Film's BAFTA glory

HOLLYWOOD A-listers were treated to some front room footage shot in a sleepy Somerset hamlet. Neil Kendall had his 60 seconds of fame when a one-minute film

HOLLYWOOD A-listers were treated to some front room footage shot in a sleepy Somerset hamlet. Neil Kendall had his 60 seconds of fame when a one-minute film, made by Neil and his friend Tom Verran, aged 24, was shown at the Bafta awards in London recently. Neil, also aged 24, from Clewer, near Wedmore, got the chance to rub shoulders with the film world's elite when he was declared a regional runner-up in the Orange 60 Seconds of Fame competition.The London Metropolitan Film School student said: "The whole red carpet experience was very surreal. I was really anxious in the run-up and everything seemed to happen in a whirlwind. When I was walking down the red carpet, Sienna Miller and Jonathan Ross brushed past me. It was all totally unbelievable."Neil and Tom's film was among the work of 15 regional finalists which were shown on a big screen in Covent Garden. The film, Celebrate, was selected as the entry for the west. They were then invited to watch the Bafta awards ceremony and enjoyed an after-show dinner and party. The film was shot in Neil's living room one day in December and stars his sister Susanne, aged 26, and her friend Zack Polanski. After waiting to see the results of a pregnancy test, the female character is saddened and the male character celebrates when the result turns out to be negative. Tom said: "I spotted Dominic Monaghan at the Baftas. I'm a huge fan of Lord of the Rings and Lost so that was amazing. We had a great time at the awards but I was a little bit hung over on Monday." Susanne is currently touring with a theatre group which is performing Shakespearean plays in schools throughout England. She said: "It'll be nice to quote on my CV that I was in a film shown at the Baftas. I was doing a pantomime in London at the time, and we only had one day off a week, so I rushed back to Wedmore to film it."Neil added: "I don't think the paparazzi knew who we were. We tried to hang around on the red carpet for about 20 minutes, but people were just looking at us thinking 'who are they?'"Susanne and Neil both grew up in Wedmore, and went to Wedmore First School, Hugh Sexey Middle School and Kings of Wessex School.


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