Star qual­ity

Young­ster lands film role

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Jonathan Ged­des

A Ca l d e rwo o d Pri­mary pupil has been act­ing up lately - af­ter land­ing a key role in a short film for Epilepsy Scot­land.

Ella Ri­ley, 12, goes to Smith’s Theatre in East Kil­bride, and was hand­picked to ap­pear in I Am Me.

The story shows a boy be­ing bul­lied be­cause of his epilepsy, and Ella plays a girl who is up­set at her dad not do­ing any­thing to stop the bul­ly­ing.

Her proud dad in real life, Mark said: “She’s a very shy girl,but she loves her act­ing classes.

“It’s a re­ally im­por­tant mes­sage so ob­vi­ously we were de­lighted at her be­ing picked for it.

“Ca l d e r w o o d is e xt remely good at the Bridgeton Burns com­pe­ti­tions and she’s taken part in that be­fore, so I think that’s given her a lot of con­fi­dence to do more things like act­ing.”

The film was first screened at Pais­ley Town House at the start of March, and Epilepsy Scot­land are hop­ing the film will be used across the coun­try.

How­ever, Ella was too shy to watch the first show­ing.

Mark added: ”She won’t look at it - I think she was a wee bit ner­vous about see­ing her­self. The di­rec­tor was say­ing how im­pressed he was that she was ac­tu­ally tak­ing di­rec­tion so well - he said that some­times chil­dren do their own thing, but Ella was very re­spon­sive.”

Craig Smith, who runs Smith’s Theatre School with his brother and also teaches at Stonelaw High, was pleased to see her do­ing so well. He added: “She’s very promis­ing and she’s re­ally tal­ented.

“The di­rec­tor Gavin Sin­clair picked her out for the role him­self. She’s qui­etly con­fi­dent, she’s not over the top but she comes to life when she’s per­form­ing.

“This will hope­fully be rolled out in pri­mary schools as it teaches kids not to judge peo­ple.”

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