Redbridge students bag big interviews for Olympic documentary
Athletes and politicians are being lined up for a grilling as a group of students try to uncover what the 2012 Olympics will mean to their generation.
The documentary, titled What’s in it for us?, will include interviews with 400m Olympic gold medallist Christine Ohuruogu and London mayor Boris Johnson.
The group of 10 have already interviewed John Burton, managing director of the soon-to-open Westfield Stratford City.
Their documentary will premier in front of a host of invited guests in City Hall, London, on June 22.
The 14 to 16-year-olds have been making their film under the guidance of visual arts lecturer Tim Smith, who works at Redbridge College, Barley Lane, Little Heath.
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The college has set up the unique project, with the Greater London Authority acting as mentors via their peer outreach programme.
Lauren Coombes, 16, said: “We’re trying to look at all the different aspects of the games: socially, morally and financially.
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“I wasn’t really that interested in the Olympics to start with because I’m not a sporty person, but now I can’t wait for it. It will really redevelop the area.”
Byron Trowbridge, 16, said: “When we started the project [in September] there was not a lot of team work and communication skills between us.
“But we’ve learned so much and now we know how to plan and about pre-production.”
The students spend two days in Redbridge College working on their documentary, two days at school and one day doing work experience.
Next week they will interview a group of pensioners who watched the 1948 London Olympics as teenagers.
The documentary will look at everything from the Olympics’ impact on housing and sport to the jobs it has created.
College lecturer Mr Smith said: “These students have all had a school experience that has not necessarily been right for them, but coming into the college has given them such an opportunity and really boosted their confidence.
“I’m really, really proud of them.”