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Children’s film nominated for BBC Big Screen Awards

Weymouth Pavilion The Pavilion in the Past film that children from Westfield Technology College & St Andrews Primary School made in collaboration with digital-works has been nominated for the BBC Big Screen Awards.

Mark Kermode, who judged the nominated films said, “Pavilion in the Past is a charming, affectionate evocation of Weymouth Pavilion, evoking its changing fortunes. Interviews are intercut with evocative photographs to very moving effect. Eye witness accounts of the fire which destroyed the pavilion, and memories of the bands and comedians who worked there are wonderfully captured.”

Only three films from across Dorset and Hampshire have been put forward for this award. Karen Bidwell, Inclusion Co-ordinator at Westfield, said, “We are all very excited about being nominated for an award. We are grateful to the LHI for funding this project and for Joe’s hard work and enthusiasm. All the pupils involved enjoyed the experience and learnt lots of new skills.”

Children, working with digital-works artist Joe Stevens, interviewed many local people on their memories of the Pavilion and the old Ritz. They took a year to produce this film and in the process learnt many new skills including filmmaking techniques. Joe paid tribute to everyone who took part: “this shows the outstanding documentary film work that the children have produced. They have been brilliant. It has been great fun working with both Westfield Technology College and St Andrews schools.”

To see the film and more information about this award visit: Big Screen

To find out more about this project see Pavilion Past

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