MOVE over Steven Spielberg and St Helens-born movie director David Yates.
Gifted staff and pupils at Cowley International College have just put the finishing touches to their very own feature-length psychological thriller, entitled Broken Spirits.
Starring learning support assistant Amy Littler, a trained actress, in the lead role of Sylvia Allen, as well as a string of students, it tells the tale of a school ghost and a teacher with a guilty past.
English teacher Steven Hines, who directed the film, said: “The Broken Spirits story was originally a stage play performed in school about 10 years ago but one of my colleagues, Geoff Harrison, then adapted it into a film script about three or four years ago.
“We started filming last November and initially only planned to make a half-hour movie, but it just kept growing and growing and ended up being a full-length feature film.
“Despite having no budget to speak of, we used the school’s grounds as the filming location and were lucky enough to have broadcast-quality equipment - so we’re really proud of the end result.
“The students were great and some of the staff showed off their hidden acting talents too!”
In all, around 30 pupils - ranging from Year 8 to Year 13 - were involved in the making of the 115-minute film, as well as 20 members of staff.
One of the scenes was filmed at the same location on the school grounds which was used during the Oscar-winning movie, Chariots of Fire.
The movie, which features a cameo from Saints star James Roby, took seven months to shoot, followed by months of editing and post-production work.
No wonder then, that everyone involved is eagerly anticipating their strut down the red carpet in a black-tie premiere at Cineworld St Helens in the New Year. Mr Hines now hopes to shoot two more movies to create a trilogy.