The Marlow Film Studios has appointed a leading educational expert to its project team. 

Bucks-based Bebe O’Shea has been confirmed as training and educational outreach ambassador this week for the proposed film studio. 

Bebe comes with two decades’ experience across the private, grammar, further education, and higher education sector.

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A creative industries education expert she was integral in delivering and writing courses for Creative Media Skills Pinewood, Bucks College Group and Bucks New University.

She wrote and led the education strategy for Cine Valley Shinfield, an experience she will directly draw upon to lead the Marlow Film Studios' work with local schools, colleges and universities.

Bebe also ran a successful film make-up training school which delivered workshops in sixth-form schools, primary schools, youth centres, performing arts schools and held sessions for excluded children.

She said: “I am passionate about both education and the film industry – so working closely with the lead project team behind the proposed Marlow Film Studios to deliver its education strategy, is a privilege.

“I am absolutely convinced that the studios will bring enormous opportunity for local school children and young people, in an industry which is thriving and offers them a lifelong career.

“Working with education providers in the area, to ensure our next generation are excited and inspired by the creative industries is a challenge I relish and its fantastic to be part of this exciting project."

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Plans to build the Marlow Film Studio along the A404 at Westhorpe Junction will be submitted later this spring.

This has been met with backlash from local Westhorpe Park residents who continue to campaign against the plans.

Bebe’s appointment follows recent support from local headteachers in Marlow who are looking to collaborate with the proposed film studio on its pledge to provide traineeships and work experience.

Marlow Film Studios CEO Robert Laycock added: “This role is an important one within the project team and we are delighted that somebody as experienced and as passionate as Bebe has joined us to lead our commitment to education.

“It has been widely reported that there is a massive skills shortage within the film industry, and we desperately need to break down the myth that this is a closed community and inaccessible.

"The industry provides opportunity in every conceivable career, from accountancy to joinery, from production to set design and we see it as our job to inspire the next generation.”