Luke Beer, 13, interviewd stars on the red carpet at the Baftas for Filmclub charity

BIG YIN: Luke Beer interviewing BIlly Connolly

BIG YIN: Luke Beer interviewing BIlly Connolly

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A FILM-mad teenager from Bournemouth lived his dream as he interviewed Hollywood A-listers at the Baftas on Sunday.

Luke Beer, 13, who goes to Harewood College, is a junior reporter for the Filmclub education charity and was chosen to cover the glittering event from the red carpet.

He rubbed shoulders with some of the world’s most seasoned reporters and film critics as he jostled for a chat.

Braving the cold, rain, sleet and snow, he bagged interviews with stars such as Simon Pegg, Billy Connolly and director Tim Burton.

But the night didn’t end when Luke, who was joined by fellow Filmclub reporter Chloe Bingham, 16, took his seat, as he was invited to attend the exclusive press conference for BAFTA winners.

That meant he could add Anne Hathaway, Juno Temple and none other than George Clooney to his list of interviewees.

Luke said: “Co-hosting the Filmclub and Bafta Kids’ Vote coverage of the 2013 EE Bafta Film Awards has to be one highlights of my time at Filmclub.

“It was a fantastic opportunity to be part of such a prestigious event in the awards season, celebrating excellence in film.

“The atmosphere on the red carpet was immense and very chaotic as the sleet and rain meant we had to scan a sea of umbrellas to catch out targets for interview.

“This was in stark contrast to the calm and relaxed environment of the Winners’ Room, where I was lucky enough to pose questions to George Clooney, Anne Hathaway and Juno Temple.

“Attending the awards gave me a real insight into the preparation and organisation needed to produce a successful ceremony – but one thing you cannot predict is the weather!

“Speaking to the nominees and attendees made me realise that they are ordinary people who love film as I do and who have worked hard at their craft. Maybe one day, I’ll be the one being interviewed.”

Luke’s chance came through the charity’s talent development programme, which he was able to enter through being a member of his school’s film club.

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