Film honouring WWI soldiers wins DIGI award

A poignant film created by Highfields students to honour those who lost their lives in the Battle of the Somme has won an award.

Feargus Flanagan, Jacob Kholi, Rachel Chaza and Giaa Lawrence celebrate their DIGI Award

Feargus Flanagan, Jacob Kholi, Rachel Chaza and Giaa Lawrence celebrate their DIGI Award

Students captured video footage during an emotional trip to the Somme where they got an insight into the sheer scale of devastation of the First World War conflict during visits to the battlefields and cemeteries. The 16 students then edited the film back in school when they returned from their trip as a tribute to those who lost their lives.

The film has now won the Best Short Film KS4 category at the Digital Learning Awards (DIGIs). 

The DIGIs are held annually to celebrate the achievements of learners and teachers in digital film and creative media. Students walked the red carpet for this year’s glittering ceremony at the Grand Theatre before being presented with their prize.

The film has also been entered into a national competition through the Into Film charity organisation, which celebrates the importance of film in education.

English teacher, Mr D.Cooper, who mentored the students, said: “They were up against some pretty stiff competition from other schools but the judges called their film poignant and thought-provoking and commented on their clever use of subtle filmmaking techniques.

“The students wanted to pay their respects and to honour those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

"The result is a fitting contribution to our commemoration of the centenary of the battle."

The Battle of the Somme, which took place between July and November 1916, was one of the largest of the First World War, with more than 1 million casualties.

 

Posted on July 12, 2016 .