Thursday, 16 September 2021

Oscar statue at schools film awards ceremony

A REAL Oscar made a special appearance at a film awards ceremony at a Henley school.

A REAL Oscar made a special appearance at a film awards ceremony at a Henley school.

Phoebe Ackland-Snow, 11, took along the statuette to show her fellow pupils at Rupert House School.

The Oscar was won by her grandfather Brian Ackland-Snow for art direction on

A Room With A View
at the 1986 Academy Awards.

The school ceremony was to premiere two films made by groups of year six pupils as part of Rupert House’s film club.



About 100 children from years two to five, as well as those in year six, and about 30 parents and staff watched the 15-minute films.

One was called

The Trick That Didn’t Work
and was about a man who tried to kill his wife with the help of a magician.

The other was entitled

The Super Heroines of Rupert House and the Magic School Bell.
This was about a group of girls who rescue their teacher using magic powers after she has been kidnapped by an evil lord and lady.

The films were made last summer and were edited with help of film student Henry Betts. Before the screenings each pupil involved in making the films paraded in pairs in their best dresses to applause, as if they were on the red carpet in Los Angeles.

Emma Lerche-Thomsen, a volunteer who has organised the film club for the last 12 years, said: “This year’s films were some of the best I have seen.

“I am retiring from my role at film club this year and I have to give it to all the girls I have taught. There must be well over 200 who have hopefully benefited in some way by exploring film and the creative arts. If even one girl has become genuinely interested in the industry then I feel like I have done my job.” Alana Dickinson, head of English at Rupert House, thanked Mrs Lerche-Thomsen, who was given a bouquet of flowers.

Sophie van Brugen, a former pupil at the school, was the guest speaker at the event and presented the awards. She spoke about her time working at the Oscars for the BBC and interviewing stars such as One Direction and Justin Bieber.

Mrs Van Brugen, 35, from Dunsden, said: “I was so impressed with all the acting in the films â?? we have got some potential Hollywood stars in the room.”



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