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Filmclub offers young writers the chance to become film critics

PUBLISHED: 16:01 19 February 2013 | UPDATED: 16:07 19 February 2013

The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games


From Harry Potter and the Hunger Games to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Matilda, many of the world’s best loved children’s books have been adapted into great films.

To mark World Book Day next month, the EDP has teamed up with the education charity Filmclub to ask its young readers to review a film that started out as a book.

The two best ones will win a popcorn maker and DVD and, along with some of our other favourites, could be published in the EDP or on the EDP24 website.

The competition is aimed at young people aged seven to 18 and prizes will be awarded in two age categories – seven to 11 and 12 to 18.

Michael Sheen, Filmclub patron and star of the Twilight series of films said: “When you’re writing about film, you’re never wrong. It doesn’t matter whether you liked the film, or hated it, preferred some characters to others or analysed it scene-by-scene – we want to hear your thoughts. So please get reviewing and make your own voice heard.”

Filmclub, whose other patrons include actress Emma Thompson and filmmaker Mike Leigh, is an education charity that helps parents, teachers and pupils set up film clubs for young people to watch, discuss and review films from across the world and over 100 years of cinema.

State schools can join for free and many across Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire are already involved.

Wallis Eates, Filmclub schools manager and former co-ordinator for Norfolk, said: “Encouraging young people to review films can be a novel and engaging way to increase literacy, improve critical analysis and develop confidence and communication skills. Members say they enjoy expressing their opinions and seeing their work published on the website. Eighty per cent of teachers running clubs say regularly writing reviews has boosted children’s critical skills and over half say it has improved their reading and writing.”

At Wymondham College, the school’s film club has proved incredibly popular.

Anthony Edwards, head of media at the academy, said: “Wym Film Club has a massive membership and the students enjoy watching range of educational as well as purely entertaining films. My teaching capacity kicks in as I get them to craft on-line film reviews.

“They love the kudos of being published and read – and quite a few of them have enjoyed receiving a prize for a winning review in the past.”

To enter our competition just select a film that started out as a book, write your review and send it to with EDP and Norwich Evening News/ Filmclub review writing competition in the subject box. Make sure you include your name, age, and the name and address of your school.

Reviews can be up to 250 words and must be submitted by Friday, March 1 to be entered into the competition. Winners will be announced on March 7, World Book Day.

Interested in setting up a free film club in your school? Visit

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