Staff and students at East Norfolk Sixth Form College were treated to a touch of Hollywood on Friday with a visit from film Director Danny Boyle.

With movie credits including Trainspotting, 127 Hours, Steve Jobs and of course the opening ceremony for the 2012 Olympic Games in London, this was a ‘once in a lifetime opportunity’ to hear from one of the most successful British Directors of recent times.

Over 600 staff and students gathered to listen to Danny talk about his current project, currently being filmed in Gorleston and local area, and have the opportunity to ask questions ranging from the #MeToo campaign, gender equality and the art of filmmaking. Students were also keen to quiz him about taking on the challenge of the next Bond movie.

The visit on Friday afternoon was an amazing experience for all involved and the ovation Danny received upon arrival at the college showed how much the students appreciated him giving up his precious time to make the visit.

Film and TV student Joe Church quizzed Danny on his film Trainspotting and whether it was easier to direct a film based on a novel. Mr Boyle responded by saying most people would assume that is easier to direct a film with a book as the source material, but that actually it can be more challenging to include all the elements of the story, that readers are so familiar with, into a two hour film.

Earlier in the week, one of the Assistant Directors, Candy Marlowe, had visited the college to speak to Film and Media students about her role and the numerous films she has been involved with. She passed on a whole range of tips and expertise to the students who were really appreciative of her time and advice.

College Principal Dr Catherine Richards, said: “We are so grateful to Danny Boyle for giving us over an hour of his time to speak to students and staff about his current film and a whole range of film and culture related issues. This was an amazing experience for everybody involved and the response to the visit has been overwhelming. To have someone of Danny’s stature come to EN is a real coup and I know this is one visit that will not be forgotten.”

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