Morpeth’s green film strikes Olympic gold with Chariots of Fire’s Lord Puttnam

Schoolkids in London’s East End have struck Olympic ‘gold’ in a national film-making competition.

Their ‘ Go Green’ flick which tells the story of an adventurous run through the streets of London made a killing with a panel of top judges led by Lord Puttnam, creator of Chariots of Fire and The Killing Fields.

The pupils at Bethnal Green’s Morpeth Secondary have been awarded a young film-makers’ trophy in the BT ‘Big Voice’ contest for 11 to 19-year-olds, inspired by the 2012 Olympics.

They had technical and production help from film and TV students at Central St Martin’s College of Arts who were also awarded a trophy.

The competition for schools up and down the country was aimed around youngsters’ views on social issues, including protecting the environment which Morpeth chose, as well as bullying, racism and anti-social behaviour. The films have since been screened in London, Bristol, Leeds and Aberdeen.

On the judging panel with Lord Puttnam were fellow film-maker Jonathan Cavendish, actress Julia Deakin, writer Stewart Sugg, Cultural Olympiad director Ruth Mackenzie, Government communication champion Jean Gross, Children’s Commissioner Shaila Sheikh and BT’s Suzi Williams.