On Thursday, 29th June, our school teamed up with other schools and colleges across the city to come together and celebrate some of the amazing film and media production work that has taken place and been produced by students this academic year. At our venue for the evening, Southampton Solent University, we joined with staff and students from Bitterne Park School and Sixth Form College, The Sholing Technology College, Itchen Sixth Form College, Richard Taunton Sixth Form College, and City College to showcase the excellent talents that our city holds. I was fortunate enough to co-present the evening alongside Stuart Ray, our host from the University.
Our guest speaker for the evening was the mulit-award winning film director, producer and writer, Bruce Goodison, known mostly for his directing of Murdered by My Father (2016), Dr. Foster (2015), Leave to Remain (2013), and Our War (2011). (Bruce’s recent project, Murdered by my Father, has recently won a Royal Television Society Award for Best Director and a BAFTA for Leading Actor.) As guest speaker, he inspired and advised our young and ambitious filmmakers that the most important part of any project is the idea. His assurance that talent is largely unnecessary, and that technology is not too vital a part of the process, really seemed to hit home with his younger listeners and prompted them to realise that they can succeed in the film industry, as long as they have a good idea, a passion to complete it, and a willingness to communicate with others in order to watch it evolve. We were fortunate enough to have Bruce with us for the whole evening, and to present some of the awards too!
Technical performance is also crucial to making a successful film, along with the time and dedication that those aspects take to fine-tune and develop. The talents recognised by each of the awards were based specifically on these key elements in order to celebrate the true successes of our students. Awards were given for:
Best Mise en Scene,
Best Use of Sound,
Best Visual Effects
Best Original Idea,
with the final award that was presented by Bruce, Best Overall Film. Each award was given in both GCSE, and Post-16.
Here at Upper Shirley High, we were abundant with successes for several categories. Every piece made by USH students was nominated for an award, and the overall wins were:
- Best Editing and Best Mise en Scene for a film called Ivy, created by Oliwia Kowalik, Alia Smith, Aggie Szymczak and Katie Street
- Best Original Idea for a film called Human at Heart, created by Joseph Clarke and Charlie Carter-Banks
- Best Overall Film, for a film created by Katherine Brockelsby, Jessica England, Alice Parsons and Tasveer Sidhu.
Well done to all!!
This is set to be the first of many years of celebrating our city’s students and their amazing talent, and we are looking forward to even more USH students achieving amazing successes and receiving awards next year.
Sarah Turner, Head of Film.