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Monday 04 April 2011

Hove Student Interviews Killing Bono Stars Ben Barnes And Robert Sheenan

A school pupil from Hove has experienced her own cinematic close up when she interviewed the stars of new rock and roll film Killing Bono as her first assignment as a Young Ambassador for education charity Filmclub.

Nina Goodyer, 17, from Bhasvic Sixth Form in Hove, East Sussex, was recently accepted in the charity's coveted Young Ambassador programme – which enables young people to report at film industry events, interviewed rising stars Ben Barnes (The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian) and Robert Sheehan (Misfits) at the UK premiere of the film, which was released last Friday.

Nina said: "I am really looking forward to being a Young Ambassador because it will open up loads of new opportunities…to meet experienced and influential people in the film industry because that is what I dream of doing myself!

"I really want to learn about the process of making films and the artistic struggle that goes with it. I am also really excited to go to premieres of new films, it is something I never imagined myself being able to do, but with the help from Filmclub I feel confident to ask questions I have always wanted to ask to successful people in the industry.

"I feel really lucky to be able to be part of the club, because there is nothing else like it, there are very limited opportunities for young people to get involved in media projects and as someone that loves watching and talking about films I can"t think of anything else I'd rather do.

"During the media training day it was really interesting to learn all the trade secrets: how to work the red carpet, how to keep your cool while interviewing someone you really admire and how to review films written and spoken.

"Being able to ask people questions who know what it is like to break into the business was really useful for me."




Nina is one of 11 new members accepted into the Young Ambassadors programme, joining just 35 other members.

As Young Ambassadors the youngsters will be the voice, eyes and ears of Filmclub at film events including red-carpet premieres, award shows, press junkets and interviews, and screenings, where they will interview the crème de la crème of the film world and act as spokespeople for the organisation.

Ahead of her first assignment Nina, and the other successful members, took part in a media-training afternoon in London.



The session included a masterclass with brother and sister team Claire and Anthony Bueno from Premiere Scene – who are specialists in red-carpet events, film junkets and one-to-one celebrity interviews - to help them hone their interviewing skills in front of the camera.

Filmclub is a nationwide education charity, which helps schools set-up and run film clubs, giving young people the chance to watch, debate and review the very best in cinema.

Killing Bono is a rock 'n' roll comedy about two Irish brothers struggling to forge their path through the 1980"s music scene… whilst the meteoric rise to fame of their old school pals U2 only serves to cast them deeper into the shadows.


by: Mike Cobley

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