Special screening by Bideford Film Society

BIDEFORD Film Society is to screen a rather remarkable film on Friday and Saturday. It is an adaptation of Thomas Hardy s novel Far from the Madding Crowd. What is remarkable about the film is that it has been produced by the staff and pupils of a second

BIDEFORD Film Society is to screen a rather remarkable film on Friday and Saturday. It is an adaptation of Thomas Hardy's novel Far from the Madding

Crowd.

What is remarkable about the film is that it has been produced by the staff

and pupils of a secondary school - The Gryphon School in Sherborne, Dorset - on nothing more than a shoestring budget.


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Members of the cast and production team from The Gryphon School will be

attending the Friday evening showing of the film at Bideford College as the Film Society's guests, and will take part in a question and answer session at the end of the film.

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The film's producer, director and Head of Drama at The Gryphon School Rosita Clarke said: "Once the initial idea was born, to make a feature film, there was never going to be any turning back and although a year in production, Far from the Madding Crowd was made, driven by my passion for film, a determination to create something to be proud of and the enthusiastic support of a talented and fully committed cast of young people."

Roy Williams, chairman of the Bideford Film Society, said: "It is the Film Society's hope that with the abundance of superb locations in North Devon coupled with the increasing availability and lower cost of equipment for making such productions, local groups and individuals will feel inspired by the work of The Gryphon School to have a go themselves in the knowledge that support is available locally for promoting and showcasing their work.

"We are most grateful to The Durrant House Hotel for their support as principal sponsors of this event."

Matt Biggs, of Artaura Productions and European award winning film maker who is based in North Devon and currently directing two period dramas said: "I believe this film is an astonishing achievement. It's a great example of what can be achieved when a group of young people are dedicated to a project".

Tickets for the Friday and Saturday evening screenings can be obtained from

7.00pm onwards at Bideford College Theatre when the doors open. The film

commences at 7.30pm on both evenings.

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