Special guest joins junior film-makers

FILM FANS: Hannah with the children. (8547592)

FILM FANS: Hannah with the children. (8547594)

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A FILM celebrating the centenary of Dylan Thomas’s birth was premiered at Cleddau Reach primary school this month – with a very special guest in the audience.

Thomas’ granddaughter Hannah Ellis was one of several people interviewed by Year 5 and 6 pupils as part of a documentary they have made celebrating the centenary of her grandfather.

As well as starring in ‘A Sense of Place: finding poetry in our own community’, Hannah also attended the premiere on July 11.

The audience enjoyed watching not just the documentary, but also the full interviews, plus photographs of the children out and about on location.

While making the film, some of the pupils visited and filmed in Laugharne and were lucky enough to go inside Thomas’s famous writing shed.

The children spoke about their experiences of film making, and afterwards interviewed Hannah on stage, asking questions ranging from how she has learnt about her grandfather, to what her favourite works of his are, and the most famous person she has met – with Tom Jones receiving the most gasps from the children.

Speaking after the premiere, Hannah said: “I really enjoyed the film and the way the children have been inspired by my grandfather’s work to look at their own village.

“They have highlighted many similarities between Laugharne and Llangwm and I’m sure if my grandfather were alive today he would have loved the film and been inspired by what he saw.”

The school is hoping to enter the film into a number of educational film festivals taking place across the UK later this year, with children looking forward to the school's film club in September.

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