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wildcats star as extras in film production in oakham

A graduation film from The National Film and Television School titled "SWEET MADDIE STONE” was shot on location in Rutland at Oakham Enterprise Park last week using the disused prison and a few surrounding areas, transforming the building into a secondary school.  Students from Wildcats Theatre School and Post 16 Academy took part in the film as extras, some also gaining speaking parts.

The film revolves around a 15-year-old schoolgirl who desperately sells sweets in the hope of raising enough money for her fathers bail, inadvertently losing herself and becoming the man she is trying to release along the way.  The film will was shot from 22nd to 26th July in the old Ashwell Prison at Oakham Enterprise Park, Rutland.  NFTS films are entered in to international film festivals and have won some prestigious prizes. Last year included a BAFTA award and an OSCAR nomination as well as a nomination at the renowned CANNES film festival in France. 

Kelly-Ann Gordon, Artist Director for Wildcats said ‘These opportunities are fantastic for our students as they give them the chance to undertake real life work experience in the industry.  The commitment and professionalism shown by all those taking part was outstanding - Wildcats prides itself on not only offering the lessons in performing arts but also great opportunities such as this.  We would like to thank the National Film and Television School for giving our students this fabulous experience and we look forward to seeing the finished film’.

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