Film critic Phoebe set for awards

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TALENTED Phoebe Ditchburn is set for the bright lights and red carpet after being nominated for a film critic award – at just five years old!

Like most youngsters her age, Phoebe loves nothing more than a Disney film.

Phoebe Ditchburn

Phoebe Ditchburn

But it was her creative work after watching a film which impressed a panel of judges.

The Brougham Primary School pupil is now set for a trip to the capital for a glitzy awards evening at the home of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), in Piccadilly.

Phoebe is one of just four youngsters nationwide in her category to be nominated and will find out whether she has won the Young Film Critic 2011 prize when she attends the ceremony on Tuesday.

She will make the trip south with her mum and dad, Lauren, 27, and Lee, 40, and Rachel Biggins, a higher level teaching assistant at Brougham Primary School, in Hartlepool.

“We’re absolutely over the moon,” beamed Lauren, 27, who lives in Dyke House, Hartlepool, with double glazing salesman Lee, Phoebe and son Joshua, two.

The nomination came about after Phoebe took part in activities to mark National Schools Film Week, in October last year.

After watching the Disney film The Princess and the Frog, Phoebe, along with around 90 other pupils, produced their own poster based on what they had seen on the big screen.

All of the posters were sent off to Film Education as entries to the Young Film Critic Award and staff and pupils were delighted to find out Phoebe had been nominated.

Mrs Biggins said: “Phoebe’s work was absolutely exceptional but to get nominated, it’s absolutely fantastic.

“She always told me that she wasn’t very good at drawing but I think she knows now how talented she is, she is really excited.

“It’s the first time we have entered as a school so to get a nomination is amazing.”

Phoebe will be up against youngsters from Dumfries, in Scotland, Rochdale and Cambridgeshire in the four to seven-year-old category.

Mum Lauren, who is currently unemployed, said: “We are all excited now.

“We are going to go and see Big Ben, the London Eye and all of the sights as well which will be nice.

“It’s going to be a brilliant experience for Phoebe.

“If she won, it would just be brilliant.”