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Children and young people in West London were recently offered insight into the world of Hollywood film thanks to an in-school visit and Q&A session with British actress Carey Mulligan.
Pupils from Greenside Primary School and Hammersmith Academy in London got to pose their questions to The Great Gatsby actress in an exclusive Q&A event.
Film is an amazing learning tool - it enables people to understand more about events, history, society and much more.Carey Mulligan
Carey, having recently played a schoolteacher in the hit play Skylight, turned real life mentor to 200 students, talking frankly about her career, inspirations and how others can get into film. Having worked with Greenside Primary School headteacher Karen Bastick-Styles from her time on stage, Carey was keen to visit the headteacher's school with us and help young people use film as a cultural and educational tool.
It is not everyday they have the chance to engage with an actor such as Carey and get a unique insight into the world of film from behind the lens, and I hope that it will be a real inspiration to them.Greenside Primary Headteacher Karen Bastick-Styles
Speaking about her time acting in school, Carey revealed that she rarely got lead roles in school. "I always loved acting and singing and took part in a lot of musicals in school. I was in The King And I and I think that was my first ever performance. But I never got the lead roles. They went to other pupils." Speaking of the potential filmmaking offers young people, Carey also urged young people to see beyond the traditional roles of actor and director. "I want to inspire young people to get into film because of the art behind it ' the filming, the editing, the crew - and not just because of the by-product of celebrity."
We'd like to thank Carey Mulligan for joining us as part of our latest in-school visit, hopefully we've inspired a new generation of filmmakers.