Teen wins bursary for film on summer riots

S12300189X QEII School pupil Andrew Prizeman awarded filming bursary -photo by Steve Cobb
S12300189X QEII School pupil Andrew Prizeman awarded filming bursary -photo by Steve Cobb

A 17-year-old aspiring film-maker from Horsham has won a £1,500 bursary to make a short production alongside a professional director.

Andrew Prizeman, who has overcome obstacles relating to Asperger’s Syndrome and physical disabilities, was one of six winners from the South East rewarded by Screen South .

The uShoot:uScreen competition attracted interest from a number of schools , including the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee School, Horsham, where Andrew goes.

The competition aims to provide film-making opportunities to disabled or deaf young people and the determined teenager, of Pollards Drive, could hardly contain his emotion when he talked to the County Times.

Andrew admitted he ‘had a hunch’ he would win.

“I’m very excited but I feel quite scared and nervous because I don’t know what will happen,” the technology enthusiast said.

The bursary awarded by Screen South will enable him to shoot his film featuring the summer 2011 riots and will also star eight of Andrew’s excited classmates from QEII School, all donning hoodies and ‘stolen’ plasma televisions.

“We thought the riots had so much effect upon our values,” said Andrew, when explaining the title: ‘R.E.S.P.E.C.T.’

This is not his first project in film and theatre. He performed a lead role in a play and a dance production at the Hawth Theatre, Crawley.

When he won an award for his role however, he was too nervous to receive it.

But the current project allows him to attend a ceremony in October.

“That’s what scares me the most - I can’t believe I’ll be walking up the red carpet,” he explained.

Andrew is currently thinking about the script before the film will be shot in Croydon and edited between September 10 and September 20.

“He’s fantastic. He’s done a lot of research,” said Sue Jay, the teacher at the school supervising the project.

Some of the bursary has already been spent on the film, yet Andrew’s mother, Angela Prizeman, admitted the film wasn’t the first thought: “When he first got the money he thought ‘holiday’.”

“Or a car would be nice. a cheap car,” her son added.

Screen South is the home of Accentuate, the London 2012 legacy programme which seeks to change perceptions and offer a wide range of opportunities across the South East to showcase the talents of deaf and disabled people.

Accentuate is an ambitious transformational programme of 15 major projects, with the potential to create a national change.

Inspired by the proud heritage of Stoke Mandeville, Buckinghamshire, as the birthplace of the Paralympic movement, Accentuate is ensuring disabled people have the opportunity to be the leaders of tomorrow, in whatever field they choose.

Focusing on quality and bringing together sports, arts, culture and heritage, the company aims to change the perceptions of disability so a real cultural shift can occur between now and the London 2012 Paralympic Games, which start later this month.

Accentuate is funded by South East England Development Agency (SEEDA), the regional cultural agencies and Legacy Trust UK.

To see Andrew’s film in October this year and to find out more about Screen South visit www.uscreen.co.uk