September 27, 2008

Cookery Film’s Got Smell of Success


Footage of pupils cooking up a storm will feature in a national film festival.

Year 11 students at Sir Thomas Boughey Co-operative Business College, in Halmerend, created a six-minute film, entitled Au Marmite, as part of their French lessons.

The film, a Gallic take on Ready Steady Cook, was considered good enough to be shown during the Co-operative Young Film Makers Festival, at the National Media Museum in Bradford.

School, colleges and youth clubs entered more than 250 productions for the festival, but only 100 made it on to the final list.

Au Marmite, which means "Let's cook", was shot in the school's kitchen in just two hours and shows a number of pupils preparing a dish while explaining what they are doing in French.

One of the stars was Jake Mainwaring, aged 15, from Audley.

He said: "I was the presenter of a French cookery programme in the film. It was really enjoyable, and we all had a good laugh."

Another film-maker, Kirsty Jones, aged 15, from Audley, said: "It will be really exciting to see our film on a big screen. It was really interesting making the film, and seeing how you did all the editing and everything.

"It's definitely something I'd like to do more of in the future."

Sir Thomas Boughey has entered films for the festival for the past four years, and has seen its entries make it on to the final list on three occasions.

Headteacher Dave Boston said: "This film festival has been running for quite a long time, and I think it gave a lot of people working in film their first break.

"It will be great for the pupils to see their work on the big screen, and it will also give them the chance to talk to experts about film-making, and learn how they can improve in the future.

"It will also be good for them to see all the other entries. You get all kinds of films at the festival, like animation, music videos and other things."

Language and drama teacher Andrea Davis suggested the pupils make a film as part of their GCSE studies, but it was the pupils themselves who came up with the ideas for it.

They scripted, shot and edited it, using the school's video equipment.

Faye Machin, aged 15, from Chesterton, said: "The idea was to make a French version of Ready Steady Cook. It only took two hours to film it, but then we had to spend more time editing it afterwards."

Laura Scarlett, aged 15, from Waterhayes, said: "My job on the film was to hold up the cue cards. It was a lot of fun."

All seven pupils involved in making the film have been invited to attend the festival in Bradford, on October 9 and 10.

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