Film festival is just the ticket for North Devon youngsters

Hundreds of pupils enjoy films for free at Barnstaple cinema

HUNDREDS of North Devon schoolchildren enjoyed free trips to the cinema during National Schools Film Week.

More than 900 primary school pupils from Our Lady’s, Pilton Bluecoats, Bratton Fleming and Instow, as well as students at Petroc, took over the main auditorium at Barnstaple’s Central Cinema during day-time showings from Monday, October 18 to Friday 22.

Gill Rutherford, manager of the Central Cinema, said: “It’s been great to see the children’s faces when they arrive at the cinema. Some have never had the chance to watch a film on the big screen before.”

Nick Walker, director of National Schools Film Week, said that 2,800 free screenings were shown at 570 cinemas across the UK during the festival’s 15th anniversary year.

It is estimated that more than 400,000 students and teachers were able to watch hit movies including Toy Story 2 and Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang.

“We hope that teachers and students feel engaged in the festival and realise that attending a NSFW screening is far more than a nice trip to the cinema,” he said.

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The festival, produced by the charity, Film Education, aims to support classroom teaching through the cinema.

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