‘The next Hitchcock’: Alex’s 9/11 film scores him a trip to the Big Apple

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A Big Apple trip awaits a creative student who made a poignant short film about the 9/11 attacks.

Alexander Brand, who attends Bedford Modern School was a runner-up in the SINCE 9/11 national schools competition.

The aim of the competition was to create a film or essay about the 2001 attacks, in which passenger planes struck the World Trade Centre in New York and the Pentagon.

For his entry Alexander, 14, made a film answering the question ‘how did 9/11 change the world’.

He said: “It is really exciting to have been a runner-up in this competition.

“I really enjoyed making the film and the story of 9/11 interests me a lot, especially the long term effects of the event.

“Even people who were only very young when it happened, like me, want to know more about it.”

As his prize Alexander will visit New York City from September 9 to 13, and will be staying in Wall Street.

He will also have the opportunity to visit the memorial and meet both the mayor of New York and survivors of the 9/11 attacks.

As well as this, Alex will attend a dinner with his family at the US Embassy in London later this month.

Steven Bywater, head of English at Bedford Modern School, said: “Alex responded positively to the task set in English.

“Rather than produce another essay, he decided to create a video. What he has produced is obviously a worthy winner and I wouldn’t be surprised if he now opts for film studies in Year 12 – he certainly has it in him to become the next Hitchcock.”