Director of Gravity movie sees Barnes youngsters' film debut

Richmond and Twickenham Times: Barnes film academy at Olympic cinema in Barnes. Picture: Jamie Lucas Barnes film academy at Olympic cinema in Barnes. Picture: Jamie Lucas

The director of new film Gravity was among viewers who watched the debut screening of a film made entirely by children at the Olympic Cinema in Barnes.

The newly opened cinema, a former recording studios, was the setting for the premiere of Barnes Film Academy’s The Naughty Step on Sunday, December 1.

The film academy, headed by the Harrodian School’s head of media Sam Cullis, runs weekly film camps for kids, to script shoot and edit their own movie.

The short horror film made by, and starring, students of the academy follows their previous cinematic success Big Trouble in Little Barnes, which made its debut at Hampton Court Palace in the summer.

Mr Cullis said: “The youngsters had a great time making this film and I am happy that we obtained yet again such a great venue to showcase their efforts.”

Thyra Goldsmith, 11, said: “It was educational, fun and experimental. “I learnt how to use all sorts of professional equipment and what makes a film really scary.”

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