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Big screen showcase for Film and Media students

Aspiring filmmakers at Havering Sixth Form College showcased their work to the public, their friends and family on the big screen at the Premiere Cinema in Romford.

The cinema, in the Mercury Mall, was transformed into a real life movie premiere venue complete with red carpet, lights, photographers and an eager audience.

The event was held to celebrate the achievements of A Level Film Studies and BTEC Media students and it was particularly important for upper sixth students who were showcasing their final piece of coursework. Each film that was shown had a different feel and genre. Whether it was horror, thriller, post-apocalyptic or romance - the audience appreciated each piece of work for its own individual style.

Local filmmaker and former Havering Sixth Form College student, Nicholas West, attended the showcase and was really impressed. He said: “It was a great event put on by the college and you could really feel the excitement and pride the students had, not just in their films but in that they were also seeing their creations on the big screen.”

Student Ella Coombes said: “I was amazed by the expertise that was shown in all the films I watched. I didn’t know such talent existed in the creative arts faculty. More events like this should be run in order for everyone to appreciate the refined skills and effort that goes into making an amateur film piece.”

Film student Caitlin Crowe-Faires added: “It has made me proud of not only myself but my team and my tutors to see my work up on a big screen. I felt honoured to have that experience and I am grateful for the dedicated film tutors we have at Havering Sixth Form for helping us create work at such a great standard.”

Friends, family, teachers and students who attended were captivated by the films and were full of praise for the work that the students had produced.

Story supplied by Madihah Rahman