“The Gunby Sisters” – a ghost tale told by local school children

Earlier this month a group of students from  Burgh-Le-Marsh primary school wrote, filmed, directed and edited a short film about Gunby Hall, inspired by the belief that it is haunted. The film will be submitted to the ‘LAFTAS’, the Lincolnshire film-making competition for primary and secondary schools headed up by Lincolnshire born and bred actor Jim Broadbent.

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“Tell them of us” – a story from the local home front in 1917

Nick_Loven_150A few weeks ago we were sitting in the Redwood Café at Crowders garden centre in Horncastle when a shadow was cast over our table by a very tall man dressed as a World War 1 army officer. Not an everyday experience, but soon explained by the appearance of another fellow carrying a rather professional looking video camera. I recognised him as Nick Loven, a graduate of the former Media Production Department at the University of Lincoln, whose progress I had written about at various times between 2010 and 2013.

It turns out that the film Nick and his crew were making this time was “Tell Them of Us”, the world war one story of one Robert Crowder, whose family have kept a remarkable unpublished archive of documents and photographs. It is told from the home front in Thimbleby and Horncastle and from the perspective of those left behind. Robert Crowder died at Passchendaele in 1917 aged 21.

The film had its Lincoln premiere last weekend at the Collection, but you can still catch it there at screenings this month:  15th Nov 11am & 2pm and 16th Nov 11am & 2pm. It is also being shown in Horncastle, at the Stanhope Hall on November 22 at 7 pm – details here. Continue reading

Local schoolchildren scoop the top film prizes and meet Jim Broadbent

Last night Lincoln born film actor Jim Broadbent,  of Bridget Jones’ Diary, Moulin Rouge! and Iris fame (to name but a few!) proudly presented this year’s LAFTA awards to children from around the county, including notable young film makers from Woodhall Spa and Horncastle.

St Andrews Primary school (Woodhall Spa) scooped the pool with two awards – Best Non Fiction, years 3 & 4, and Best Fiction for “Sats” a true story produced by years 5 & 6. Students from Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Horncastle won the production award. The Awards were presented at Engine Shed in Lincoln on the University of Lincoln’s Brayford Campus.

The LAFTAs Film Awards showcases and celebrates the work of pupils in Lincolnshire who have been involved in the art of film making in school. This year there were more short film and animations than ever before, including for the first time submissions from overseas. The quality of the work produced by the pupils has continued to impress LAFTAs Patron Jim Broadbent, who spoke briefly on camera at last year’s event:

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