War film wins Aylesbury students prestigious award

A still from Boy Soldiers
A still from Boy Soldiers
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Students at Aylesbury’s Pauline Quirke Academy have celebrated winning two top film prizes at the Limelight Awards in London.

Boy Soldiers, a short film set in First World War developed and produced by children aged 11 to 14 at the academy, won best school production and best overall film, winning them a £10,000 cheque.

The film is about a schoolboy who is transported back to the trenches of Passchendaele where he experiences what it was like to be a WWI boy soldier.

Academy principal Kym Eden said:”This is the result of an incredible amount of hard work by the students.

“They began work on this project in early 2012, developing a film around how young boys in 1914 lied about their ages to be able to fight in World War One.

“Shockingly, the youngest boy to die was 12, the same age as the students taking part in the film.

“The children truly deserve their success.

“I am very proud of them and we are very much looking forward to working on future successful productions.”

The £10,000 prize money will be reinvested into the academy and particularly into further film productions

Ms Eden said: “This money will be an extremely important investment in the future of the academy and will help us continue to make successful films in the future.

“At present we are working on a big production musical which has been scored by one of our team.

“It has been filmed over half term and we will be working on post production over the next few months, ready to launch the film in Autumn 2013.”