A YOUNG film-maker saw his work on American campaigner Martin Luther King Jr premiered on the big screen in London's Leicester Square after winning a national award. The first Thank You Film Awards, organised by researchers at the University of Birmingham, premiered at the Prince Charles Cinema on Thursday.
Radio 1 DJ Phil Taggart presented the award to Kehelland Village School pupil Nico Roskilly-Pugliese, 11, for his inspiring short film, along with a Thank You Film Awards clapperboard and a digital SLR camera for his school near Cambor ne.
He travelled to London with classmates Lauren Coumbe, Chloe Yates and Thomas Fogg, whose film saying 'thank you' to cancer research charities was also shortlisted, along with six other primary schools across the UK.
The films were selected from 100 submitted by primary and secondary schoolchildren showing how gratitude affects their behaviour and lives.
A panel of judges said of Nico's film: It was very atmospheric; the use of music and the 'old-style' look was effective.
The images of the racist past of the USA were powerful and the film-maker let King's words speak for themselves.
Despite missing out on the top prize, the judges also praised the pupil's shortlisted cancer charity film, adding: Another insightful film with a different angle on gratitude, but for a cause that affects millions.
Technically and visually this film has some really good ideas. Kehelland School teacher Dave Rayner, who accompanied the children on their twoday trip, said: It was a brilliant achievement to have won. We are incredibly proud of Nico and the other children whose work was shortlisted out of so many schools.
During their trip the children enjoyed a meal in a Leicester Square restaurant and visited the M&M store, reputed to be the largest sweet store in the world.
They also spent three hours exploring London's Science Museum, which proved to be the highlight of their adventure.
Lauren said: Its been amazing.
The science museum was epic, there was so much to see and do.
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