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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

The LAFTAS 2014



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 


and Batman

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. 


LAFTAs 2014 - Gallery

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

Mx





11 comments:

  1. Sounds like a great night and I'm sure events like that must make everyone proud. Take care.

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    1. There weren't many dry eyes especially when the little primary children went up on stage they looked so small up there.

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  2. Congratulations to your son! What a great achievement and a wonderful project to be involved with. X

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    1. It certainly was and hopefully his new school will now consider taking part his teacher is certainly all fired up about it reading her emails last night. He did a presentation using photo's we'd taken to tell his new class all bout the evening. One thing he does like is the sound of his own voice he must get that from D I think :-)

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  3. What a fabulous event, not only the taking part and making the films but the presentation evening too, definitely something for everyone to look forward to each year. It would be lovely if Number 3's new school started taking part.

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    1. Apparently his teacher is in discussion with those she calls the Management about it as she is all fired up a raring to go. It would be good even if they never get through selection again as it gives the kids so much to focus on.

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  4. Such excitement Mitzi, what a fab evening out !
    Kate x

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    1. It really was. Number 3 described it as a very intense evening....

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  5. What a brilliant event and how great that Number 3 saw it in that way and was so mature. To be in the last three is indeed a fantastic achievement!!!! xx

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    1. He does surprise us with his little pearls of wisdom at times but soon reverts back to being an 11 year old. I can foresee some interesting times ahead as he approaches adolescence.

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  6. What an incredible evening and such a wonderful experience for all! Many, many congrats to your son and his friend.
    One very proud parent memory made!
    Just thrilling, good luck for next year!
    Lisa x

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