Sep 2017

Lights, Camera, Action! Creative Education Trust pupils write, direct and star in their very own thriller

Hollywood came to Rugeley as pupils at The Hart School wrote, directed and starred in their very own short film, guided by professionals from film and television. This once-in-a-lifetime experience was the grand prize in the Creative Education Trust’s first-ever creative writing competition.

The talented winners, Anya Tregay and Benjamin Griffiths, worked with Harry Oulton, a highly respected television writer, children’s author, and creative writing tutor, and Director of Photography, Sam Bevitt.

They created the brilliant ‘One For Sorrow’, a five-minute thriller that sees distraught pupils refusing to give up hope after the disappearance of their friend. Things take a dramatic turn when a mysterious magpie appears.

You can watch it here:


About the Creative Education Creative Writing Competition
The cross-trust creative writing competition was dreamed up at a meeting of Creative Education Trust’s English teachers and was led by James Read of Caister Academy, Great Yarmouth.

Year eight and nine pupils in our schools across the country were asked to develop a 500-word piece, incorporating a given phrase, or in response to a given image. Two pupils from each school were then selected to take part in our screenwriting competition.

The young people were challenged to write a screenplay for a 5-minute drama, with school as the context, in which ‘something is overheard’. This task was inspired by one of the most famous moments in film and literature history – the apple-barrel scene in Robert Louis Stephenson’s Treasure Island in which Jim overhears Long John Silver’s violent plots to kill.

The fourteen finalists came together at Swedenborg House in London for an enjoyable day that began with drafting the dialogue that Stephenson’s original scene does not disclose. Further exercises, interspersed with Harry’s insights into the classic structures of film and fiction, illustrated with short films and excerpts, culminated in a collaborative session with finalists from each school working in pairs.

At the end, finalists and teachers visited the BFI (British Film Institute) to watch the 2012 version of Treasure Island in a private screening room.