The Young Film Critic Awards

The Herald Magazine - - Arts CINEMA -


IF The Her­ald’s Young Film Critic Com­pe­ti­tion was a movie, the win­ners would be an­nounced via a se­ries of spin­ning front pages which come to a stop to re­veal the front page splash. Alas, we don’t have the bud­get for such spe­cial ef­fects on this page, so here, old school, is the news you need to know. The win­ners are James Gower, 11, for his re­view of Padding­ton 2, and Elle-Rose Fother­ing­ham, 15, for her piece on Supa Modo. The win­ners, from Lar­bert High School in Sten­house­muir, also re­ceive a goodie bag from Into Film, the ed­u­ca­tion char­ity which runs a free, an­nual film fes­ti­val for young peo­ple. Thank you to ev­ery­one who en­tered.

Padding­ton 2 is a hi­lar­i­ous fam­ily friendly film di­rected by Paul King, who also di­rected the pre­vi­ous film in the se­ries. Star­ring Ben Whishaw and Peter Ca­paldi, it fol­lows Padding­ton bear’s at­tempts to get the per­fect birth­day present for his aun­tie.

A great ad­di­tion to the cast is Knuck­les McGinty (Bren­dan Gleeson). He made me cry with laugh­ter the mo­ment he ap­peared. One of the fun­ni­est mo­ments was a scene with Padding­ton, Knuck­les and mar­malade. Over­all the film made me fall in love with the bear for the se­cond time. I left the cin­ema with a mas­sive smile on my face.


Supa Modo is a Kenyan drama, di­rected by Likar­ion Wainaina, which tells the story of a lit­tle girl, Jo, who is ter­mi­nally ill.

Jo’s sis­ter Mwix comes up with the idea of mak­ing a movie with Jo (Sty­cie Waweru) as a su­per­hero with mag­i­cal pow­ers who fights off evil. The film skil­fully high­lights the themes of fam­ily, friend­ship and com­mu­nity as ev­ery­one in the vil­lage con­verges to make Jo’s dreams a re­al­ity.


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