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A sixth form student from Marling School has made a short film that will premiere in London this week and is hoping it will help him on his way to a successful career in filmmaking.

Dan Guthrie’s film, Seven Stages, was inspired by his A-level coursework, studying masculinity in Hamlet and A Clockwork Orange.  The film examines the theatrics of contemporary masculinity, bringing together a drag king, a working men’s club and a Shakespearean monologue.

He shot the film in the February half-term of 2018 at the Brunel Goods Shed in Stroud and production was completed at the start of March 2018. It will premiere at the Playback Festival over the next 5 days where all short films made as part of the Random Acts Scheme will be shown in an exhibition.

Dan said: “Making the film has helped me to get a foot in the door of the creative industries, something that is notoriously hard to do as a young person who lives in the middle of the countryside! 

“My film will premiere at the Playback Festival at the Institute for Contemporary Arts in London, alongside the other recently produced films from across England, and after that it's a matter of waiting before I get it back in my hands, depending on whether Channel 4 want to use it.” 

Dan is now working on a short spoken show premiering at Bristol's Tobacco Factory Theatre at the end of March, a one-off radio show about filmmaking for London station Resonance FM and blog posts for Bristol-based websites Mandemhood and SYNC.SW.

Stephen Farr, Head of 6th form, said: “Dan has shown a real talent for film-making and I’m delighted that he has taken this opportunity to explore this interesting subject matter and share it with a wider audience.

“It’s really exciting that his film may eventually be shown on national TV and would be a terrific platform for his future career.”

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