Space experience for Sheffield students is out of this world

It was blast off for Sheffield students when they relived space exploration at a special screening at Cineworld in the city.

Tuesday, 3rd December 2019, 10:38 am
Youngsters relive moon landings at Cineworld in Sheffield
Youngsters relive moon landings at Cineworld in Sheffield

More than 400 local young people and their teachers were treated to a unique commemoration of 50 years since the first moon landing, which was out of this world.

Following a screening of documentary Apollo 11, which was created entirely from restored archive materials, the UK Space Agency’s Head of Space Exploration, Sue Horne, led a fascinating talk and Q&A with an engaged primary audience.

The screening was part of a major series of events organised by the Into Film Festival this year to educate and immerse young people in the history of the moon landings.

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Others have included a collaboration with Live Cinema UK and Yorkshire-based art-rock collective Stems in Leeds Town Hall, as well as several screenings of Armstrong and First Man across the UK.

Into Film is an education charity that puts film at the heart of children and young people’s educational, cultural and personal development. More than half of UK schools engage with the programme.

A student from St Alban’s Primary School, said: “My favourite part of coming to the Into Film Festival was getting to ask lots of questions. My favourite question was, how much money would it cost to build a rocket. Apollo 11 taught me a lot about rockets and how to launch them.”

The Into Film Festival returned for its seventh year from 6-22 November and is the world’s largest free film festival. Standout Sheffield events included the festival’s launch premiere of environmental documentary 2040 with UNICEF, an exclusive preview of The Aeronauts presented with the BFI London Film Festival and a screening of Horrible Histories: Rotten Romans featuring a talk from the BBFC (British Board of Film Classification).

The Into Film Festival, hosted by film education charity, Into Film is supported by Cinema First and the BFI through National Lottery funding and backed by the UK film industry. It is notably one of the biggest, free cultural events of the year and is curated for UK pupils aged 5-19 offering over 3,000 film screenings and speaker events covering a vast range of curriculum-linked topics.