Student’s premier screening

Angus Bentham
Angus Bentham

A WIGAN student has been working with a prestigious film academy and will have his work showcased at an exclusive screening.

Angus Bentham, of Garswood, was one of only 15 lucky teenagers to be accepted onto the project at Cornerhouse BFI Academy to be given training over two months, covering the history of film and development of world and British cinema, programming, promotion and certification, and practical filmmaking.

As part of the scheme, the 18-year-old worked with professional film makers and produced a five-minute piece – Fall – about a man’s emotional struggle after a traumatic event and his offering will be unveiled at the Cornerhouse cinema, in Manchester, tomorrow evening (Tuesday, December 3).

Angus, who is studying art foundation at Winstanley College, said: “We worked with professional film makers who taught us methods of sound recording and we came away with information about making a high quality short film and applying it hands on.

“We all took turns at performing different roles, such as directing and camera work and we learnt a lot.

“I shot the film in one week, with three to four days of research in preparation.

“I have just finished editing and then it will be shown tomorrow.

“It has been a really good opportunity and a really valuable course.

“It feels like the beginning of something, as I have got lots of new technical knowledge.

“I was actually quite lucky to be on the course as I originally didn’t get through.

“But someone dropped out and I got their place and became a large participating member.”

“It is really exciting to be involved in this project and to watch the big screening.

“My film will be sent to a few festivals, including one in Poland, which will be really good.”

Cornerhouse’s head of engagement, Marisa Draper, said: “Cornerhouse aims to offer the best possible talent development and training opportunities for any young person wanting to go into a career in film or TV, giving participants a taste of the contemporary film and TV industry.

“Our graduates become part of a growing British Film Institute (BFI) Academies network, and are given further opportunities for training and development through events, networking and a developing alumni programme.”