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Eastchurch Primary School film buff wins dream red carpet role with Into Film charity, supported by British Film Institute

A schoolboy will get the chance to attend movie premieres and report from the red carpet after being accepted on to a nationwide project.

Joseph Fowler, who goes to Eastchurch primary’s All Saints’ site, is taking part in the Into Film Talent Development Programme.

It is run by Into Film, a national education charity which is supported by the British Film Institute (BFI).

Joseph Fowler with his award at Eastchurch Primary School
Joseph Fowler with his award at Eastchurch Primary School

The 10-year-old is a member of the movie club at the school in Warden Road, Eastchurch, and applied for a place earlier this year to further develop his interest in the subject.

He had to submit an audition tape explaining his passion and found out he had been chosen out of hundreds of children last month.

The talent programme allows pupils to experience behind-the-scenes elements of the industry and runs for a full school year.

Joseph, from Minster, will train across three key areas including writing reviews, researching and preparing questions for interviews and presenting to camera before being able to put what he has learnt to the test.

He will get the chance to interview industry professionals, report from the red carpet, attend preview screenings of new releases and host programmes on the Into Film website.

There will also be the opportunity to get career advice, work experience opportunities and mentoring from professionals.

In the past, youngsters studying on the programme have interviewed some of the biggest names in Hollywood including Steven Spielberg, Daniel Radcliffe, Kate Winslet, George Clooney and Reese Witherspoon.

Joseph has already travelled to Islington in north London for his first training day.

He said: “I wanted to get involved because I wanted to get an insight into how the industry works through the eye of a reporter.

“I really enjoyed the training day because it helped expand my knowledge.

“The best bit was the review and prep session because it showed me the best way to ask questions and how to present myself when asking questions.”

Jody Bodiam, who runs the school’s film club, said: “I’m over the moon for Joseph and he so deserves it. He will be brilliant at it. It’s an excellent opportunity – almost a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

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