Fairfield High School Launches Film Club

photo 1A BRISTOL school that boasts one of Hollywood’s greatest stars among its best ex-pupils has launched a cinema club.

Archibald Leach – aka Cary Grant – attended Fairfield Grammar School until he was expelled in 1918 for sneaking into the girls’ toilets.

Nowadays Fairfield hosts a mural of the screen icon and one of its houses is named after him.

The school, which moved into new buildings in 2006, launches its cinema club in the month that Bristol is holding a Cary Comes Home festival weekend. It features a From Horfield to Hollywood talk and red-carpet gala screenings of two of his hits, North by Northwest and Arsenic and Old Lace.

Fairfield High School has a strong partnership with Watershed, which is hosting the festival with the Bristol Hippodrome on October 11 and 12.

photo 1 (1)Head of humanities Claire Greenwood, who works with the media centre as a schools liaison officer, said:

“Film is a powerful educational resource, accessible for students of all backgrounds and abilities. This club will help broaden our students’ learning – as well as being relaxing and fun.”

Watershed and IntoFilm officials attended the first event, along with Charlotte Leslie MP, for a showing of The Lego Movie, complete with popcorn and drinks for around 60 students.

The cinema club will offer free weekly screenings for students thanks to the education charity Into Film.

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