‘Reel’ fun on film for Magherafelt pupils

Photo by Aaron McCracken/Harrisons
Photo by Aaron McCracken/Harrisons

SOUTH Derry pupils are involved in a ground-breaking film project, part of the International Fund For Ireland’s Sharing in Education programme.

Pupils taking part in ‘Reel Frontiers’ are from St Mary’s Grammar School, St Pius X College, Rainey Endowed, Magherafelt High School and Sperrin Integrated College. This is year two of the ground breaking film project aimed at young people, aged 11-13, across Northern Ireland and it was officially launched in Magherafelt High School.

The film making project, which began in Sept 2011, has brought together pupils from Catholic and Protestant backgrounds to work together, learn about film making and production, share experiences and make new friends.

Magherafelt High School hosted pupils from St Mary’s Grammar School, St Pius X College, The Rainey Endowed, and Sperrin Integrated College and the Cinemagic programme of activity included an interactive discussion led by representatives from Beyond Skin, an organisation that aims to assist in the building and development of cultural relations in Northern Ireland, and the screening of Macropolis, a new animated film from Joel Simon, Flickerpix, and Rabbit-Proof Fence, both examining the themes of identity and prejudice.

The schools involved have been working in partnership with each other throughout the academic year and last June, the first short films were created, over the course of a week, at a residential film camp at Lorne House, Holywood.