Students star in Danny Boyle and Richard Curtis film as Lily James visits academy

Ormiston Denes Academy students line up with Danny Boyle and Lily James on their recent visit ahead

Ormiston Denes Academy students line up with Danny Boyle and Lily James on their recent visit ahead of filming at the Lowestoft high school. Picture: Ormiston Denes Academy - Credit: Archant

A Lowestoft high school has hit the spotlight – with some of its students being given the unique chance of starring in a new film by renowned movie-makers Danny Boyle and Richard Curtis.

Ormiston Denes Academy students line up for autographs from Danny Boyle during his recent visit ahea

Ormiston Denes Academy students line up for autographs from Danny Boyle during his recent visit ahead of filming at the Lowestoft high school. Picture: Ormiston Denes Academy - Credit: Archant

Ormiston Denes Academy was selected to be one of the settings for the film, which is based around the Beatles.

Fifty students at the academy in Yarmouth Road were cast as extras for the movie, which is said to star Ed Sheeran and has been filmed in Gorleston, Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft.

Ormiston Denes Academy students line up with actor Lily James during her recent visit ahead of filmi

Ormiston Denes Academy students line up with actor Lily James during her recent visit ahead of filming at the Lowestoft high school. Picture: Ormiston Denes Academy - Credit: Archant

The students also received an acting masterclass session from Mr Boyle, whose films include Trainspotting and Slumdog Millionaire.

Lead actor Lily James also visited the academy to help get into character for the role as she observed lessons and met teachers.


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Some of the students who are set to feature in the film have been invited to attend the movie premiere in Leicester Square when it is released in September 2019.

Hannah Morris, Head of Performing Arts at Ormiston Denes Academy, said: 'We are delighted that Ormiston Denes Academy was selected as the feature school for this exciting film, and it has been such a fantastic experience for our students and the wider school community.

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'Both students and staff have been hugely excited and inspired by the opportunity to see the work of two of the greats of British cinema close at hand and have really embraced every opportunity given to them.

'We are all really excited to see the film and of course to see the academy playing a starring role.'

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