House Film 2

Published 29 January 2024

Lights, camera, action – it’s time for House Film 2!

On Thursday 1 February at 6.30pm in the Hall, the Film & Media Department will once again be rolling out the red carpet for students, parents and teachers, as we gather for a very special evening of film premieres and popcorn!

Since September, over 90 St Bart’s students across all year groups have immersed themselves in the world of film to create eight exciting shorts for our viewing. House teams have been challenged to  produce a Junior and Senior entry, with Year 10 supporting students from Years 7-9 (Junior category) and Year 13 leading a team of Year 12s and 11s (Senior category).

This has involved students turning their hand to script-writing, acting, camerawork, lighting, sound, set, costume, hair and make-up. BartholoNews spoke to just some of the students involved…

Jenny and Laura (Year 12: Patterson Senior); “Our entry is ‘Night Owl’ – A masked killer follows their victim to a suburban home but what will happen when their paths cross?!. So much work and time has gone into our entry. We’ve been directing and focused on post production and it has required a high amount of planning and organising. It’s worth it though, as it is such a creative opportunity to be able to be in complete control of your project. We just know it will be the most rewarding experience to watch our film on the big screen. We want to thank Mr Evans for all his technical support, Mr Roberts for organising everything and Mr Keetch for moral support!

Elizabeth and Ellie (Year 10: Curnock Junior); “Our entry is ‘The Heist’ – Four House heroes come together to steal what is rightfully theirs – get ready for a heist to remember. We got involved in the first ever House Film as actors last year and we just loved it! Now we are back and directing. Our film is very ambitious and we have a big team, which brings its own challenges. We really enjoyed the casting and the school have been so brilliant with all our requests – they even let us blackout a whole block after school and film on the roof! House Film is a lot of work but if we win it will be so worth it!

The films will be judged by two St Bart’s Alumni: Reece Broughton, Studio Production Manager at Pinewood Group Limited and Holly Choules, a multi-skilled operator working with Zest4.tv, the production company. The stakes are high, as the winners and runners-up will be rewarded with their own film screened at Newbury Vue on 27 February, whilst the winning Y13 and Y10 House Film Captains will also get 3-month free subscription to MUBI, an art-house film streaming platform.

Last year, Davis were crowned the first ever St Bart’s House Film champions. Will they do the double? Or will the crown pass to Curnock, Evers or Patterson? We can’t wait for this particular twist in the plot!

Don’t forget to book your tickets – just £1.50 and now available on Parent Pay.