ASPIRING movie makers saw a short anti-bullying film they made shown at the Odeon cinema in London's Leicester Square.

Pupils from New Rickstones Academy, in Witham, made the film as part of a project which promotes good mental health through filmmaking.

The group of ten were among just 200 young people across the country given the opportunity to work with a professional filmmaker to create the films.

They chose to make a film about a bullying victim whose mind becomes like a forest with positive and negative monsters.

Their efforts saw them invited to an awards ceremony at the famous venue where they rubbed shoulders with celebrities such as David Walliams, Luke Evans and Andy Serkis.

Pastoral coordinator Liz McPartlin said: "What the students produced was amazing. I am so proud of them, they worked so hard and were so committed to it and it was inspiring to see.

"Some of the students had suffered with low self-esteem and there was a real sense of achievement through completing this.

"We are quite a small school so to reach this level, I think, is just brilliant."