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Budding Spielbergs judged by Hollywood star

Posted on 07/12/2010

Actor Idris Elba helped judged the winning film

Hollywood star Idris Elba and documentary producer Kerry Mcleod were guest judges at a special screening of short films at Royal Holloway, University of London.

The movies were put together by sixth form students from Kingston College, Woking College, West Thames and Richmond College who had been invited to take part in a one-day film school at Royal Holloway on Monday (6 December). Kishore Verma from the Media Arts Department gave them an introduction to film-making, including screen writing and directing and with the help of Media Arts undergraduates the teenagers then used their new found skills to make and edit their own short films.

The day was culminated by a screening of the films, attended by parents, teachers, colleagues and special guest judges. Idris, who has a number of films under his belt, as well as starring in The Wire and playing the title role of Detective John Luther in the six-part BBC television show which will be returning to our screens for a sequel next year, awarded Woking College the top prize for their film The Good, The Bad, The Letter. The short movie was filmed in a western style and focused on a surreal battle over opening an important letter. The winning team’s treat will be a tour of the Hollyoaks set.

Idris says for young people who are interested in acting and film-making the key is to find out if they really enjoy it by having a go: “I didn’t get into acting for the money I did it because I loved it. You have to find out if you love it and not just think it’s something you want to do. Figure out what you want to be by trying it out. There are so many places to start, from theatre companies, drama schools, acting classes or clubs and societies. You may think you like acting but you may find once you try it you are a better director or that you enjoy something else more.”

But he says once you find out what your passion is, don’t give up on your dream: “There are always pitfalls and struggles in anything you do. I have struggled but I never gave up. Tenacity is the key to success.”




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