Focus on budding filmmaker, 12

Lights, camera, action, twelve year old film maker, Harvey Newton, from Smalley.
Lights, camera, action, twelve year old film maker, Harvey Newton, from Smalley.

You wouldn’t have to be a film buff to remember when a clever so-and-so recorded Christian Bale shouting at his film crew during an absolute meltdown while filming Terminator Salvation.

Some might say a film star’s not a proper film star until they have had a totally undeserved rant at an unsuspecting dogsbody.

And you could argue that by the age of 36 Christian Bale had earned the right to have a random mood on-set - he appeared in his first major film aged 12.

And one budding film-maker from Smalley, also aged 12, who is more likely to be on the receiving end of a Bale-style rant has just had a taste of life behind the lens.

Harvey Newton, of Sitwell Close, has just appeared on CBBC’s All Over the Workplace - a show which allows children to experience a day in the life of their dream job.

The Heanor Gate Science College pupil got to visit and work on the set of the film Paddington 2 and BBC hospital drama Casualty.

Plucky youth Harvey bested hordes of others during two audition stages, including an interview, to appear on the show.

He said: “It was a bit nerve-wracking but the interview went well. They asked me why I wanted to be a film-maker and about any films I had made before.

“It was a nice experience and they gave me good feedback and it could lead to some work experience later on.

“My overall ambition is to be a director but I know I’ll have to start off as a camera assistant or a runner.”

Harvey’s mum, Emma, 44, said the whole family was extremely proud of Harvey.

“He has always been interested in anything to do with entertainment but we always went no holiday to places like Butlins,” she said.

“He started off with dancing and musical theatre but has got more into what goes on behind the scenes with filming and directing now. I am just glad he has the focus to know what he wants to do.”

Harvey, who has appeared on-screen in the BBC’s Doctors, Casualty and Father Brown and zombie film the Girl With All The Gifts, now has his sights set on a competition to write and direct his own film.

He said: “I’ve written the script and am sorting out the actors at the moment - I hope to start filming in March.”

For more information, visit https://filmcompetition.org.uk.