Film success for former National head girl

30 January 2019

We always love to hear from former students, especially when they have fabulous news – such a story came to us recently that we wanted to share.

Frances Farrell-Oscroft, a former head girl of National who left us in 2017, is in her final year at the Northern Film School. For her graduation film, alongside a group of talented other filmmakers, she is putting a story into production as a film that was originally penned when she was a sixth form student.

Frances says, “The film is called ‘Stains’ and was a short story written as part of my English language coursework in sixth form. It has now evolved into a bigger story, and I pitched the script back in September to be chosen as the final slate of films to be made, and it won the student’s vote!”

The film is a psychological drama following 65 year old Morris, who must face his past and mother while dealing with foul residents in his precious village.

She continues, “It is one of about 14 films being made. My role is the director of photography and we have a full student film crew attached – I am so excited to come almost full circle, as the short story got full marks, it got me in to the film school, and now it is finally getting life breathed into it.”

We can’t wait to see the final film which is currently in progress. Frances and the team have managed to achieve their crowdfunding goal to ensure everything goes ahead! A very exciting development, all starting in the classrooms at National – well done Frances from all at the academy.

To find out more about the film or to pledge towards the ongoing crowdfunding, visit:

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