Two pupils from Derbyshire have been back in the interviewing hotseat grilling some of the biggest stars in film this week, when they interviewed Hollywood stars Ben Stiller and Jamie Foxx about their latest films Night At the Museum: Secret of the Tomb and Annie respectively, for education charity Into Film. The charity enables young people to learn about the film industry, contributing to their cultural, creative and personal development, and is supported by the BFI with Lottery funding.
11-year-old Oscar and 10-year-old Gabby both attend Heage Primary School in Derbyshire where they are members of the school film club. Through the club the duo have been members of the Into Film Talent Development programme for over a year, where they are given the opportunity to further their passion for film by attending film events, interviewing film industry professionals and reporting back to their peers in over 9000 schools UK wide as their interviews and reports feature on the charity’s film club website.
The Heage duo were invited to London to attend the preview screenings of two of the biggest film releases over Christmas – the highly anticipated 3rd installment in the Night of the Museum series, Night At the Museum: Secret of the Tomb and the remake of the classic musical Annie, to assist them prepare their questions before coming face-to-face with the stars.
Oscar, who recently reported at the Children’s BAFTA Awards for the charity, took on the assignment of interviewing the cast of Night At the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, at the film’s press day. The youngster took it in his stride when he sat down with Hollywood funnyman Ben Stiller (Zoolander, Dodgeball, Blades of Glory), rising star Rebel Wilson (Bridesmaids, Pitch Perfect) and Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens. Oscar quizzed them about what it was like to make the film, work alongside a real monkey, work with special effects and found out whether Dan Stevens is actually any good with a sword after portraying Sir Lancelot in the film.
In a separate assignment, Gabby was also whisked off to London to talk to the stars of the reimagined 1982 musical classic Annie at the film’s press day, where she met 11-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis – who became the youngest person ever nominated for an Academy Award in 2009 at the age of 9 - and Hollywood superstar Jamie Foxx (Django Unchained, Ray, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Collateral). The youngster chatted with the Wallis and Foxx about remaking the popular musical classic and what it was like to work together.
Both Oscar and Gabby’s interviews are hosted on the Into Film network for its membership of schools, colleges, youth groups and young people across the UK to view (www.filmclub.org)
Oscar and Gabby were given this opportunity through their participation on the Into Film Talent Development programme, which they joined through their school’s film club. The programme enables young people with a passion for film to report from film industry events and interact with inspirational people within film whilst still at school – something that is widely regarded by education experts as hugely valuable for raising aspirations and providing information about potential career opportunities. Oscar and Gabby have previously completed a number of assignments for the charity, and between them have interviewed Muppets Miss Piggy and Kermit, Steve Carrell, Miranda Cosgrove, reported from the Children’s BAFTA Awards and hosted the Into Film Show. In addition, Heage Primary School has a rich history with Into Film – their club was the recipient of the 2013 Film Club Of the Year Award, which celebrates outstanding clubs. Heage was one of only four shortlisted schools from the charity’s then 7,000 member schools to be nominated. The club was selected for its dedication to running a regular weekly film club and tapping into the numerous resources on offer to inspire pupils and reinforce the curriculum. Approximately 70 pupils attend each week - several of whom are also part of Into Film Talent Development Programme through which they have reported for the charity from film premieres and press junket interviews, and hosted live webcasts with industry experts.
Into Film is an education charity that seeks to put film at the heart of young people’s learning and promote the use of film as a powerful education resource. Into Film Clubs are free for all state funded schools and non-school settings and offer free access to thousands of films and education resources about film and filmmaking for learning through and about film, as well as learning about the film industry and careers within it. Inclusive and accessible for all students regardless of their background or ability, film clubs help promote young people’s educational, social, moral, spiritual and cultural development helping schools achieve OFSTED requirements.
Supported by the BFI with Lottery funding, Into Film incorporates the legacy and staff of two leading film education charities, FILMCLUB and First Light, building on their experience and success in delivering programs of significant scale and reach to children and young people across the UK.
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb is released nationwide on the 19th December 2014. Annie is released nationwide on the 26th December 2014.
For further information about Into Film and to start an Into Film Club visit: www.intofilm.org/schools-film-clubs or call 0207 288 4520.