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Varndean School Proud to Launch BFI Into Film Festival

Varndean School launched the BFI Into Film Festival with `What's the Grey Matter with Gregory?'

As part of the film festival Varndean School was transformed into Abronhill High school for the day on Friday 13th November. 'What's the Grey Matter with Gregory?' represents the biggest collaboration between Cinelive, the BFI and Wellcome Trust to-date and focuses on the science and psychology behind attraction. A series of drama performances and workshops in science and psychology were followed by a screening of the classic film 'Gregory's Girl'.   

Leading up to the event a group of Varndean School students received regular coaching from the CineLive team, who also took part in the performance. Watched by an audience of other schools and colleges, our Year 9s shone in their roles and even had the wonderful opportunity to work with original Gregory's Girl cast member Caroline Guthrie, who played Carol in the film. Ms Guthrie played an honorary and formidable Headteacher!




Our students totally rose to the challenge - those involved in performance and as scientific learners. The class of 30 Year 9 drama students were on the ball, took responsibility for their roles and were mindful of what the adults were trying to orchestrate over the day - pitching in and making appropriate choices when called for.  

Mr Taljaard, Head of Drama




This was a fantastic opportunity for our students to take part in - aside from the learning more about the scientific and psychological sides of physical attraction they also got first hand experience in event production.