Last summer we revealed how students from Bradford School of Arts & Media would be fulfilling ambitions by working on a new feature film of Richard II produced by the Co-operative British Youth Film Academy (BYFA). You can read all about it here
A year later, the students involved as performers or technical crew enjoyed the grand occasion of the film premiere at The Printworks in Manchester, prior to regional screenings and a dvd release.Performing Arts Tutor, Lisa Edwards reflected, “The red carpet treatment was in full flow, with cameras flashing and freebies at the ready. The students were dressed to impress, it was finally the day to view their hard work on the big screen. This event provided the students with a taste of stardom that they will no doubt experience again in their bright futures which lay ahead of them.”
Damien O'Keeffe, Curriculum Team Leader for Media, Music and Performing Arts explained that this was not a straight telling of the story and that the considerable amount of animation and post production work had result in a film that was visually stunning and also ensured that that there were lots of surprises for those involved as well as others in the audience. You can appreciate how special this film is by watching the trailer for the feature film here:
The photograph shows Rebecca Chilton, Stephen Normandale, Sophie Kelly, Jack Davis, Nicole Holt, Stephen Maloney and Abigail Chilton attending what is certain to be the first premiere of many. The integration of this opportunity into the HNC/D in Performance for Stage & Screen and HNC/D in Film Production which commenced in January 2012 meant that with the exception of Jack, all would be among those benefitting from additional movie experiences at College.
Damien added, “This summer our students are shooting a version of Dr Faustus in Dewsbury. I am delighted that we will be hosting the film production in summer 2013, which is most fitting given Bradford’s City of Film status and the continued development of our courses to complement this. The latest addition to our portfolio is a new HND in Music commencing in September this year, which has music for film and television as its focus. Due to our links with the City of Film, The British Youth Film Academy and Whistling Woods International, there is scope to gain real-world experience as a composer or sound designer and possibly study part of the course in Mumbai.”