“Dear First Choice… I really want to be a film maker” – THE LITTLE GIRL’S LETTER THAT LED TO A MOVIE MAKING MASTERCLASS WITH STAR
MIDDLESBROUGH SCHOOLGIRL GETS THE ULTIMATE SURPRISE FROM MENTOR, MARTIN KEMP
- All-inclusive travel company receives a heart-warming letter from 10 year old, Beth Ward urging them to watch her homemade holiday film, and helps to turn her big screen film ambitions into a reality
- Much-loved British star, Martin Kemp secretly met with Beth in a London studio for a movie making masterclass to help transform the holiday footage into a professional film
- Kemp surprises Beth and her school mates at her primary school in Darlington to premiere the “Beth in Mexico” film during assembly
Schoolgirl, Beth Ward was given the ultimate work experience this week when all-inclusive travel company First Choice responded to her post-holiday letter urging the company to watch her homemade movie on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJ6YPNPUuWs&t=14s).
Ten year old Beth wrote: “I really want to be a film maker. So my mam helped me make a small movie on my laptop to share with everyone […] I hope you enjoy watching it as much as I enjoyed making it.”
The youngster received a direct response from Nick Longman, Managing Director of First Choice’s parent company, TUI UK and Ireland. In his letter, Mr Longman replied:
“Your video has become the talk of the office. Everyone was very impressed with all the effort that you have made – we think you’ve got real talent. It looks like you and your family had a fantastic time on your holiday and enjoyed every moment.”
First Choice was so impressed with Beth’s holiday footage they called upon the help of actor, producer and TV mentor Martin Kemp, to help her add some movie magic to her film and take it from Beth’s YouTube channel to the box office. It was the perfect pairing, with the two meeting in a London studio in secret for the ultimate movie making masterclass.
Beth’s enthusiasm during their time together spurred the star to travel to the youngster’s hometown of Darlington to surprise her and premiere her holiday movie during Barley Fields Primary School assembly, where the red carpet was rolled out and the cinematic production unveiled, much to the delight of her teachers and school friends.
Beth Ward said: “I’m a massive film fan and spend lots of time trying to make movies on my laptop. I decided to make a film of our holiday in Mexico, with help from my family, and thought it was quite good so sent it to First Choice to see what they thought too. I couldn’t believe it when they arranged for me to meet Martin Kemp. He’s awesome on TV and I’m still so excited I got the opportunity to work with him on my movie”.
Martin Kemp said: “We live in an age when kids can take their talents in any direction. Whether it’s a pop star, a scientist, a doctor or a YouTube sensation – opportunities are there for anyone with the enthusiasm and commitment to go that extra mile.
“When First Choice contacted me with Beth’s letter and holiday video, I was impressed by her personality and passion. She’s only 10 years old but really brought her holiday experience to life which takes huge imagination. It’s been an honour to help nurture her talent and I can’t wait to see where she goes next with her film making skills.”
“Beth in Mexico” will be shown in Vue nationwide this spring.
You can follow Beth and Martin’s journey with First Choice here: www.firstchoice.co.uk/beth-and-martin