Davis Win Inaugural House Film

An unsolved murder at the fair, gangsters at an arcade and ghosts at a school sleepover; these are just some of the delights that St Bart’s students had in store for the sell-out crowd at the inaugural House Film on Thursday night.

Since September, over eighty students have been involved in this new House competition, taking on a variety of roles including writing scripts, acting, camerawork, lighting, sound, costume, hair and make-up…some even built a set!

The end result was eight short films, two for each house, with Year 10 (and in one case, Year 11) students acting as House Film Captains, working with students from Years 7-9 (Junior category) and Year 13 students leading a team of Year 12s and 11s (Senior category).

Students, parents and teachers gathered to watch the premiere of the films, with the filmmakers walking a red carpet on arrival and everyone tucking into popcorn. Headteacher, Dr Fitter, kicked off the evening with a welcome speech that noted the incredible efforts the students had gone to.

A series of coursework pieces from Year 13 Media Studies students were shown ‘out of competition’ to whet the audience’s appetite before the Junior and Senior films were screened to a raptourous reception. The films were judged by Omar Soomro, a former St Bartholomew’s student, who has gone on to do camerawork on productions for Netflix and Disney, and Adam Kotz, an actor with major TV and film credits, whose children used to attend the school.

Amid great tension and , the runners-up and winners were announced with Davis’ dark portrayal of a nightmare taking second place in the Junior competition and Patterson’s ‘The Shining’-inspired sleepover gone wrong, taking the trophy. In the Senior competition, the judges praised the artistic vision of the Evers entry and awarded it runner-up but Davis took the win with their murder mystery film: ‘Murder in a House of Mirrors’. The combination of second and first place was enough to mean Davis were crowned the first ever House Film champions.

Head of Social Sciences Faculty, Mr Castel, said: “glamour, excitement, talent and a slightly terrifying insight into the teenage psyche, it had it all.”

Head of the Film and Media department, Mr Evans said: “What an incredible evening!  We are so proud of our students, who have put so much time and effort into this.  The talent on show is unbelievable!”

The films and footage from the awards night are being uploaded over the coming week (with new content daily) to the St Bart’s Film and Media YouTube channel.