A TEENAGE film fan from Port Erin followed the yellow brick road right to London’s Leicester Square to interview the stars of new film Oz the Great and Powerful for UK education charity Filmclub.
Castle Rushen High School student Cameron Ledingham, aged 13, relished his role as a junior reporter for the charity, which helps schools set up film clubs to promote learning through film and look behind the scenes of the film industry.
He said: ‘The premiere was really good. I was nervous to start off with but I was fine. It was busier than I thought it would be because when you see them on the telly they don’t look that bad, but when you actually get there it’s a whole different experience.’
During the evening Cameron spoke to stars of the movie – a prequel to the famous 1939 film The Wizard of Oz – including James Franco (Spiderman trilogy, 127 Hours, Rise of the Planet of the Apes), Rachel Weisz (The Mummy, About A Boy, The Constant Gardener) and Zach Braff (Scrubs, Garden State, The Last Kiss) as well as director Sam Raimi.
Cameron revealed: ‘My favourite interview was with the director Sam Raimi because he actually came back to speak to me for the interview as he was rushing in!’
He added: ‘The experience has helped with my confidence quite a bit, plus its really helped me to understand more about how the film industry works. This has been a big help to me.’
Cameron was selected from hundreds of applicants and received special training as part of Filmclub’s talent development scheme.
His interviews and premiere report will feature on the website www.filmclub.org for the charity’s 220,000 strong membership to watch.
See page 22 of today’s Manx Independent to read a full review of Oz the Great and Powerful, which is now showing at the Palace Cinema in Douglas.