Anti-bullying movie packs a real punch

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SCHOOL pupils across Milton Keynes are set to be big screen stars after appearing in an anti-bullying movie created in Milton Keynes.

Once Upon a Life, featuring pupils from Bishop Parker school in Bletchley and Cedars School in Newport Pagnell, focuses on a young boy who tracks down and confronts his his bully.

The film was created by Frank Scarito of Bletchley based Luca Design, who suffered at the hands of a bully when he was at primary school.

He got the idea for the film after working as a volunteer at Bishop Parker School, teaching children to draw thanks to his graphic design background.

From there he moved on to take songwriting and acting classes with the children and the initiative took off, growing to incorporate stage shows and eventually the idea of a film was born.

Frank said: “We received funding from the Community Foundation and during the first year we put together a piece called One Upon a Bully.

“From there it grew and grew and we were writing more scenes with the project becoming much bigger. However, with a day job as well it becomes hard to devote every second to it. So I took a break but stayed in the project.”

“I had the acting club, I knew each child’s abilities and wrote the film around their talents. Now I just can’t wait to see the public’s reaction.”

The premiere will be held on November 23 at The Venue, Walton High School. Bullying ambassador, Alex Holmes will also give a talk at the event.

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