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Gerrards Cross schoolgirl reporter quizzes Hollywood star
A GERRARDS Cross schoolgirl became a star reporter for the day last week when she interviewed A-list film star Antonio Banderas for an education charity.
Stephanie Carr, a pupil at Chalfont Community College, quizzed the Shrek star about his role in the new movie Justin and the Knights of Valour for Filmclub, which promotes learning through film.
The 11-year-old film fanatic put her questions to the Hollywood star as part of the charity’s Talent Development Programme, which enables passionate youngsters to experience life behind the scenes of the industry.
And after watching a preview screening for the new animated film, Stephanie was taken to London for the interview, which will be aired this month on the charity’s website.
Stephanie said: “I was really excited to interview Antonio Banderas. I expected him to be nice because I’ve seen some of his interviews before.
“He was really nice and he liked talking a lot. And he was encouraging me to do well. It feels like such a privilege because not many people will be able to do this sort of stuff.”
Banderas has starred in blockbusters such as The Legend of Zorro and Evita, and became known to millions for his portrayal of ‘Puss’ in the Shrek films and spin-off Puss In Boots.
The star actor praised the budding film critic’s efforts after they met on Saturday.
He said: “She is amazing! Very, very sweet and very, very poignant.
“It’s very important for the kids. It’s important for us professionals too, to create opinionated people for the future, people who know how to judge movies and have the possibilities as kids to see some action with the professionals.”
Nationwide charity Filmclub helps schools set up and run film clubs for young people to watch, discuss and review a wide range of films from past and present.
Its Talent Development Programme enables young people to have access to film industry events to assist with their personal and career development and learn more about the film industry.
The charity is inviting more schools to join the scheme, hosting free start-up sessions for teachers interested in setting up a film club in their school.
To join, please visit www.filmclub.org/register or call 0207 288 4520 for further information.
Stephanie’s interview will be aired on Thursday, September 26 at 3.30pm on www.filmclub.org
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