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Youngster lands lead role in anti-knife crime film

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 05, 2014

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A YOUNGSTER from a Burton school is set to make his professional acting debut in an anti-knife crime film.

Fifteen-year-old Jordan Smith was handpicked from 300 budding actors to play the lead role in Stereotype.

Producers behind the film said the youngster, who attends Abbot Beyne School, in Winshill, has a ‘bright future’ ahead of him in the film industry.

The news comes after the Mail revealed that a pupil from the school had been suspended for bringing a knife into school – just one day after a teacher was stabbed to death in Leeds.

Rebecca McGibney, one of the film’s co-directors, said: “We looked at a lot of young actors from across the East Midlands and even further afield.

“The main thing we were looking for was honesty in the performance.

“On the basis of what we saw with Jordan, he has a bright future.”

Fellow co-director Jordan McGibney said: “His experience didn’t matter – both Rebecca and I are relishing the opportunity of working with such a raw talent.

“We’ll make sure that Jordan has all the support he needs throughout rehearsals and the shoot itself, and it’ll up to him to show as much commitment and dedication to the role as he did in the auditions.

“The hard work starts here.”

Stereotype is based around a teenage boy, armed with a flick knife, who journeys into the night to vent the mourning of his brother’s murder.

Abbot Beyne School looks set to continue its tradition of producing acting talent, with Paddy Considine – writer and director of critically acclaimed Tyrannosaur – one of its former pupils.

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