29 November 2019

We are excited to share the first fruits of Abingdon School’s new filmmaking partnership with Larkmead and Fitzharrys Schools at a joint screening of new films in the Amey Theatre on Monday 9 December at 7pm (free admission).

The Abingdon Film Academy was launched in September 2018 to build on the success of the Abingdon Film Unit, one of Abingdon’s extra-curricular activities that has enabled young people between the ages of 13-18 to make their own short films with guidance from a team of London-based film professionals since 2003. The team includes BAFTA-winning director Colin O’Toole, artist Matt Copson and artist and filmmaker Duncan Pickstock.

In its first year, ten Film Academy students – five from Larkmead and five from Fitzharrys – worked together to produce five short films, ranging across the genres of fiction, documentary and music video. Renee Le Maguet, of the Academy filmmakers from Larkmead School, said,

“It’s been an amazing experience, and I can’t wait to think up a new idea for the next film. I’m looking forward to seeing it being screened on the big screen soon!”

The five Academy films will be shown alongside five recently completed AFU films in what will be a great celebration of the students’ hard work and creativity. The Film Academy is part of Abingdon School’s burgeoning partnerships programme, in which staff and pupils from all the schools in Abingdon are finding opportunities to work together and learn from each other in a mutually beneficial exchange.

The photo shows AFU tutor Duncan Pickstock leading an introductory workshop with Larkmead students Luke Shaw, Renee Le Maguet, Gus Bowers and Iko Oo.

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