History-loving schoolboy starts work on film

Myles Fairhurst.

A schoolboy with a passion for history has started work on his own historical drama.

Myles Fairhurst, a year 7 student at Richmond School and Sixth Form College, is passionate about history, especially the two world wars.

The 11-year-old has shown his passion for the subject through a number of mediums, including directing his own film.

Myles started his film, which is called The Lost Soldier, during the Christmas holidays.

He is creating this film on his own initiative after being inspired by his after-school Drama Llamas club’s production in December.

The group were working on a First World War piece about the Christmas truce and Myles provided a number of ideas, as well as bringing in a soldier’s script which was used as a stimulus.

He then went a step further with his own video project.

Myles said: “I had lots of fun making and editing the trailer.

“I am really interested in the history of the World Wars and received a WW1 soldier’s uniform for Christmas.

“Having worked on the Christmas Truce production in school it gave me the idea to create my own film.

“For the trailer, I put on my uniform and filmed near a local farm, close to where I live in Aycliffe Village, with my Dad’s iphone and gimble to film it. Having the replica uniform really helped me to get into the character of a lost soldier.

“I will be releasing my film later in the year, as I have a lot of work to do on the narration and story-boarding to put together the sequence of the film.”

Miss Paul, leader of the Drama Llama theatre group, said: ”Myles has taken his love for Drama and combined this with his keen interest in World War 1 history to create a video.

“His fabulous trailer is just a taste of what is to come and I can’t wait to see the video, which I know will be superb. What a way to go the extra mile.”

As well as producing his own film, Myles created a piece of artwork of a soldier, which was a focal point of a display in the school library during November to mark Armistice Day.

Myles was inspired by the artwork of Martin Brown, the illustrator of the Frightful First World War books in Terry Deary’s Horrible Histories collection.

Headteacher Jenna Potter, Headteacher said: “I have been blown away by the way Myles keeps surprising and impressing us with his superb work. His attention to detail and the way he constantly looks to find ways of raising the bar is commendable.

“I knew he was going to be a student who was passionate about his studies as soon as he started.

“His transition work demonstrated our school values of creativity, independence and excellence, and he even recorded a short video of himself – complete with cravat and top hat – reading Tennyson’s poem, The Eagle.

A trailer for Myles’ film can be viewed at https://photos.app.goo.gl/9RxhpDcbBirDEc8F9