Harpenden school makes film for Olympics project

A FILM made by students at a Harpenden school is to be shown to members of the public during the run-up to the 2012 games.

Last year, Sir John Lawes School entered a competition called the BT Big Voice Project, which enabled students throughout the UK to submit film ideas on issues of importance to them and their local communities.

Students from the school, in Manland Way, came up with an idea titled Frank, which tells the story of a young boxer fighting to make his way in the world.

Their idea later made it onto the final shortlist of 36 films to be put into production, thanks to the help of production partners at Bedfordshire University and a �1,000 grant from BT.

Filming took place on location in Birmingham City Boxing Club last month and the final film will go live on city-centre screens in the summer as part of a BT film festival. The film features legendary boxing coach Frank O’Sullivan, who has been an inspirational boxing coach in the Midlands.


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Frank was awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours list for services to amateur boxing.

Mark Ferrar, production technician at Sir John Lawes School, explained: “The students have been very impressed by the care taken in setting up the shots which form the main ingredients for the production.

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“To be that close to such powerful boxers and their legendary coach has been an exhilarating experience and hopefully that has been captured on the film.”

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