Here in Lincolnshire we have an annual event for schools called The LAFTAS The LAFTAS Film Awards showcases and celebrates the work of pupils in Lincolnshire who have been involved in the art of film making in school.
The patron of the LAFTAS just happens to be Jim Broadbent who I best remember as Mr. Clock in the Borrowers but has more recently been in the Harry Potter films. The LAFTAS have been going for seven years now and each year Jim Broadbent gives up his valuable time to sift through all the films submitted of which there were some 200 for 2014.
Each year number 3's previous school would make short films which would be shown to us parents at the summer concert and each year the films would then be submitted to the LAFTAS. This summer before number 3 left to start his new school he and his classmates had made a short film entitled 'Looking for the BFG' and guess what they made it through to the final three in the 'Special schools and nurture' category. This was a first for his school so as you can imagine the children and teachers and especially the Head were extremely excited about it all.
So last night we had to don our best bib and tucker which meant a new dress for moi new suits for D and number 3 and we did look very smart even if I do say so myself. Didn't get a chance to take family pic so you will just have to trust me on this one. Having never been to this event before we weren't quite sure what to expect but I have to say it was a truly brilliant night.
Now I would like to say we had arrived in style in this stretch limo but then that would be a big fat fib.
We were however greeted by several Storm Troopers
Number 3 got a cuddle off an Ewok (who I have to say has a striking resemblance to me when I'm not dressed in my best and I'm having a bad hair day) and there were two other characters who apparently were from Resident Evil but I wouldn't have known that had I not asked them.
The entertainment was provided by the Boston Youth Jazz Orchestra who were fantastic. The music and the voices of those kids was amazing.
Everything was set out just as it would be at the BAFTAS with all the nominees sitting at round tables in front of the stage. The only downside being that due to the noise number 3 and a couple of his peers had to spend the entire evening with ear defenders on. Note to the organizers not a good idea to put autistic kids on the table right in front of the band......still they had a brilliant night and felt very grown up sitting with their teachers at the big tables whilst all us mums and dads had seats at the back. As you can imagine there was a lot of clapping and cheering involved and I'm sure I am not the only one with sore hands and a little hoarse today.
Number 3's school came runner up in his category but as he said himself to be in the last three was an amazing achievement in itself. Which we thought was very mature of a child with ASD to think especially as it is very true. But I still think their submission was the better one not that I'm at all biased you understand. But in truth all the films submitted were brilliant and it just goes to show the amount of talent out there in Lincolnshire. So far number 3's new school have not taken part in the LAFTAS but since hearing that GHS had got through this year has certainly given number 3's new teacher something to think about. So maybe we will be back to the LAFTAS again before too long and maybe we should re-name number 3 Steven Spielberg.....
Hope you're all coping with the windy weather that seems to be upon us at the moment. I think Autumn has definitely arrived now even if my garden still thinks otherwise.
Have a good week one and all