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Thursday 16 February 2012

Hove Teen Quizzes Clooney, Broadbent, Branagh & Miss Piggy At The 2012 Orange Bafta Awards

A film mad teenager from Hove has experienced his own cinematic close-up with some of the world's biggest movie stars when he was chosen to report from the red-carpet at the UK's most prestigious film awards ceremony - the 2012 Orange BAFTA Film Awards.

Harry Harris, 14, who attends Hove Park School joined seasoned reporters and esteemed film critics from dozens of news outlets including BBC, ITV and Sky News on the red-carpet at London’s Royal Opera House, where stars including George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter, Daniel Radcliffe, Kenneth Branagh and Meryl Streep attended the awards ceremony.

Harry came face to face with Hollywood star George Clooney and had the opportunity to ask him about his Leading Actor nomination for The Descendants, and also quizzed Kenneth Branagh and Jim Broadbent about their Supporting Actor nominations for My Week With Marilyn and The Iron Lady.

Harry also interviewed film director Asif Kapadia, who later picked up a BAFTA Award for Best Documentary for his film Senna, and quizzed newcomer Adam Deacon about his nomination for the BAFTA Rising Star Award, which he won later in the evening. 

In addition, Harry interviewed one of the world’s most famous movie stars – the one and only Miss Piggy, who was in town promoting her new film, The Muppets! 

Harry was joined on the red-carpet by his fellow FILMCLUB Young Ambassador Shaguftah Akhtar (15) and when George Clooney met the slightly nervous and excited youngsters the actor told them:

“Don’t be nervous – relax, take a deep breath and fire away!”

When asked if making the BAFTA nominated film The Descendants was a challenge, he said:

“Making films in general are always a little bit of a challenge but its still making movies and that’s fun.  So it was a challenge, but mostly it was fun.”

Rounding out the interview, the Hollywood star told them; “Congratulations, and good luck in your young careers!”

The youngsters were the only teenagers to be given access to interview the film stars who attended the glitzy ceremony, which is watched by millions of people around the world.

Before the red-carpet opened, the duo had a chance to pick up some interview tips from Nickelodeon presenter Anna Williams about what they should expect, and even got wished good luck by X-Factor presenter Dermot O’Leary who was next to them on the carpet reporting for E! News Channel. 

Harry and Shaguftah’s interviews are hosted on the charity’s website for the 250,000 members to view.

Harry commented about his experience: “I think my favourite part of the night was meeting George Clooney, not necessarily because I'm a massive fan but because I never truly believed I would get to interview such a big Hollywood star!

“Also, I really wanted to interview directors so I really enjoyed talking to director Asif Kapadia about Senna and I would have regretted not doing so as I see it picked up Best Documentary.

“At first, I was really nervous, but I got the hang of it and in the end, I wanted to do more. Time just flew by!”

Harry was given the opportunity to report at the BAFTA Awards, in association with BAFTA, and through FILMCLUB’s Young Ambassadors programme, which enables young people to attend and report from film industry events.

As a member of his school’s film club, where pupils watch, discuss and learn through watching a wide range of films from past and present, members who are keen to learn more about the film industry are invited to join the Young Ambassadors programme, which enables youngsters to take part in film industry events, such as premieres and press conferences.

Harry had previously interviewed MPs and Lords for his first assignment, which explored how film helps children to learn about democracy

To join FILMCLUB, please visit: or call 0207 288 4520 for further information. 

by: Mike Cobley

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