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Cowley sixth form College students and staff who have produced a film to be shown at St Helens Cineworld Cinema.'Teachers Steven Hines and Stuart Lilley pictured with ltr Alec Walters, John Qiugley, Angus Leith, Faye Boyle, and Ashley Riley.
Cowley sixth form College students and staff who have produced a film to be shown at St Helens Cineworld Cinema.'Teachers Steven Hines and Stuart Lilley pictured with ltr Alec Walters, John Qiugley, Angus Leith, Faye Boyle, and Ashley Riley.

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.