Exploring the Magic Behind the Screen with Wonka

We are thrilled to share an exciting and enriching experience that our Year 12 and Year 13 Media Studies students recently had the privilege to be a part of—an exclusive online panel discussion for the highly anticipated film, Wonka, directed by the talented Paul King.

The students were granted a unique opportunity to dive into the intricacies of filmmaking, exploring the enchanting world of Wonka and gaining valuable insights into the magic that happens behind the screen. The panel discussion covered various aspects of the filmmaking process, shedding light on the roles of key individuals responsible for bringing the magic to life.

Director Paul King, known for his exceptional work on Paddington, shared his vision for Wonka and discussed the creative decisions that go into shaping a film. Students were able to gain valuable perspectives on storytelling, character development, and the challenges of adapting beloved stories for the big screen.

The panel also featured producers – David Heyman and Alexandra Derbyshire – who provided a behind-the-scenes look at the logistical aspects of filmmaking. From securing funding to managing the production timeline, our students gained a comprehensive understanding of the crucial role producers play in bringing a cinematic masterpiece to life.

Costume design is a crucial element in creating a visually stunning film, and the students had the privilege of hearing from the costume designer for Wonka: Lindy Hemming. They learned about the creative process involved in designing costumes that not only reflect the characters but also contribute to the overall aesthetic of the film.

Lastly, in addition to exploring the film itself, the panel discussion extended to valuable career advice for aspiring filmmakers. The panellists shared their personal journeys into the media industry, offering guidance on educational paths, internships, and building a network within the industry.

As we continue to foster a dynamic learning environment at St. Mary’s, experiences like these serve as a testament to our commitment to providing our students with real-world insights and opportunities that extend beyond the classroom.


Ms. Theofanous (Head of Media Studies)