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We are very pleased to announce that The Search is the winner of September 2018's Film of the Month competition. Made by a group of girls from The Meadows Primary school in Ketley, the film is a celebration of Vote 100, which marks 100 years since women first gained the right to vote.
The Search (Engaging for 7+), celebrates the centenary of some of first women gaining the right to vote in the UK. This brilliant and comedic silent film sees a group of young women, fed up with being undermined and ignored, protesting for their rights after a series of events - including a tense cricket match between a team of women and men.
Loved it! Cracking performances all round ensured the laughs kept coming. Engaging story and neatly tied into the Representation of the People Act centenary.Film of the Month judge on 'The Search'
We got in touch with the filmmakers to find out more about The Search.
We are thrilled at winning Film of the Month, it's a great achievement for us.
We got the idea from watching silent movies starring Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin and Harold Lloyd and seeing how women were portrayed in these films. Buster Keaton in The Electric House and Cops, Charlie Chaplin in The Rink.
With a prayer and a lot of swapping moustaches with each other. It was a very hot day and they were really itchy.
It's important to remember Vote 100 because this changed women's lives and the way we are looked at now.
The Buster Keaton films because of the comedy, because we wanted to make our film funny and get an important message across.
There were no boys in the making of this film, so we think we worked a bit better as a team. We had a whole day out of class and we had fun. The rounders scenes with the falling over were fun.
You need to have a story and a set plan to follow. You've got to show commitment and be prepared to work hard and believe in what you're doing.
The Search will now be showcased to over 300,000 film club members online and all of this month's films can be seen on our YouTube channel. The filmmakers have also won a £100 Amazon voucher and a DVD! If you've been inspired by this month's winner, find out more about how you can enter our ongoing Film of the Month competition.
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