Sunderland teenagers graduate from film school

Young film makers.
Young film makers.
Have your say

YOUNG Wearsiders have graduated from a top film school.

Katherine Hanratty and Joe Walton, both 17, from Sunderland, were among three teenagers from the North East who were invited to take part in the British Film Institute’s film academy craft residential course during the Easter break.

The course, for 16 to 19-year-olds, took place at the National Film and Television School in Buckinghamshire.

Katherine and Joe, along with fellow teen filmmaker Caitlin Ivory, 18, were among 66 young people from across the country who took part in the course, getting the chance to make their own short film and work with some of the industry’s leading professionals.

Katherine, who is studying for A-levels at Durham Sixth Form Centre, said: “The course at NFTS involved us picking a craft specialism and being mentored by industry professionals before working in a crew with 10 other filmmakers to create a short film, which was later premiered at the BFI IMAX in London and will soon be sent to festivals.”

Katherine, whose film was called French Cricket, said the young people attended masterclasses with experts in the film industry, including Mike Newell, director of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, The Walking Dead star David Morrissey, television personality Lenny Henry, visual effects artist Tim Webber, who has worked on Gravity, Avatar and The Dark Knight, and composer Nathan Johnson, who created the soundtrack for Looper.

During the course, the teenagers also went to BAFTA for a screening, and the National Gallery and Ealing Studios to visit The Imaginarium Studios. They also had the chance to do a marketing pitch to members of Total Film.

Katherine has also been nominated for the Young People’s Media Festival, which will be hosted by The University of Sunderland.