Students’ sleuth film to be screened in Leamington

Warwickshire College students during a film shoot for Abscond.
Warwickshire College students during a film shoot for Abscond.
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A film about a rookie cop trying to uncover vigilantes being made by Warwickshire College students is being screened at a Leamington cinema next month.

Abscond is being created by level 2 media students, who are working together to create the movie, which follows the story of Shaun, who discovers that the vigilante group - known as the Syndicate - are leaving behind a large body count in a small town, but he soon finds himself in danger.

Andy Shaw, head of music, media and games art, said: “We hope the film will show off not only what everyone can do, but also help to promote the courses Warwickshire College has to offer because different courses work together to make a fun and creative product.

“We hope that by showing everything that can be done and learnt, it will influence others to apply for one of the many courses the college has to offer.”

Andy also has a part in the film. He added: “It’s a great way to get student working together - they learn to work as a team and how to take responsibility. The level 2 diploma students have been working hard, experiencing the real challenging of casting, scripting and directing.”

Student and film director James Archer said: “I’m always looking forward towards what each day brings with the cast and crew of the film. Ideas alway comes from everyone and we all care about the film so I’m glad to be a part of it.”

Following on from the college’s participation in World Autism Week last month, the students have included autistic characters in the film, with autistic students taking on roles within both the cast and crew.

Natalie Williams, specialist support tutor for autistic spectrum disorder, said: “I am looking forward to seeing the film. Importantly for me they have decided to include characters that are autistic and the cast and crew also include students who are also autistic. If this isn’t raising awareness, I don’t know what is.”

The film will be screened at the Vue Cinema in Leamington on Thursday June 16 at 12pm. As well as the film screening itself, there will be a short feature showing how it was made, with unused clips and backstage interviews. Entry is free.