Stratford students enjoy clean sweep in national film competition

A Level Film students Katie Jellicoe, Ellie Checketts and Harry Gibbons are pictured with Stratford College A level film lecturer Sarah Downing.

BUDDING film critics from Stratford-upon-Avon College have triumphed in a national film review competition.

Funded by the British Film Institute, Into Film is an educational organisation which promotes the use of film in the teaching of all students.

And for the first time in its Review of the Week history, the first week of September witnessed a clean sweep, with every single winner coming from the Stratford-upon-Avon College’s A Level Film course.

Katie Jellicoe, aged 17 from Solihull, Harry Gibbons, 16 from Stratford, Ellie Checketts, 16 from Birmingham, Eve Flude, 16 from Coventry and Lauren Heath, 16 from Solihull, were all awarded the Review of the Week accolade, with Katie recognised as the official overall winner.

Katie, who wants to work in the film industry, both behind and in front of the camera, is thrilled to have won Review of the Week with her analysis of the film Submarine directed by Richard Ayoade.

Harry reviewed the recently released horror film IT directed by Andrés Muschietti and clearly enjoyed not only the film but the review writing process. “I think I’ve caught the film review bug a little bit. Film criticism is definitely something I’d like to consider in the future,” he said.

For Harry, it has also changed his attitude to film viewing and made him much more aware of the complexities of the film-making process. “The course is great. Whenever I watch a film now, I find myself thinking about why the director has used a particular shot and its effect on different audiences. It really changes the experience of going to see a film for the better.”

The five students’ reviews can all be found on the Into Film website at