Mammoth adventure for young Wirral film fan

Wirral Globe: Catherine Hampton meets Godzilla star Aaron Taylor Johnson Catherine Hampton meets Godzilla star Aaron Taylor Johnson

WIRRAL teenager Catherine Hampton has received a mammoth boost to her film journalism ambitions by gaining an assignment to interview the star and director of the new blockbuster Godzilla.

Catherine, a pupil at Prenton High School for Girls, has been accepted into the Film Talent development programme that gives young people with a passion for film to report cinematic events and interact with influencial people.

She was accepted on the programme after submitting a video application explaining why she wanted to get involved in film.

She travelled to London for a day’s training when she learned about interviewing and film reviewing skills and how to present herself on camera.

Catherine said: "I really enjoy film and one day I want to work in the journalism and film industry.

"The London trip a really good way to prepare for what might happen in the future.

"I've learnt a lot - like research tips and presenting to camera - and I've loved every minute of it."

For her first assignment Catherine was invited back to London to interview the star and director of new sci-fi film Godzilla - actor Aaron Taylor Johnson and director Garth Edwards.

The teenager attended a preview screening of the film to help her prepare her questions before coming face to face with the film duo.

She commented on her experience: "I was expecting it to be really complicated and a lot of hurrying around, but everyone was really warm and welcoming.

"Watching the film beforehand was really good because I could put my thoughts into the question.

"Then I had a chance to practice them in rehearsals which really helped to make me feel confident and relaxed going in to the interview.

"My highlight of the day was definitely meeting Aaron Taylor Johnson because he's great."

Into Film is a UK-wide film and education charity, which contributes to young people’s cultural, creative and personal development through the medium of film.

It is supported by the British Film Institute and received funding from the film industry and other sources.

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