Oct 16 2009 by Clair Fullarton, Kilmarnock Standard
FILM buffs from local schools will attend free screenings at Kilmarnock’s Odeon as part of National Schools Film Week.
The screenings run from Friday, October 30, to Friday, November 6, and include Wall-E, Coraline, Night at the Museum 2, Persepolis, Star Trek, Bolt and the Secret of Moonacre.
National Schools Film Week is now in its 14th year, and has become the world’s largest festival for cinema and young people.
Last year, a record number of children attended screenings, seeing current releases and classics in over 500 cinemas.
The focus of this year’s National Schools Film Week is ‘Creativity and Diversity’, a theme relevant for both primary and secondary school children and one that encompasses some hard-hitting issues faced by the world today.
This year’s programme will feature current and forthcoming films to address topical and challenging issues shown from different perspectives.
Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle, said: “I’m very proud to be a patron of Film Education and National Schools Film Week.
“I think it’s important that people go to the cinema as soon as possible in their lives and keep going.
“We’ll have a much better film industry the more people go to the cinema. More people are now making films about their own country.”
Pupils from St Joseph’s and Stewarton Academies, and Gargieston and Kirkstyle primary schools have already signed up to attend a free screening.
Other schools can find out more and book by calling 0207 292 7300.