It will be among other films selected to showcase the causes of war and conflict, and its impact on people’s lives.
“Boy Soldiers” has been doing the rounds in the festival circuit world-wide for the last couple of years and has been doing extremely well; winning “Best Film” at the Limelight Film Awards in 2013 as well as a nomination for “Best Film” at the Stoke Your Fires Film Festival, also in 2013.
The film was shot in an afternoon by Angelic Films Director Amy Coop (who is also the Film & TV Teacher at PQA Aylesbury) at the Mandeville School and on location in South Buckinghamshire. It stars PQA students Matthew Warwick, Harry Frost, William Schofield, Alex Kay, Ben Frost, Stuart Campbell and Kyle Martin. Many students at PQA Aylesbury stay on after lessons have concluded to continue their learning by attending Amy’s dedicated “Film School” from 1.30pm to 3.30pm, also at the Mandeville School.
On the morning of Sunday 7th September, PQA students from 12 specially selected Academies gathered around the Leicester Square cinema, bubbling over with excitement as they waited to see their films on the big screen. Earlier this year 61 Pauline Quirke Academies submitted their films to be in for a chance to have their work screened as part of this year’s PQA & Empire Cinemas Film Festival in Leicester Square. Over 150 films were submitted and the top 16 films have been specially selected by an external panel of film industry professionals.
The winning films were created by PQA Penn, PQA Aylesbury, PQA Hertford, PQA Coventry, PQA Stroud, PQA Chelmsford, PQA Guildford, PQA Evesham, PQA Watford, PQA Hemel Hempstead, PQA Nottingham and PQA Leicester. The cast, crew and fans were invited to join the exciting event in Leicester Square and premiere saw over 700 students, friends and family who all travelled to London to take part in the festival.
We are holding a free trial session at PQA Aylesbury for anyone interested in joining us on Saturday 20th September from 10 am to 1 pm. If you are interested in attending, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Kym on 07800 921373
The children of PQA Aylesbury once again ventured in to the Empire Cinema in Leicester Square to watch their short films Thomas and the Rocket and Hyde and Seek on the Empire’s new and very impressive IMAX screen.
As the only academy to have made the finals two years in a row, the children were extremely proud to accept their individual awards for their films from Pauline Quirke and have their picture taken with her.
Thomas and The Rocket was a green group production while Hyde and Seek combined talent across the academy both in front of and behind the scenes. Guest appearances were also made by some of the children’s parents.
Budding actor Stuart Campbell, 15 (PQA Aylesbury) has been cast as Prince Edward in the West End Stage production ‘Richard III’ alongside A-list actor Martin Freeman. Stuart is delighted to have won a part in the production through PQA’s dedicated agency Quirky Kidz. Stuart is no stranger to the West End stage: Director Jamie Lloyd previously cast him for a 12 week run in ‘Macbeth’ last year. Where he starred alongside James McAvoy. This new production will run at Trafalgar Studios from 1 July until 27 September.
Stuart honed his acting skills at the Pauline Quirke Academy of Performing Arts, which runs classes on Saturday morning at The Mandeville School, Aylesbury. PQA students receive tuition in Comedy & Drama, Musical Theatre and Film & Television. The 4-18 year olds are currently working on their upcoming performance of ‘Fright Night’, PQA’s very own musical at Her Majesty’s Theatre in September.
Bookended by the whole academy’s feature films Hyde and Seek (a finalist in the PQA National competition) and Out Of Darkness, were a wide variety of the children’s own work.
From concept to editing, a lot of these films were shot on location in the children’s own time, and edited out of PQA class hours, thus demonstrating the passion for film making among the children at our academy.
Short films included music videos, a Jelly Baby mystery, a rather ambitious detective drama shot entirely on location by our red group and edited excellently. The highlight for me, however, was a short narrated film by some boys in the red group entitled Wobbly Teeth, which took you back to those childhood days where such an event was the be all and end all of life! A hysterical film with a concept which could only come from children!
PQA Summer School Presents…Wind in the Willows
Come and join us for a fun week of singing, dancing and acting as we rehearse the much loved story of The Wind in the Willows.
Set around the adventures of Ratty, Moley and Toad, this children’s story offers some beautiful songs along with some lovely numbers set to tunes we are all familiar with.
Places are allocated on a first come, first serve basis and are limited.
To book, please call Kym on 07800 921373 or email email@example.com for a booking form.
Tues 26 – Fri 29 August
10 am – 4 pm
The Mandeville School, Ellen Road, Aylesbury. HP21 8ES.
There will be a performance for family and friends on the last Friday.
All this happened in preparation for their workshop with ‘Goody’ from the show itself and prior to their performance of the song Fame in their West End show in September.
The cast were extremely friendly, posing for a photo with the children, and the workshop was upbeat and ‘exhausting’ but very well received. It showed the children what West End choreography is like and has given them the chance to imitate some of the moves!
All in all, a very good weekend and another excellent Musical Theatre class.
This year, we will be adapting the thought provoking play Us and Them to include music and live instruments. If you are a budding musician, this is one not to be missed!
Where: The Mandeville School, Ellen Road, Aylesbury. HP19 8NH
When: Tuesday 26th – Friday 29th August 10 am – 4 pm
Cost: £160 non PQA members; £140 members
For more information or to book, please contact Kym on 07800 921373 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Places are limited so book now to avoid disappointment!
10% sibling discount and early bookers discount available