uScreen Film Awards - December 2013

On Sunday 15 December, 7 students from Jack Hunt attended the Screen South uScreen Film Awards at Pinewood Studios near London. This is the second year the awards have been held and students aged 14+ entered four films in the 3 different categories (1 min, 1-3 min and 3-5 min). The focus of this national competition is to raise the profile of disability in film.

Supported by long-term JHS Film Club member Year 9 student Sebastian Roberts in the role of assistant producer, the 15 students created, edited, directed and starred in the four films, which can be viewed at uSpark. (*Some have subtitles.) 

The bursary for the films enabled the students to have two one-day workshops with professional deaf film director Ted Evans (with editing support from Mr Roberts – film club coordinator) as well as allowing the purchase of disability friendly equipment.

The awards were presented by David Proud, the first disabled regular cast member in Eastenders, and Jo Nolan, Managing Director of Screen South.  One Jack Hunt group won the 3-5 min category with their entry “Cochlear Implants”, a film from the perspective of deaf BSL user considering a cochlear implant. However, all entries were acknowledged and praised for their efforts.

This was a great project to be involved with, and the deaf and disabled young people in the school hope to be involved in future projects. 

The highlight of Sunday’s trip for many of the students was meeting David, who is a local lad living in Whittlesey and with whom they would love to film in the future. 

Well done to everyone involved!

Teresa Quail

Lead Teacher of the Deaf

Peterborough Sensory Support Services