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Future Stars Get the Red Carpet Treatment

Author: Haley Storey Published: 5th December 2017 12:51

 Felicia Mukasa is photographed on the red carpetBudding TV and film stars in Portsmouth got a taste of the celebrity life at a red carpet premiere to show off their work this year.

 Young stars sign autographsThe UK Film Academy students arrived at the Odeon in Port Solent in style last night as they stepped out of their limousines and onto the red carpet to cheers and requests for autographs.

The event was the celebration of the year's work and to show the films they had made to family and friends.

Founder of the academy, Louisa Bromley, who is an actress and has worked in the West End, started the academy twelve years ago. She explained, "When I retired I decided I was going to focus on TV and film for kids as the industry wants children with experience.

"Each term the children make a variety of film projects from musical to horror films. We've started to do a reality show now so it's all sorts of things you would see on the screen."

The academy is open to children aged from five to seventeen and one student will be starring alongside Sarah Lancashire in a UK drama next year called Kiri. Felicia Mukasa, 9, said she was delighted to be picked and loves attending the classes. "Not only is it about acting, it's about having fun in the role and participating and playing. It's not like the oldest always get the parts. Everyone is included."

Felicia's mum, Debbie Makumbi, whose son also attend the classes, said, "It's helped develop their talents as young actors. When they first joined, they had the confidence but they didn't know how to run through a script, how to memorise a scripy, how to keep up appointments and how to put on a professional look. Felicia has had two jobs now and it's been wonderful. The progress has been great."

Louisa added, "Because I do a lot of film and television, I have a lot of casting directors and agents that come to my class quite regularly on the look out for children for films so there are genuine opportunities for the kids."

Nicola Loader whose son, Oakley, has ambitions of being in Hollywood and has taken part in several auditions, said, "I think that there is a lot of potential to come out of it. They can choose whether to do it for fun and just enjoy themselves or to take it further and be attached to an agent."

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 Students arrive in their limousine

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