Young filmmakers from Kensington school awarded top prize in national competition

Drama students from the Academy of St Francis of Assisi (ASFA) in Kensington have been awarded the top prize in the National Cut Films Awards.

Cut Films is an award-winning anti-tobacco youth charity that works with young people, schools, youth groups and in partnership with local authorities to warn young people about the dangers of smoking.

Each year, Cut Films holds a national film competition where young people from across the country are invited to create a film that, in under two minutes, has the power to persuade somebody not to smoke.

The ASFA entry was titled ‘Tar Noire’ and incorporated elements of comedy with a short segment inspired by classic 1940’s film noir.

Out of 160 entries, ‘Tar Noire’ came out on top and the Liverpool students were named overall winners at the national competition.

Led by drama teacher Nicola Ousey, the project allowed the Academy’s Drama Club to explore many aspects of filmmaking including camera work, editing, acting, storyboarding, directing and writing a screen play.

Tracey Greenough, Head of School at ASFA, says: “What an incredible accomplishment achieved by the Academy’s Drama Club.

“The film is not only award-winning but it also conveys an important message about the dangers of smoking.

“I am so proud of all of the students involved and all of the staff in the drama department whose absolute dedication to the project has led to its overall success.

“This win is testament to the success of the extra-curricular activities on offer here at the Academy.”

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