Rising Aylesbury filmmakers impress

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Aspiring actors and filmmakers from the Pauline Quirke Academy of Performing Arts in Aylesbury had their work shown at the Empire Cinema in London’s Leicester Square.

It was judged against films by the other 45 academies and the Vale youngsters left with four awards,

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Students at the Pauline Quirke Academy receive training every Saturday in film and television alongside modules in musical theatre, comedy and drama.

Students worked for many months writing, shooting, acting and editing their short films for the competition.

Entries were judged by a host of industry professionals including actors, film producers and TV directors as well as representatives from both the academy and Empire Cinemas.

“The quality of these films is simply outstanding,” said Pauline Quirke.

“The students have worked incredibly hard on these projects and it’s so exciting to see how they’ve used the techniques of television and film to tell some brilliant stories.”

Kym Eden, principal of the Aylesbury academy, said, “I’m incredibly proud of what the students here have achieved.

“Everyone had enormous fun making the short films and for their hard work to be recognised and shown at the best and most famous cinema in the country is simply amazing.

“Everyone had an amazing day at the film festival and it was a truly unforgettable experience.

“I was particularly pleased that we won four awards at this event, including best film for Boy Soldiers (pictured).”