that the school would love to squeeze in a third!

Although they had prepared their storyline well, on the day pupils had to quickly familiarise themselves with the surroundings of Gunby Hall and adapt their film idea.

Bill added: “The staff at Gunby were very accommodating. The hall and its grounds are stunning – we were very fortunate to be able to film there.

“The Learning Department at Lincoln Castle helped us out too to by providing some period costumes.

“It turned out to be a very atmospheric film, quite spooky in parts, and is a credit to the pupils but we now have to wait to see what the judges think.”

The LAFTAs Patron, Hollywood actor Jim Broadbent is a passionate advocate of film in education; the Oscar-winning actor’s support of the awards is a great source of motivation for young people.

When schools resume in September, Burgh School will know whether they have been short-listed for the LAFTAs award night, which will be hosted at Lincoln University on October 19th.




Sit back and enjoy the film  – but keep the lights on – it’s a bit scary!


One Response to School goes for hat-trick of film awards

  1. Susan & Patrick Fox July 12, 2015 at 7:48 am

    Oooooh!!! We loved this film, very spooky. We want to know what happened next.

    Now wondering whether Olivia was always a ghost? Great use of the beautiful surroundings too.

    Well done everyone. This film must be a strong contender for the Laftas. Good luck