National premiere for young Wirral filmmaker

Milo McAleny

Milo McAleny

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A YOUNG Wirral filmmaker's latest work has been premiered on one of the country’s biggest silver screens.

Milo McAleny was lead camera operator on short film Dust, which was shown on the British Film Institute's Imax on London’s South Bank.

The 16-year-old part of the 11-strong crew and was chosen from thousands of applicants to take part in a prestigious national training scheme through Liverpool arts centre FACT.

The course gives young people the opportunity to learn from industry experts like Academy Award winner Tim Webber who took home an Oscar for his work on Gravity.

Milo, a student at St Mary’s College in Wallasey, worked on the film alongside ten other hand-picked students from all over the UK.

She has been making films of her own since first taking part in the British Film Institute Academy last year.

With the help of friends and fellow students at St Mary's, she has built up a library of short films on Youtube – some comic, some dramatic, and some which she says are 'darkly experimental'.

Said Milo: "It was incredible to see my camerawork on such a massive screen as the Imax.

“I definitely want to follow a career in film and cinematography now. I feel very passionate about it.

"I just love the process of setting up shots and creating exactly the kind of effect you’re after.”

Milo and her fellow film students were presented with their certificates at a ceremony in London by the BFI’s chief executive Amanda Nevill and Nik Powell, director of the National Film and Television School.

It is the second time that Liverpool’s FACT has been selected to become a BFI Film Academy – one of 38 cultural venues in the UK.

Keen young film makers can find out more on their website:

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