Marc Evans and Owen Sheers at Filmclub literacy day

Thursday 1 March 2012, 12:14

Laura Chamberlain Laura Chamberlain

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Today not only marks St David's Day in Wales but also World Book Day, the annual celebration of books and reading.

Earlier this week school children from across Wales took part in a literacy and film event, Mission Possible, with Welsh stars Owen Sheers and director Marc Evans at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

Owen Sheers, Leighton Andrews and Marc Evans at Mission Possible

Owen Sheers, Leighton Andrews and Marc Evans at Mission Possible

Organised by education charity Filmclub, children learnt about film and film reviewing from the star guests at the event, who also included writer Grahame Davies and Welsh children's poet laureate Eurig Salisbury.

The pupils who attended, from 13 different schools across the country, enjoyed a free screening of Fantastic Mr Fox, adapted from the novel by Cardiff-born author Roald Dahl, plus workshops in review writing in English and Welsh. The day culminated in a ceremony with awards for some of the students.

Marc Evans' latest film Hunky Dory is released tomorrow, 2 March, and stars Minnie Driver and rising Welsh actor Aneurin Barnard.

Sheers, who is currently immersed in the world of rugby and Six Nations as he is the artist in residence with the Welsh Rugby Union, said, "Watching a diverse selection of films at Filmclub broadens a child's horizons, introducing them to new ideas, cultures and creative influences.

Filmclub members and Owen Sheers in a review writing workshop

Filmclub members and Owen Sheers in a review writing workshop

"Following the film with a written review is a fantastic way to deepen and enhance this experience. When we write we think, and in having to shape a written response to the film the children will be encouraged to develop their own critical abilities, making the film experience as a whole increasingly active rather than passive."

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