Young Cumbrian Filmmakers Win Film of the Month

09 Dec 2015 in Film of the Month

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Young Cumbrian Filmmakers Win Film of the Month

Rated 11+ for threat and moderate horror

We are pleased to announce that Spooked, an atmospheric short film made by young people from Moore Arts in Millom, Cumbria has been announced as the winner of November's of Film of the Month competition.

Written and directed by a group of talented young filmmakers - who also star in the film - Spooked is a supernatural thriller set in a museum and showed great use of light to create drama and suspense. The film was created by six talented young people and follows a museum cleaner as he tries to escape an exhibition of Victorian waxwork children who mysteriously come to life. The aspiring filmmakers, aged 9 to 17 were shortlisted alongside seven other entries and took just 5 days to make the film, which was supported by Cumbria Community Foundation.

I really enjoyed this horror/thriller. They worked as one unit and it came off really well with some very nice shots and very good use of what they had to work with.

Frank Horrocks, Into Film Judge

We spoke to 9-year-old filmmaker Louie who said of the group's win: "It feels good I am really excited!" Talking about the history of the project, Louie said "I started the film club with Beggar's in the summer holidays and that was my first time doing films. I have always liked watching films and been into drama, it's hard but it's worth it."

Spooked will now be showcased to over 300,000 film club members online and on the Into Film YouTube channel, and also secured the makers a £100 Amazon voucher plus an Into Film goodie bag. If you've been inspired by November's winner, click here to find out how you can enter our ongoing Film of the Month competition.

If you liked Spooked, why not try these related films:

  • The Innocents (1961, Cert. 12, Suitable for 11+) Victorian chills abound in this tale of a governess who suspects the supernatural when her charges start to behave oddly.
  • Oliver Twist (1948, Cert. U, Suitable for 7+) Classic adaptation of Dickens' famous novel that shows the rougher side of life for children in Victorian times.
  • The Amazing Mr Blunden (1972, Cert. U, Suitable for 11+) When two children move into a ramshackle house where their mother has been employed as a cleaner, they soon come into contact with the former residents- ghosts of children their own age that need their help.
  • The Others (2001, Cert. 12, Suitable for 14+) Very atmospheric thriller about a house kept in perpetual darkness because the children who live there are extremely sensitive to light.

On the theme of Wellbeing, we have also created two list of films that deal effectively with issues around emotional wellbeing, one for Primary and one for Secondary.

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