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5th November 2020

A Level Film Studies student, Dylan Best recently had the chance to screen his film, 'The Wisdom Giving Onion', inside the replica of an iconic Stoke-on-Trent cinema.

'The Wisdom Giving Onion', a nightmarish fairytale that highlights the healing properties of art and nature in a bitterly cold autumn was premiered in a replica of the original Hanley ABC Cinema, which was created by Cinema Theatre Association Member and cinema lover, Andy Jones in the garden of his home in Blurton. The cinema boasts a 17ft x 7ft cinema screen and a 34-seat cinema auditorium. Friends and family joined Dylan for the film screening, which was painstakingly written, filmed and edited whilst Dylan was studying at Newcastle College.

Talented Dylan's final day in Film Studies was on 20th March 2020, just as the country went into lockdown and unfortunately, he did not get the opportunity to showcase his film as planned at the annual NSCG Art Exhibition. Dylan, like so many of his peers had his ending stolen, and his screening of 'The Wisdom Giving Onion', proved to be the opportunity to mark a new chapter in his life before going on to study a BA (Hons) Film and Art History at The University of Manchester.

Verica Travar-Williams, Curriculum Leader for A Level Film Studies was proud to represent Newcastle College at the screening and said,"It was a real honour to attend the film screening and it was a very emotional evening. Beautifully filmed and rich in poetic lyricism, Dylan's film was very moving and powerful. Dylan's parents wanted to give him the critical accolade and send-off he deserved to showcase his wonderful filmmaking talents. He is an exceptionally talented and gifted film student, and we wish him lots of luck in his studies and in his future career."

His mother, Zoe Best, who designed the film posted added, "As Dylan's parents, we wanted him to have his rite of passage and have his film premier. We are beyond proud of him and wanted him to have the opportunity to shine in the absence of having the premiere at college."

Dylan’s film can be watched on the film studies Vimeo film channel, celebrating the best of filmmaking at NSCG.



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