Caleb, our Year 7 movie star!
A Bridge Learning Campus student is one of two young stars to feature in a movie being shot in South Bristol this summer.
Caleb, 11, was selected out of 75 local hopefuls to play the lead role in ‘Shiney’ – a short film about a day in the life of two South Bristol youngsters, written and directed by filmmaker Paul Holbrook, who is from the local area.
When Caleb’s mum spotted a call on social media for children to audition for the film, the Year 7 thought his chances of being casted were slim. This was Caleb’s first ever acting audition and he has only ever performed in drama lessons at school.
But Caleb turned up to the first audition at Hareclive E-ACT Academy, his old primary school, alongside more than 70 auditionees, and was delighted when he made it through to the final round of auditions.
After acting out various scenes from the film in front of a camera, he was then chosen out of three boys to play the leading role.
The film will be shot over four days in Hartcliffe and Whitchurch and has received funding from the BFI NETWORK and extra financial support from the local community partnership.
Caleb will be starring as Ant and alongside co-star Katie Francis, they will be stepping into the shoes of two friends who are on a mission to protect their shiney football sticker.
Speaking about when he found out the good news, Caleb said: “I remember coming home from school and I was playing my video game, when my mum got an email to say that I had got the role. My first thought was, ‘oh my god’. My mum was really happy.
“I feel very excited about being in a film because I really didn’t think I would get it, or I had a chance. I never thought about acting before this chance came up.”
In an interview with the Bristol Post, Mr Holbrook said the children had “bags and bags of talent, enthusiasm and passion” and recognised how “willing, excited and happy” they were to take part in the process.