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The Dukeries Academy to be used as a location for a BFI film this summer

Posted by Stephanie Broad | July 09, 2016 | School life

A film funded by the British Film Institute (BFI) is due to be shot over the summer holidays at The Dukeries Academy in New Ollerton. 

The Academy Transformation Trust (ATT) secondary academy is being used a location for a feature film due out in 2017.

As part of this, all year nine students have a chance of being cast in the main role and also as film extras.   

The Devil Outside is being filmed in the local area over the summer break. The production team are in the process of casting speaking roles and extras for classroom and school scenes that will feature The Dukeries over the summer holiday. The producers and director want to involve as many pupils from The Dukeries as possible. 

The Devil Outside is a coming-of-age story about a teenage boy from a sheltered religious background, whose life turns upside down after he finds a body in the woods. It is the second feature film from Hucknall-born writer/director Andrew Hulme, and is being funded by the BFI, the country’s largest public film body.  

Ian Barton, principal, said: “We are delighted to welcome Andrew and his film crew to The Dukeries.

“We were incredibly pleased to be asked to be a location for the film and it is exciting for our pupils to be given the opportunity to audition for and be a part of a feature film.

“We are also grateful to the production company for agreeing to come to the academy in future to speak to pupils about the filming process and careers in the film industry.

“We look forward to the film crew arriving on site and hopefully to a red carpet premiere!”

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