“Long Road Sixth Form College entered a group of us for the competition, and we were given free tickets to see three films. We then had to write 250-word reviews and submit them within 24 hours. I reviewed George Washington, Dead Cat and The Strange Little Cat, and I also wrote a review of the French film which opened the festival, Avant que de tout perdre (Just Before Losing Everything).”
Abigail was one of six short-listed students invited to the final evening of the Festival, which was hosted by the BFI (British Film Institute) – Long Road Film student Rory Greener was also short-listed . “I was really happy to be announced as the winner and to receive a Ipad mini from John Lewis. John Lewis sponsored the event and used one of their shop windows to promote it. They used one of my reviews in the display, which was great!”
Abigail and Rory are now both taking part in the regional BFI Film Academy workshop. Barney Oram, Film Studies Course Team Leader, explains: “The Cambridge Film Consortium, in which Long Road is an active partner, was selected to be one of 24 BFI Film Academy partners across the country. Our association with the Consortium has already provided our students with varied film making opportunities in the past few years, and this is an excellent further development. Abigail has already shown her ability as a film critic, not just in the Young Critics Award, but also in Media Magazine, for which she has written an article.”
Barney adds: “I would also like to congratulate Rory Greener, who was highly commended, and Hannah Rideout, Tegan Wallace, Charlie Davis and Josh Flowers, who also took part in the Young Critics award.
Tanya Jones, Deputy Department Manager Visual Arts, comments: “This is a fantastic achievement by Abigail, and by our other participating students, and an endorsement of the way our Film Studies A level course works in partnership with the Cambridge Film Consortium to develop the skills and interests of our students.”