Barcelona festival audience awards Best Feature Film to FIT


29th of October, 2010 Bookmark and Share
FIT, The Drill Hall's play and film for young people tackling homophobic bullying in schools, has won the Audience Award for Best Feature Film at the 2010 Barcelona International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (FICGLB).

The play of FIT was developed to help tackle the growing problem of homophobic bullying in Britain's schools, where everything from not liking sport to wearing the wrong trainers is 'gay'.

FIT was created for Key Stage 3 (Years 7–9), specifically complementing various learning objectives from the National Curriculum, particularly PHSE and Citizenship. It has now been made into a film, also written and directed by Rikki Beadle-Blair, and featuring members of the original stage cast.

The Drill Hall is presenting follow-up workshops with Rikki and original cast members for London schools this autumn. These workshops are designed to assist teachers to confront issues around homophobic bullying in particular but also bullying in general. Using episodes from the DVD and the additional video diaries commissioned by The Drill Hall, the workshops run by Rikki and the actors will engage classes in an interactive and inspiring way, helping them to address a difficult issue in a sensitive and entertaining manner. Teachers wishing to book a workshop or to receive further information should contact The Drill Hall on contact@drillhall.co.uk or 020 7307 5060.

The Drill Hall has always been at the heart of movements of cultural, social and political change. Through its education work, The Drill Hall has produced an exceptional programme for secondary schools that addresses homophobia and its consequences. This has included Grace Barnes's adaptation of Jackie Kay's Trumpet as well as FIT. It has also produced The Greatest Drummer in the World, Abena's Stupidest Mistake, The Magic Garden, Mr Colin's Crazy Christmas and The Yule Lads – plays and workshops for primary school audiences addressing themes such as bullying and difference.

This work continues on the evening of Saturday 30 October 2010 when Drill Hall 1 hosts Fear of Queer – a fusion of drama, performance poetry and visual arts/media performed by the Young LGBT Company from Birmingham's SHOUT Festival.
Anthony Babajee
Anthony Babajee is marketing manager at The Drill Hall.