A short movie about discrimination made by an aspiring Willesden film-maker has been treated to a glitzy premiere at a top West End cinema.
Timothy Unzola, 22 of Essex Road, Brent was just one of seven young people to win the opportunity to make a five-minute film about issues affecting teenagers.
His work, Waiting Room, was shown alongside four others at an exclusive screening held at the Odeon in Covent Garden on October 21 and attended by a number of celebrities, including actress Anne Hathaway.
Mr Unzola said: "The film is based on the idea of discrimination and the way people in different ways perceive each other."
The whole of the short takes place in a waiting room and shows two men waiting for the outcome of a job interview.
Mr Unzola first heard about the competition via an email from directors he had worked with on his play Belongings at Hampstead Theatre, Swiss Cottage.
He entered on the off-chance and was surprised to get a call back.
Mr Unzola said: "The rest all happened very fast."
Mr Unzola developed the film together with Thomas Grigg, another aspiring filmmaker.
The two wrote the script in a day and Waiting Room was filmed in a week, under tough time constraints.
The prize for the pair was the screening of the film at a West End premiere.
Mr Unzola said: "The whole experience was great. It didn't hit me until I arrived and then saw the red carpet and all the celebrities around me.
"I felt great, it was a such shock to be there, as I had only entered on the off-chance."
He is now writing a feature television script and plans to remake the short film for his own personal showroom, crediting Mr Grigg too, for his contribution.
Mr Unzola wishes to pursue his career in film further, as a writer and producer.
The competition was set up by a charity called 'Get Connected', which aims to help 16-25-year-olds with personal problems.
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