A Bangladeshi Folktale (2011)


An old woman prepares to visit her grandchildren, taking plenty of gold coins for the long journey. Exhausted she falls asleep, but is woken sometime later, by an enormous bear!

Suddenly, along comes a rich greedy merchant, who wants paying, to give the old lady a lift on his horse.

What happens next? 

Playwright Alan Spence who wrote the screenplay for the film,  remembers being told this story many years ago by David Shepherd who was a Drama specialist in ILEA (Inner London Education Authority), “I have tried to research the story, but can find nothing about it anywhere”.

Middlesbrough kids up for top movie award by Laura Woodcock: Feb 16 2012.

YOUNG film-makers will be mixing with some of the movie industry’s biggest names after being nominated for a top award.

Children from Ayresome Primary, in Middlesbrough, will be heading to London for the First Light Awards at the British Film Institute. Their film, A Bangladeshi Folktale, has been nominated in the best film by under-11s category.

Made in partnership with Playing For Success and Middlesbrough FC Study Support Centre, the film tells the story of an old woman, a greedy merchant and a bear.

Chris Collins, former assistant manager at the Study Support Centre, said: “The children did all the acting, the voice-overs, helped with filming and made the costumes.

“We were so pleased when we heard it had been nominated for the award. “It will be a fantastic experience for the kids.”

The ceremony will take place on March 5. Judges will include Sam Mendes, Danny Boyle, Harry Potter director David Yates and Twilight actress MyAnna Buring.

Pupil Wahsif Hussain, 11, said: “We are all excited.” Teacher Emma Cooper said: “Making the film has had a really positive impact on the children. I am very proud.”

Sadly the pupils of Ayresome Primary didn’t win the award, but there has been much to celebrate in this unique collaboration of cultures.

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