A teenager from Hayes interviewed some of the biggest stars in the movie industry when she took to the red carpet at the BAFTAs.
Film-mad Uxbridge College student Eronita Bequiri was chosen to report at the UK’s most prestigious film awards ceremony for Into Film, the education charity supported by the British Film Industry (BFI) through lottery funding.
The 17-year-old spoke to Patricia Arquette, who scooped Best Supporting Actress for Boyhood, supporting actor winner JK Simmons, and British film director Amma Asante.
She has been involved with Into Film since it launched in 2014, and is a regular on the charity’s YouTube channel Get Into Film.
The student said afterwards: “I've always seen the BAFTAs, and I want to do acting so seeing these people win it, walking across the red carpet, and with me walking on it too, it gives me more motivation to work hard at what I'm doing.
“I don't think I'm ever going to believe that I walked on the red carpet.”
When the charity launched last year, Eronita interviewed BAFTA winner Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything).
She joined the Into Film Talent Development programme through her school film club, and has since interviewed actors including Jeremy Irvine (War Horse, The Woman In Black 2), Sir Ben Kingsley (Gandhi, Schindler’s List) and Helena Bonham Carter (The King’s Speech, Harry Potter), as well as directors Mohammad-Ali Talebi, Celine Sciamma and Jean-Pierre Jeunet.
Into Film is an education charity that seeks to put film at the heart of young people’s learning and promote the use of film as a powerful education resource.
Into Film Clubs are free for all state-funded schools and non-school settings and offer free access to thousands of films and education resources about film and filmmaking for learning through and about film, as well as learning about the film industry and careers within it.
Eronita was joined on the red carpet with fellow Into Film reporter Harry at the glittering Royal Opera House ceremony on February 8.
Any school wanting to set up a free film club can go online or call 0207 288 4520.