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Weekly Edition - Publication date:- 2017-15-07

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Liverpool pupils win overall anti smoking film awards at Curzon Soho

12 students from Academy of St Francis of Assisi won the overall National Cut Films Award 2017 for their film:- 'Tar Noire'. The awards took place at the Curzon Soho on Friday, 7 July 2017.   The Overall Judges' Choice Award was presented by BAFTA and Golden Globe nominated director, Oliver Parker.  The students also won the 12 to 15 Age Category Award, which was presented to them by Liverpool actor, Kieron Bimpson.  4music presenter Jimmy Hill hosted the award ceremony at the Curzon Soho.

The competition run by Cut Films (the education and prevention arm of Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation) asks young people across the UK to research smoking and tobacco. They then make a 2 minute advert to persuade their friends not to smoke, upload it to the Cut Films competition website and share it on their social media. It is their take on the issues associated with smoking.

Films made for the competition include issues like lung cancer, peer pressure, death, health impacts, child labour, shisha and tobacco marketing.

Academy of St Francis of Assisi's film 'Tar Noire', won the judges' choice in the National Cut Films competition after an impressive 162 films were submitted from schools, youth projects and individuals from across the UK. The prize was the latest brand new iPads. The film is a satirical take on an anti smoking advert. A very original idea which stood out to judges.

Young filmmaker, Guan Hong Zhao (aged 15) from Academy of St Francis of Assisi said:- "It's been a great day and we are feeling proud but really it doesn't matter who wins, it matters that we stop people from smoking"

Nicola Ousey, Drama teacher at Academy of St Francis of Assisi said:- "Cut Films is a really worthwhile project for any School to get involved in. Students learn a lot about smoking and filmmaking. The students are made up with the win!"

Jimmy Hill, 4music presenter and Cut Films Awards host said:- "I was genuinely blown away by the quality of the films and the passion. It's exciting to see so many young people really engaged with such an important cause. It's a pleasure to be involved"

In total 3 Schools from Liverpool won awards at the National Cut Films Awards 2017:-

Academy of St Francis of Assisi
Overall National Cut Films Judges' Choice Winners 2017
12 to 15 Age Category - Winners

Greenbank College
20 to 25 Age Category - Finalist

Enterprise South Liverpool Academy
16 to 19 Age Category - Finalist


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