A school pupil from Milton Keynes has experienced her own cinematic close-up when she got the chance to interview the stars of new film The Huntsman: Winter’s War.
Fourteen-year-old Milton Keynes girl Maya John, who attends Thornton College in Bucks, was invited to take part in the special assignment as part of her role on the Into Film Young Reporter Programme.
The teenager travelled to London, where she saw a preview screening of the film to help her prepare her questions before coming face to face with superstar Hemsworth who is best known for his role as Thor in the Marvel films, Emily Blunt (Into The Woods, Looper), Rob Brydon (Cinderella, The Trip), Nick Frost (Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead) and Alexandra Roach (Testament of Youth, Cuban Fury).
Following 2012’s Snow White and the Huntsman, mythical epic The Huntsman: Winter’s War tells the tale of Eric (Hemsworth) and Sara who set out to defeat two evil sisters determined to conquer the land.
Speaking about the fun he had working alongside comedians Nick Frost and Rob Brydon, Hemsworth told Maya: “Rob especially, would do impressions of me constantly which were somewhat… not favourable, but those guys were great!”
Young reporter Maya also had a stand out interview with Golden Globe Award-winner Emily Blunt, which she clearly enjoyed.
“I had a good laugh with Emily Blunt, she definitely thought about all of my questions and gave a straight answer, it was more like a conversation than an interview and I liked that,” Maya said.
“When I asked her about what she could see on set for her powers, she told me not very much! I thought that was funny because that shows how good an actress she is!”
Maya’s interviews are featured on the Into Film website for its 300,000+ members to view, and on the charity’s YouTube Channel. The teenager was given this opportunity through Into Film’s Young Reporter Programme, which enables young people with a passion for film to report from film industry events and interact with inspirational people whilst still in education.
A spokesman for Into Film said the organisation is an education charity that seeks to put film at the heart of young people’s learning and promote the use of film as a powerful education resource.
A spokesman said: “The Into Film Clubs are free for all state funded schools and non-school settings and offer free access to thousands of films and education resources about film and filmmaking for learning through and about film, as well as learning about the film industry and careers within it. It is inclusive and accessible for all students regardless of their background or ability, film clubs help promote young people’s educational, social, moral, spiritual and cultural development.”
Schools and colleges are invited to start a free film club by visiting: www.intofilm.org/schools-film-clubs or calling 0207 288 4520.