A BUDDING young journalist from Solihull has broadcast his first ever interview with best-selling writer David Nicholls.
Nicholls, who created the latest adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations - a film starring Helena Bonham Carter and Ralph Fiennes, released last month - was quizzed about the challenges of writing for the big screen by 13-year-old George Clarke.
“It was my first interview- I was a bit nervous,” said the Lyndon School pupil.
“David Nicholls was a brilliant person to interview. Doing the live webcast has definitely given me a confidence boost about appearing in front of a camera and being in front of people.”
George was selected earlier this year from hundreds of applicants to be a young reporter for education charity FILMCLUB. He received training as part of its Talent Development Scheme before he was invited to do the interview, broadcast live online.
Nicholls, who also wrote best selling book and film One Day, among many others, said of George: “You would never know that this was a new thing for him. I couldn’t have done this at his age, I would have been a nervous wreck! He was incredibly professional, it was very impressive.”
FILMCLUB now operates in 7,000 schools to provide free access to a creative professional and a curated catalogue of films from a hundred years of cinema. For information about starting the scheme in your school, visit www.filmclub.org