A YEAR 8 Woking High School pupil has been awarded a prestigious BAFTA for Best Children’s Drama 2016.
Ashleigh Saunders starred in a short film, Refugee, by the director and writer Adam Tyler.
The Ottershaw student, who was 12 in June, rose to the occasion when the accolade for her role in the movie was announced at the recent Children’s BAFTA Annual Awards Show at the Roundhouse in London.
The 12-minute film, which has just been released on the TrueTube educational platform, tells the story of a young girl who has been forced to leave her home with her family and could only take one bag.
It is, topically, about the plight of refugees. It asks what you would take and what it would feel like to be on the run from your own country in the hope of finding a safe place far away from the confines and comfort of your own home.
A spokesman for TrueTube said: “We are very proud of the films we produce for young people and schools throughout the United Kingdom. We’re extremely pleased that the winners will now reach a wider audience and that they will receive so much more recognition as a result.”
The film is available to view at: www.truetube.co.uk/film/refugee.