Channing School girls hope to scoop award for anti-smoking films

Hope Eley, 15, and Olivia Howe, 14, at Channing School. Picture: Polly Hancock.

Hope Eley, 15, and Olivia Howe, 14, at Channing School. Picture: Polly Hancock. - Credit: Archant

A pair of Channing School girls have made two short films exploring the dangers of smoking which they hope to see recognised at a glitzy awards ceremony.

Olivia Howe, 14, and Hope Eley, 15, Year 10 pupils at the all-girls school in The Bank, Highgate, produced the films as part of the Duke of Edinburgh challenge and have entered them into the Cut Films 2013 Short Film competition.

The competition is part of the Deborah Hutton Campaign - an anti-smoking initiative supported by Ham&High publisher Archant’s London-wide website London24 - and asks young people to shoot a film about the dangers of smoking using a video camera or camera phone.

Competitors are then asked to upload their films to the Cut Films website ahead of a public vote to decide the winner of a Popular Choice award.

One of Ms Howe and Ms Eley’s films look at the dangers of smoking while pregnant and the other explores the unknown risks of smoking shisha.

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Ms Eley said: “It was really fun. We learnt about storyboarding, lighting and editing and filmed interviews with people about shisha.”

Ms Howe added: “We found out that bubbling tobacco over water and giving it a sweet taste makes people think that shisha is safe - but it’s not.”

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The girls will find out if their films have scooped an award at a special ceremony at BAFTA headquarters, in Piccadilly, on July 4.

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