A Hounslow student who wrote and directed her own film, has seen her name and her production, go up in lights.
Shane Santillin, 17, who attends St Marks RC School, Hounslow, saw her film called Jasmine, shown at the Watermans Art Centre, Brentford,earlier this month.
The film was funded by Hounslow Council and the Sky Academy as part of a £40,000 grant for the Sparks! Young Filmmakers Competition which is one many projects that looks to support young people gain opportunities in creative fields such as television, art and sport.
Ms Santillin, a Year 12 student at the Bath Road School, has just completed A Levels and won the opportunity to produce the film through the competition.
The cast and crew involved in the film were also local, including many youngsters from the borough’s schools and it was premiered thanks to support from the art centre and Richie Rich Productions.
Jasmine tells the story of a shy Asian teenager Sachin, who day-by-day tries to live up to the expectations of his ambitious parents, but finds freedom in adopting an alter ego.
Councillor Richard Foote, Cabinet Member for Communities, Hounslow Council, said: “Shane has really shown what can be achieved when your creative talents are given a platform to shine.
“I am sure that this is the start of an amazing career for this artistically gifted young person.”
Spark! is a charity based in Hounslow which works with young people to help them understand the world of work.
Ms Santillin said: “This is going to make me stand out from the crowd when applying for university and future jobs. It has been a fantastic experience.”
Ruby Mir, Director of Spark! said: “Shane and the rest of the young cast and crew demonstrate the fantastic young talent that is rising up locally to help drive the creativity of this industry forward.”
See a trailer for the film and behind the scenes footage: