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Oscars night for school film-makers

May 7, 2014

GLAMOUR, glitz and golden statues were on show as a North Yo rkshire school celebrated its own Oscars-style event.

Students from the Dales School, in Morton-onSwale, near Northallerton, made their way down the red carpet to attend the premiere of their movie - A Touch of Poison.

The 12 students, from the all-age special school, who each took a starring role in the production, then waited nervously to find out if they had won their own Oscar in a black tie Hollywood-style awards ceremony.

Assistant headteacher Mike Sissons said: "This is our second Oscars ceremony, following the screening of our very successful movie last year, Fleeing the War.

"This year our students, who have created their own media production company, called the Dales Snappers, have produced aneven more ambitious film with a bigger cast and have even created the music for the film.

"The whole project has been student-led, from the writing, acting, filming and directing."

The fantasy adventure movie, which takes place in the fictional Kingdom of Wardale, tells the tale of Chemas the Devil, who plots to poison the beautiful Princess Bella.

Dozens of family and friends attended the ceremony in the school hall.

Headteacher Hanne Barton said: "Our Oscars evening has become a very important date in our school calendar."

Awards went to James Gill, Ella Coulson, Bethany Siddle, Cheryl McDonald, Sam Mortimore, Chloe Thirling, Megan Peacock, Megan Gayle, Thomas Cullen, Jake Burgess, Emily Keeling and Daniel Coburn.

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Source: Northern Echo (England)

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