Film industry figures visit Wallace High School

Sixth Form Moving Image Arts students from The Wallace High School were delighted to be joined at the school for a questions and answers session by three prestigious guests from the Northern Ireland Film Industry.

Mrs Katherine Lucas (Head of MIA at The Wallace High School), Vice Principal David Cleland, Holly McGrory, Eddie Berg, Bernard McCloskey, Lalor Roddy and Gareth Greenfield all attended a Moving Image Arts Workshop organised by The Wallace High School recently. As part of the workshop, MIA pupils from Friends were invited to attend.

Actor Lalor Roddy, Eddie Berg, Director of Partnerships at the British Film Institute, and Bernard McCloskey, Head of Education at Northern Ireland Screen dedicated an afternoon in their busy schedule, to answering questions and giving advice, an experience which was enjoyed immensely by all students who attended.

Mr Roddy has featured in many successful films and TV series’ including the Oscar winning film, ‘The Shore’, ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Even Gods’, to name but a few.

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Mr Berg is responsible for commissioning and producing more than 100 projects by artists working in film, video and new media and has curated and organised a wide range of exhibitions, screenings and events across the world.

Mr McCloskey, as Head of Education in Northern Ireland Screen, is a champion of the Moving Image Arts qualification.

He has worked tirelessly to promote film in Northern Ireland and to encourage young people to study and seek employment in the industry.

Katherine Lucas, Head of Moving Image Arts at the school, commented: “This was an extremely beneficial experience for the students as they were given excellent advice from three highly regarded people in the UK film industry.

“We really appreciate them taking the time out to speak to students.”

David Cleland, Vice Principal said: “Creativity is very important in all subjects at Wallace High School.

“Moving Image Arts is a popular subject and we are already seeing former students working in mainstream films and television.

“Cinemagic, Northern Ireland Screen and those involved in the industry are to be commended on how they support the enthusiastic film makers of the future.”