Film - Short film is on fire
A leading film director has chosen a screenplay by pupils in North Lanarkshire for a UK-wide award.
LensHeads Film School won the First Light Award for best screenplay, after Sir Alan Parker - director of Evita, Bugsy Malone, The Commitments and Midnight Express - singled out its short film, Backfire.
His decision was announced last week at the Odeon Leicester Square, London, where LensHeads members received the award from Sir Ian McKellen.
Sir Alan said: "It's convincingly written with good, realistic dialogue; it's a nicely constructed story; between reality and paranoia on a topical subject."
Backfire was written, directed and acted by pupils from St Andrew's High and St Ambrose High, both in Coatbridge, Airdrie Academy and St Aidan's High in Wishaw. It tells the story of a young man, Frankie, whose life is turned upside down when someone asks him for a favour that puts him on the wrong side of the law.
"The standard of the competition was really high, so winning this national award is just amazing," said Willie Davidson, who leads North Lanarkshire Council's film-making initiative. "It's been a privilege working with these talented young people."
The film school, based in the Bellshill Learning Centre, started six years ago to encourage pupils to become involved in film and media studies.