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September 2017 | Screen Daily

Working Title back new London sixth form college

Working Title’s Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan have discussed their motivations for backing a new London sixth form college which will have a specialism in film.

The Four Weddings And A Funeral and Love Actually producers submitted a planning application for the facility to Islington Council in July. The company will sponsor the free sixth form college in a bid to help foster new generations of skilled workers in the industry and boost diversity.

The Working Title School, which will eventually host 1,000 16-19 year-old pupils, will be located in Ladbroke House in Highbury Grove, which has been empty since 2015.

“We go to film production studios and they are not diverse,” said Bevan. ”That is not right. We realised we had to go back and start at the education level.”

Fellner added: “We want to ensure we get an absolutely diverse set of students from diverse backgrounds into the industry. We don’t have a quick fix but we want to help them realise the opportunities in the hope their voices will multiply.”

Providing the application is granted, construction could get underway towards the end of the year but it is unlikely to open before 2019.

The college is expected to take children from across London.

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