The power of film reels in Larne High students

Year 12 pupils Jithin Kuriakose and Lauren Milligan with Laura Carlisle of Cinemagic, Simon Little from Phoenix and Anne Hayes of the Department of the Environment. INLT 43-616-CON
Year 12 pupils Jithin Kuriakose and Lauren Milligan with Laura Carlisle of Cinemagic, Simon Little from Phoenix and Anne Hayes of the Department of the Environment. INLT 43-616-CON

Pupils from Larne High School have taken part in an education outreach event as part of the Coca-Cola Cinemagic International Film and Television Festival for Young People.

This programme of education events, Reel Issues for Youth, is sponsored by Phoenix Gas and aims to bring the power of film, guest speakers and debate to a number of schools throughout Northern Ireland over the next few weeks.

During the visit, a classroom at the school was transformed into a mini-cinema for the day and a film on environmental damage was shown, followed by a presentation by a Department of the Environment representative. This then led to a debate with the children on different views towards how to save the environment, including those adopted by environmentalists, politicians and economists.

Simon Little, Phoenix communications manager, said: “The feedback from staff and pupils at the school was that the event was interesting, engaging and informative.

“We are delighted to be supporting this programme and it was great to see the passion the youngsters showed when it came to discussing the importance of improving the environment around us”.

The Cinemagic Festival is due to kick off on November 16 in Belfast with over 60 workshops, competitions, master classes and many other exciting film-related events.