Burntisland school film wins top award

The award presented to Burntisland Primary
The award presented to Burntisland Primary
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PUPILS, teachers and parents at Burntisland Primary School have been celebrating their amazing win in a national film award competition.

The film ‘Granny Mac’s Meringues’ beat off the other entrants to become the winning film from the under 11s category at the First Light Awards in London.

Children, from left, Eoin Devlin, Alex Briggs, Emily Lauchlan, Abbie Quin, Blair Petrie, Ellie Thomson. Adults, from left, Liz Whatmore (Producer), Chas Whatmore (Docu Maker), Dot Rossborough (Co-Producer).

Children, from left, Eoin Devlin, Alex Briggs, Emily Lauchlan, Abbie Quin, Blair Petrie, Ellie Thomson. Adults, from left, Liz Whatmore (Producer), Chas Whatmore (Docu Maker), Dot Rossborough (Co-Producer).

At a star-studded ceremony the judging panel was made up of Jason Isaacs - Lucius Malfoy from the Harry Potter films, actress MyAnna Buring who stars in the ‘Twilight’ saga, director David Yates and actress Talulah Riley who chose Burntisland’s film.

Brilliant

MyAnna Buring said: “Brilliant! This had it all.

‘‘Love the live action sequence leading onto the animated characters. The characters were well structured and clear and the voice over performances were very committed and funny!

“The animation was really well executed. A lot of work went into this and it showed. Well done everyone!”

Teacher Liz Whatmore who accompanied six pupils on the trip, said: “It was a long day but it was so exciting.

“We caught the early flight to London and in the morning we had a look at Buckingham Palace, went on the London Eye and squeezed in some shopping.”

Then it was on to the awards ceremony itself, hosted by Fife’s very own Edith Bowman, where the children were able to mingle with the stars.

“They were very excited to see Michael Moon from Eastenders!” said Liz.

Burst into tears

When Burntisland’s name was read out as a winner Liz says there was much excitement: “I leapt into the air and burst into tears!

“Blair Petrie made an amazing speech then after the children were being photographed and interviewed. It was so exciting.”

After celebratory milkshakes the group flew home tired but happy.

Liz said: “The reaction has been astonishing.

“For a group of eight-year-olds from a small town in Fife to go down to London and win an award is just amazing.

“It’s put Burntisland on the map.”