Lights, camera, action! LAFTA film award for excited school

SCREEN STARS -- six children from Class 1, which won one of the main LAFTAs.
SCREEN STARS -- six children from Class 1, which won one of the main LAFTAs.

Could there be film stars, producers and directors of the future lurking in the corridors of Hemswell Cliff Primary School in Gainsborough?

The answer is yes if the latest LAFTA film awards are anything to go by. For the village school won one of the main prizes and was also shortlisted in two other categories.

“We are so excited that Class 1 won the foundation stage category,” said Helen Jenkin, of the Capper Avenue school. “They won an award and a top-of-the-range computer for the school, courtesy of the sponsor, Infotech.

“It was an unforgettable evening that one child summed up as absolutely awesome.”

The LAFTAs (Lincolnshire Awards for Film, Teamwork and Achievement) is an annual event that showcases and celebrates films and animations made by youngsters across the county up to the age of 19. Its patron is award-winning film, TV and theatre star Jim Broadbent, who was born at Holton-cum-Beckering in Lincolnshire.

Hemswell Cliff got into the spirit of things by holding a film week when classes planned, scripted, filmed and edited their own films, which were all linked to the theme 1215. After holding their own Oscars party, the children voted for the best films, best actors and actresses, and best sound effects and graphics before submitting their winners to the LAFTAs.

Class 1’s entry was called ‘12.15 Dinner Time’, while the entries of Class 2 and 3 referred to the year, 1215, and were about the Magna Carta and Robin Hood.

Seventeen children, accompanied by six members of staff, including Class 1 teacher Claire Longstaffe, went along to the glittering LAFTAs ceremony at The Engine Shed in Lincoln. They enjoyed live music, dancing, many special guests, including the Stormtroopers from ‘Star Wars’, and lots of popcorn!