Movie premiere pupils dodge paparazzi

By on 23/06/2010 in News

Date: Thursday, June 24th 2010

Time: 1.15pm

Location: Showcase Cinema, Kingsbury Road, Erdington.

Details: Pupils from two schools with contrasting intakes are to get the red carpet treatment after making a film featuring witches, ogres and princesses to teach about community cohesion.

The 40-minute movie follows collaboration between Yew Tree Primary School in inner city Aston - where the majority of children are Asian - and Wylde Green Primary in Sutton Coldfield, where children are predominantly white.

A total of 120 Year 4 pupils aged nine from the two schools will be stars for the day as they walk the red carpet and dodge paparazzi-style photographers at the Showcase Cinema in Erdington at 1.30pm, Thursday, June 24th.

Parents of pupils from the two schools have been invited to attend the premiere as part of a drive to forge closer links between the two areas which are only three miles apart.

Peter Barnett, headteacher of Wylde Green Primary, said making the movie had brought the two communities together.

“Before starting we questioned pupils and they were quite nervous about meeting children from different cultures and backgrounds,” he said.

“We know from experience that when children get together to work on a project such as this barriers break down.

“This is exactly what happened here. They learned about each other's cultures and traditions and became friends by working together as a cohesive team.”

Pupils invented their own plot using fairy tale characters to show how people initially distrustful of each other's differences come together and become friends.

They worked with musicians, animators and other artists to produce the work, taking control of all stages including script, music, acting and editing.

Shaukat Islam, headteacher of Yew Tree Primary, said: “It's a lovely piece of work and the premiere will now give a chance for parents from the two schools to also get together and celebrate the work of their children.

“The film is based on animation and video clips which tell a story of princesses, witches and ogres who, despite their differences, become good friends.”

The project has been funded through a grant of £6,000 from Creative Partnerships.
Further information from Shahid Naqvi 0121 303 3635.

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