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 BLC Students become stars of the Silver Screen

Anti Bullying Week was launched with full style and razzmatazz at Brownhill Learning Community on Monday 16th November. Students gathered from the Heights Lane and Darnhill Centres to watch the films they had produced on the big screen.


Throughout September and October 8 classes worked with the BLC Youth Team to produce 10 films focussing on the issue of bullying. The students initially defined bullying, then turned their ideas into a series of fictional films based on their own experiences and knowledge. They wrote the stories, directed, filmed and acted the films themselves, it was an entirely young person led project.


The resulting films are sometimes humorous, sometimes emotional, but always very honest and real. For some of the students it was a bit cringey to see themselves in such massive detail, but mainly, as student  Nathan Worrell, said “This has been a once in a lifetime experience, we’ll never see ourselves on the cinema screen again.”


It was a great bit of partnership work with Odeon Rochdale, who gifted the screen and a bag of popcorn for each young person. Their manager Kenny …… said "Its been fun to host the BLC and a good cause to support. This is part of our new approach for the community to see the cinema as a resource and to build closer links with schools and community groups.”


The students will be working on anti bullying themes all week throughout school, but the cinema trip definitely got everyone focussed. Kane Whitelock said, “Its been good fun learning how to make these films, way better than normal school.”


Click here to see the films in full.