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An alien concept?

What would aliens think if they visited Earth to take a look at how humans deal with their refuse? It's a question that a group of youngsters at Kirtlington Primary School have wrestled with for a tongue-in-cheek film entitled The Cherwell Incident.

Starring children from Oak Class of 2012, the 15-minute feature pits a pair of aliens from the planet Zong against the inhabitants of a village called Cherwell.

Their mission is to educate humans how to deal correctly with their recyclables and protect the planet, but there always lurks the possibility of vaporisation.

image depicting Premiere

School headteacher, Fiona Crook, said: "We were delighted to take part in Cherwell District Council's recycling film.

"Kirtlington School takes environmental issues very seriously and has worked hard to achieve the Eco Green Flag status.

"This film has helped to develop the children's understanding of the importance of recycling - and it was great fun."

Cherwell District Council's recycling team and local film maker Andy Russell, of Different Films in Oxford, worked closely with the school on the project.

And last night, the council invited the cast and crew along to a premiere of the film in the Council Chamber at its Bodicote House headquarters.

Councillor Nigel Morris, the council's lead member for clean and green, said: "I think these youngsters could teach us all a thing or two about protecting the planet.

"As a district, we manage to recycle a great deal of our waste, but there is always more we could do.

"I can only applaud the ingenuity of Kirtlington Primary's pupils in trying to get across a message which is all too easy to ignore."

The film will now be used to promote recycling at events and roadshows across the district.

The recycling team is also working with local charity Groundwork which plans to use the film during visits to schools.

Visit the Different Films website to watch The Cherwell Incident in full.

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