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BFI Film Academy

Xaverian Film Studies students Poppy Ellison, Darla Timewell, Caitlin Wilde and Dylan Greenhalgh secured places on the highly prestigious BFI Film Academy which accepts only 16 young people every year. The course is run from Home – Manchester’s multi-million pound Arts Centre, the patron of whom is Danny Boyle – director of Trainspotting and Slumdog Millionaire.

The course is run by film industry professionals and over the last couple of month’s our students have learnt to write, shoot, direct and edit a professional short film.

In fact, the finished film – Mrs. Relik – was so well-received that it is now screening before every showing of The Lighthouse at Home Cinema! Curriculum Leader for Film Studies Phil Drinkwater attended one of these screenings and was extremely happy to report a fantastic reaction from the audience.

Many Xaverian Film students have been accepted onto the course in previous years, including Meltem Yacin who was even offered a job working on the last Star Wars film after her successful time there.

Mr. Drinkwater has praised our student’s motivation and talent – “Each of these student’s are highly focused and passionate about Film. Their enthusiasm for the subject shines through in every single lesson. They’ve already shown they have the drive and knowledge to pursue a career in this industry and I hope their place on the BFI Film Academy allows them a step closer to their dreams.”

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