My brother has just found the English version of a Spanish advert I did. I didn’t know there was an English version!
Today I had the day off school, I have had a really bad cold. Yesterday I did my speech exam for Trinity Guildhall and I managed to get through it without coughing. I have my half term exams next week so I am going to have a quiet weekend and get rid of my cold.
Here is a picture of my bird Betty having fun. You can look at the film on http://youtu.be/SiziPLvR9xQ
Last week was mad busy with lots of auditions all at once. At the weekend I was invited to receive a prize and copy of a book produced by Barnet Arts Council as I won a third prize in the 12 to 16 year section of the 2012 poetry competition.
This is my poem.
SHOULD I FIND A GENIE
Should I find a genie in a bottle
Would I set him free
Or would I keep him for myself
A prisoner and a slave to me
Would that be the right thing to do
To watch him sitting there
Alone and maybe very sad
How could that be fair
Would it make me feel guilty
Would it make me sad
Would it make me greedy
Would it make me bad
Could I live with such a burden
Would it bother me
Would it let me rest in peace
Just to let him free
I couldn’t go to the prize giving because I was filming a short film called ‘Platz’ which was written by Jack Tennant and Andrew T Wright (I am not related to Andrew) and directed by Jack Tennant. I had a great time and all the crew were good fun. I was surprised to meet up with Ilona Bou-Habib who played my ‘daughter’ in ‘Once a Man’ and also on set I was glad to meet up again with one of the crew from ‘No Ball Games’. It was nice to bump into people I know. I ate enough jaffa cakes to sink a ship! 🙂
Here is the new website for the short film ‘No Man’s Land’ directed by Oscar Barby. I am really looking forward to filming it soon. It is really interesting, dramatic and sad. This film is based on a true story. nomanslandmovie.co.uk
Here is a piece from Spartacus Educational about boy soldiers.
Hundreds of boys falsified birth dates to meet the minimum age requirements. Desperate for soldiers, recruiting officers did not always check the boy’s details very carefully. A sixteen year-old later told of how he was able to join the army: “The recruiting sergeant asked me my age and when I told him he said, ‘You had better go out, come in again, and tell me different.’ I came back, told him I was nineteen and I was in.” Private E. Lugg was able to join the 13th Royal Sussex Regiment at the age of thirteen.
However, he was not the youngest soldier in the British Army, Private Lewis served at the Somme when he was only twelve. George Maher, who was only 13 at the time, claims that Lewis was too short to see over the edge of the trench.”The youngest was 12 years old. A little nuggety bloke he was, too. We joked that the other soldiers would have had to have lifted him up to see over the trenches.” Maher was eventually arrested: “I was locked up on a train under guard, one of five under-age boys caught serving on the front being sent back to England.”
I went to the screening of Z1 on Thursday at the BFI Southbank. I met up with Kate Hardie who played my mother in the film and we sat together to watch it and we still jumped at the scary bits even though we knew what was coming. Then we had lunch in the BFI River Front restaurant and I had a great burger and there were a lot of people there. I then went to the afternoon screening and met up with Steven Mackintosh who played my dad. Everybody was very quiet throughout the film and it was a tense atmosphere. The director, Gabriel Gauchet was really happy and everybody said it was really scary and creepy which is great.
I have been off school this week and I had two auditions. On the way to one of them I bumped into Lucinda Prince @loobee-loo, she played my mum in ‘Black Spots’ and a short while back I met Kate Hardie @KateHardie2 on the tube and she played my mum in Z1. Of all the hundreds of people on the tube it’s funny bumping in to two ‘mums’.
Talking of Z1 I am really looking forward to going to the screening on the 28th February at the British Film Institute. I had the chance to play somebody completely different. I am a right nasty piece of work although my real mum says ‘I look like butter wouldn’t melt’ . I can’t wait to see the reaction on peoples faces when I start doing my stuff. Nasty!!! Gabriel Gauchet, is an award winning director and we are all meeting up for the screening on the South Bank.
This weekend I met up with Lais who comes from Germany. I played the young Rob Cole and Lais played my sister in ‘The Physician’ and she is 7 years old. We went to Regents Park and it was very cold but we still had a good time. Then Lais and her mum came to stay at our place for the night. Then she went to visit her relatives who live in London. We hope to go to Berlin for the screening of ‘The Physician’ and I will see her again then.