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House drama gets five stars from Oscar winning director Tom Hooper

The final day of term saw the screening of the four House Drama short films, judged by the Oscar-winning director of Les Miserables and the King's Speech, Tom Hooper. Ordinarily a stage-based production, this year's special circumstances saw director of drama Mr Whyld adapt the competition into a short film contest, with each house given four weeks to devise, film, and edit ten-minute long features on the theme of 'Alone Together'.

Although prompted by adverse circumstances, the new format encouraged the pupils to think creatively and with ingenuity about how to deliver their stories. As a result, the finished products "far exceeded expectations", according to Mr Whyld, who insists that the pupils "triumphed" in the face of a difficult challenge.  

Mr Whyld was not alone in this praise. Tom Hooper, who whipped out his own Oscar to deliver best film, was thoroughly impressed by the students' efforts, explaining that ‘"directing is all about living on the power of an imagined future" . In the end, St. Bride deservedly won the Best Overall Film award for their Wes Anderson inspired offering, summed up as "spectacular" by Mr Whyld, noting that the composition of their shots, the pace, and the design of the piece displayed professional level sophistication.  

You can watch all of the entries here: Fleet  |  St Bride   |  Tudor   |  Ward