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'The Hobbit' film made by schoolboys on shoestring budget - trailer

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The Hobbit has been made into a film by a group of school children.

Ahead of Peter Jackson's big-screen adaptation due for release later this year, pupils from Tower House prep in south-west London have released their own version.



A total of 70 schoolboys aged 8-13 from the school have starred in the 90-minute version, which was filmed across the UK.

The film was made on a shoestring budget, while a CGI dragon was created for the project.

Cliff Web - the father of one of the actors - helped produce and edit the film with his production company, reports The Daily Telegraph.

Tower House's head of drama - who directed the film - spoke of his pride at the finished project.

"The boys showed great dedication to this project which shows the quality of drama that a school can produce," he told the Evening Standard.

"It was our ambition to do something totally unique, something no other school has ever done. As far as I am aware we are the first prep school to do a full feature-length film."

The film had its official premiere at the Curzon Renoir Cinema in Russell Square.

Joey Whittaker, 13, who played Bilbo Baggins in the film, said: "It was a really great experience. It is interesting seeing it and seeing you have spent two hours on something that goes by in a minute.

"I read a bit of the Hobbit but now I have a bit more knowledge. The Hollywood film is coming out quite soon and The Hobbit is going to become very popular, so it is a good feeling."

Schools across the UK have been turning their classrooms into The Shire to mark the Tolkien Week celebrations for the 75th anniversary of The Hobbit.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will be released on December 14.

Watch a trailer for Peter Jackson's version below:

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