Stars of stage and the silver screen

Shawlands Academy
Shawlands Academy

SCHOOL pupils from across Glasgow walked the red carpet last weekend for the Determined to Make Movies awards ceremony.

The Glasgow city council scheme, launched in 2008, is designed to showcase the work of aspiring filmmakers, and this year 21 primary and secondary schools submitted five minute reels.

The theme was partner countries in the Commonwealth, as all Glasgow schools are to be twinned with a country by the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Four southside schools lept at the challenge, with Battlefield primary focusing on Sierra Leone and St Albert’s primary on the Warm Heart of Africa. Shawlands primary presented a film called Yasmin Goes Global, while King’s Park secondary took part with The Commonwealth News.

Shawlands pupil Aisha Asad was crowned best actress/presenter in the primary school category, and the same award for secondary schools went to Lauren Hope, of King’s Park.

Both schools were also named highly commended for their DVD cover designers – at Shawlands, Morgan Lawrie, and at King’s Park, Elizabeth Hamilton.

Shawlands primary were also awarded highly commended in the primary drama category, alongside St Albert’s.

All pupils involved attended a glitzy bash at the Glasgow Film Theatre on Sunday, where the shorts were screened to teachers, family and friends.

Gary Condie, employability and enterprise manager at GCC, said that the young people were to be “praised for their fantastic achievements and reminded of the important team-building skills involved in filmmaking, and the advantages of developing new communication skills in a culture where screen industries are becoming more and more important”.

And from the silver screen to the stage, as Shawlands Academy pupils claimed their five minutes of fame this week at the annual school show.

The budding young actors staged a two night production of Doctor Hugh, written and directed by drama teacher Chris McLean and music teacher Alison Gemmel.

The musical followed Doctor Hugh (the brother of that other famous time traveller) in his bid to save the world and Princess Marita from a mystery threat.

After a successful run on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, it seems that planet earth was saved from the brink of catastrophe, and drama teacher Kirstie Cowan praised the “great work and commitment shown by pupils and staff alike”.