BY Martin Dunlop | April 20 | comments icon 1 COMMENT     print icon print


Tackling sectarianism onscreen

Cardinal Newman High School pupils take part in film project backed by First Minister

Senior pupils from two Bellshill secondary schools last month completed the production of a film highlighting the scourge of sectarianism, which will be launched later this year by First Minister Alex Salmond.

In addition to producing the film, the pupils also took their message to some of Scotland’s top legal professionals at an anti-hate crime conference.

In October 2011, Regional Procurator Fiscal Ruth McQuade contacted the headteachers of Cardinal Newman High School and Bellshill Academy, Isabelle Boyd and Anne Munro respectively, to discuss her plans for an anti-hate crime project that both schools could participate in.

Ms McQuade subsequently met pupils from both schools and discussed with them some of the main issues currently facing young people in west and central Scotland.

A decision was made by the group to work on a project focusing on the problems brought to society by sectarian behaviour, with the pupils agreeing to meet every week at Bellshill’s Learning Centre, under the supervision of Willie Davidson, head of the centre, to create a script for a short film that would eventually be shown in schools around the country.

The youngsters completed work on the script at the beginning of this year and then had the opportunity to work with the team at Lenshead film school, who edited the script and made sure its production turned out as professional as possible.

Joseph McAulay, a fifth year pupil from Cardinal Newman, landed the main part in the film, with his fellow students, Laura Robertson, Clare Mitchell and Connor Bradley also achieved supporting roles in the production.

The film was shot over the weekend of March 16-18 and is scheduled to be premiered in June by First Minister Alex Salmond.


Comments - One Response

  1. Marilyn Jupina Kretzu says:

    Willie Davidson has been an inspiration in my life. I am so happy for the work he continues to help others. He is a true soldier in fighting for Peace on Earth.

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