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We're delighted to announce Thaddea Graham, one of Northern Ireland's most talented young actors, as our latest Into Film Ambassador.
She joins Sir Kenneth Branagh as an Ambassador in Northern Ireland, boosting our work and using film to enrich young people's educational and cultural development. Our Ambassadors are an ever-growing group of actors, directors and film industry professionals who share our aim of inspiring the next generation of talent. Other ambassadors include Eddie Redmayne, Lashana Lynch and Rhys Ifans.
Thaddea Graham is the star of hit BBC3 drama Wreck, has appeared in BBC dramas Us and Doctor Who, and just finished filming the latest series of Sex Education.
Opening the door even further to the industry at home is something I've always felt extremely passionate about, so I am deeply honoured and proud to be a Northern Ireland ambassador for Into Film.Thaddea Graham, Into Film Northern Ireland Ambassador
Graham's new ambassador role was announced as she visited Ashfield Girls High School in East Belfast to launch our new Story Builder Key Stage 3 resource, which encourages young people to consider a career in the screen industries by developing their interest in storytelling and film. Sean Kelly of Into Film Northern Ireland said that Graham's visit would hopefully inspire more girls to consider a career in film and become the next generation of young female actors, directors, writers, producers and technicians.
We are delighted that Thaddea has become the second Northern Irish Ambassador for Into Film. She is an incredible talent and her success shows that there are fantastic opportunities for a career in the screen industries in Northern Ireland.Sean Kelly, Into Film Northern Ireland
Speaking about her new role, Thaddea Graham said she was keen to promote careers within the TV and Film Industry in Northern Ireland, and would particularly like to see more young women follow her path. "I'm so grateful to have spent the afternoon with the pupils at Ashfield", said Graham. "There is such a wealth of talent there, and it only solidified my belief that we need to encourage and support our young people by giving them the tools and opportunities to tell their own stories. I was so inspired by their very intelligent, heartfelt, emotionally rich and wildly creative pitches, and found their imagination to be very infectious. It's such a joy to watch them create and develop their own unique voices that need to be heard."
During her visit, Graham spoke about her experiences to around 120 pupils in Year 10, and as they begin to make choices for their GCSEs, it is our hope that some will be inspired to choose subjects such as Moving Image Arts, Media and Drama, which can provide a pathway into one of Northern Ireland's leading industries.
Tracy Rossborough, who is Head of Media and Moving Image at Ashfield Girls' High School, has worked closely with Into Film to inspire her students, and was confident that Graham's visit would encourage more young girls to look to a career in the screen industries. "Over the years, Ashfield Girls' has built up a strong Media and Moving Image department with a great deal of support from Into Film. They have provided filmmaking opportunities, industry placements and workshops with a range of successful experts in the area of media and film for the students and this had led to an increase in the uptake of these two subjects. The practical, hands-on element of these two creative subjects has opened many doors for our girls."
I am confident that having a role model and Ambassador such as Thaddea will only serve to encourage more young women to pursue a career in this exciting industry.Tracy Rossborough, Head of Media and Moving Image at Ashfield Girls' High School
Starting from the 2023 financial year, we've been awarded £12.5m 'good cause' National Lottery funding over three years to deliver the BFI's education strategy.
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Our exciting programme of special events includes talks and workshops from the likes of Film4, MUBI, Deaf Talent Collective, Sheffield DocFest and more.
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Excerpts or whole recordings of up to a hundred documentaries, dramas and short films will be available on our free streaming service, Into Film+
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