Celebrating Film Making and TV Production with Birmingham Film Festival
Students taking part in film making activities at PQA Wolverhampton will be attending the Birmingham Film Festival on Sunday to see 3 of their films shown in a special session, especially for Pauline Quirke Academy students.
Arranged by Principal Julian Elcock in association with the Festival organisers the session sees 10 films from 3 PQA Academies in the area shown together in a 2-hour session dedicated to PQA films. Students study film and TV for a minimum of 1 hour per week allowing them to bring to life their film making ideas.
Wilderness Lost by students in the older group aged 13-18 has already been exhibited at festivals in Swindon and St Andrews as well as being a runner up in a national competition for young filmmakers. The Melody was highly commended in an earlier festival and Happy Work Day is by students aged just 6-9 years and was also made for a national competition.
Many of the students will be attending the screening at Millennium Point in Birmingham on Sunday and will also take part in one of the festivals special events, a Question and Answer session with CBBC’s Kia Pegg – famous for her role in The Dumping Ground and Tracey Beaker.
Birmingham Film Festival is quickly growing to be one of the biggest festivals in the country, running over 10 days the festivals patron is Steven Knight creator and writer of Peaky Blinders and this year it features films from all over the world. You can read about the festival at https://www.birminghamfilmfestival.co.uk.
In addition to Film Making students also study Musical Theatre, and Comedy and Drama – in Musical Theatre they will be preparing for the academies incredible West End performance in 2020 (The whole academy has the opportunity to perform in London’s iconic West End at Her Majesty’s Theatre home to Phantom of the Opera in a specially written musical). In Film and TV the groups will be recreating scenes from Big Screen Classics for a national film competition while in Comedy and Drama they will be preparing monologues for a national competition.