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Stars of Tomorrow
Have you ever fancied yourself as a movie star? For a group of students in Hinckley that dream is becoming a reality, with the help of an ex-Eastenders actor.
Todd Carty, most famous for playing Mark Fowler in Eastenders, is directing his first film in Hinckley this summer with help from local students.
Pupils from North Warwickshire and Hinckley College have been selected to appear in the children's horror flick.
Todd Carty with the students
Listen: Interview with Todd Carty
BBC Leicester's Julie Mayer met up with Todd and some of the students at the college's Hinckley campus…
'The Perfect Burger' is being made for the British Youth Film Association, and will be Todd's feature film directorial debut:
"It's very exciting for me and I'm working with a great, great group of people.
"The whole thing about doing it is to try and get people to understand what it's like to work in the film business.
"You very rarely get the chance to just walk in on a professional set, so this is me giving a little bit back, reminding me of my days when I was young and had my own hair and teeth."
Todd has been acting since the tender age of four when he appeared in a Woolworths commercial:
"It's a well renowned commercial – I've got loads of Globes up on my mantelpiece for that one!"
Stars of Tomorrow
It seems the stars of tomorrow may have been born - the pupils have really been inspired by their involvement in the film.
Local lad Stevie said he had enjoyed working with Todd, "It's quite daunting, but you get a professional feel to it.
"You get very motivated to go in and do what you need to do, and get everything sorted. Things need to be in place all the time, so you're always on top of everything all the time. It's a good feeling."
Another student said she would take a lot away from the production process, "It's a really good experience for people my age especially if you want to go into film and television acting.
"They give you a hell of a lot of workshops to do, just to build up your acting techniques and things like that, so it's been a great experience."
The filming is expected to last for five to six weeks, with the film hopefully released next Summer.
Todd has been very impressed with the Hinckley students so far:
"The important part of the moment is I'm working with all these students and if I had a pound for every bit of sweat and enthusiasm that they put into it, I'd be a very rich man. They've been brilliant."
last updated: 03/08/2009 at 15:34
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