‘Prevailing Lies’ Oundle pupil wins Cinemagic Young Filmmaker’s Competition
10th November 2015

At a recent presentation ceremony in Belfast, Oundle School pupil, Henry Worsley (13) was awarded first prize in the Cinemagic Young Filmmaker (under 15s) Competition.

Entries can be about anything at all from fact or fiction, comedy or drama, news programme or documentary and Henry wrote, shot and edited a ten minute short film entitled ‘Prevailing Lies’ - a short psychological thriller about a young girl suffering from depression who starts to question her reality.

Henry commented, “Ultimately, what I wanted to craft was a film which represented loneliness and fear of being different in an interesting philosophical light. The film stars my close family and friends, and was shot on a tight budget of only £200.

I entered the competition with what I thought, an unlikely chance of even being shortlisted and was extremely surprised when it was announced, in Belfast, that I had won.

The film will now be shown at next year’s Cinemagic International Film Festival, but even more importantly, it spurs me on all the more to pursue a career in the film industry.”

Liam Neeson and Piers Brosnan are both patrons of Cinemagic and at the festival in Belfast, participants enjoyed workshops and masterclasses with other renowned members of the film and TV industry.

To view Henry’s film on Youtube visit:

Henry received a glass trophy and £100 prize money towards his next film.


Background Information on Oundle School

Oundle School is situated in the quintessentially English market town of Oundle, about 90 miles north of London. The School’s buildings, dating from the 17th to the 21st centuries, are dispersed throughout the town, which is, to a large extent, its campus.

The School’s history dates back to 1556, when Sir William Laxton, Master of the Worshipful Company of Grocers and Lord Mayor of London, endowed and re-founded the original Oundle Grammar School, of which he was a former pupil. In 1876, the Grocer’s Company divided the School into two parts; Laxton Grammar School, primarily for the inhabitants of the town, and Oundle School, primarily for pupils from further afield. In 2000, the Grocers’ Company reunited the two schools under the common name of Oundle School and retained the name of Laxton for the day House.

At the beginning of the 20th century, Oundle was put firmly on the map of leading English public schools by its most famous headmaster, F W Sanderson, who established Oundle’s reputation as one of the great science and engineering schools, a reputation still renowned today. In 2007, SciTec - a major and ground-breaking new science complex - opened, housing 16 state-of-the-art laboratories. The School is now embarking on a large SciTec Campus development project which will see a new Mathematics department constructed adjacent to SciTec as well as a significant upgrade to the Design and Technology department within the Patrick Engineering Centre. Due for completion in September 2016, the development will unite Science, Mathematics, Design, Technology and Engineering both physically and philosophically, enabling pupils to move seamlessly from theory to practice and from pure science to the achievement of a workable technology. A concurrent Sports MasterPlan will upgrade sporting facilities across the School over the next few years, including a new 1st XI cricket pavilion which opened in April 2015 and new astroturfs due to be completed this year.  

There are currently 1110 pupils on roll at Oundle School, with 860 boarders and 250 day pupils. Also within the Corporation of Oundle School is Laxton Junior School, a day School for children aged 4 to 11. 

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