Movie maker Sam wins film academy place

The winners at the London film festival. Sam is standing, second from left.''Picture by Jon Furniss PNL-151123-130731001

The winners at the London film festival. Sam is standing, second from left.''Picture by Jon Furniss PNL-151123-130731001

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A young Maulden man landed his dream summer work experience role, winning a place at the highly sought-after BFI Film Academy, where he was mentored by experts from the BFI and the producer of smash hit film Suffragette.

Picked as one of 24 winning applicants out of thousands of hopefuls, Sam Thorton received expert training on every aspect of film creation.

Sam, aged 22, attended a seven-day residential course with the BFI Film Academy, which included two days of movie masterclasses from BFI experts and leading British producer, Alison Owen.

The 24 winners were then split into teams to create three short films, which were unveiled at a special screening of Suffragette during the BFI London Film Festival.

The BFI teamed up with GoThinkBig, a work experience initiative launched by O2, to offer young people across the country this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Sam said: “The opportunity to learn in a substantial role with amazing support was a great opportunity.”