Children hope war movie is a winner

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Talented young movie makers bought history to life with a film set in the Second World War.

Pupils at Burgh le Marsh Primary School were inspired to create the film after learning about the lives of evacuees.

Year 6 youngsters were involved behind and in front of the camera for the short film called Mrs Sykes.

The film features teaching assistant Clare Sykes remembering her time as an evacuee.

Tegan Olbison plays the character as a child listening to the declaration of war in 1939 and tearfully leaving home during the blitz.

Teacher David Hurdman appears as himself and an ARP warden.

Members of the school’s young journalist academy, including Millie Turner, Jasmine Deakin and Lizzie Clarke, filmed the drama at Lincolnshire Wolds Railway and Thorpe Camp Visitor Centre. It is narrated by Morganne Holsworth.

The film is an entry in this year’s Lincolnshire Awards for Film Teamwork Achievement (LAFTAs).

Period costumes and props were supplied by Aviation Heritage Lincolnshire, which is sponsoring the aviation category at the awards.

The school is hoping to repeat it’s 2011 success when a film about Year 6 school leavers won a LAFTA.

Bill Thompson, a media trainer from The Young Journalist Academy, helped pupils develop their filming skills.

He said:“From the start, they’ve been very focused and the acting has been fantastic.”

Judges will decide which films

make October’s LAFTAs Film Awards ceremony in the summer holiday.

Now in its seventh year, the event continues its partnership with Warner Bros UK and Disney.

The film can be seen at