Movie-mad Aberdeen teenager wins prestigious film award

Euan Hao with actor Jason Isaacs, left, and CBBC’s Radzi Chinyanganya
Euan Hao with actor Jason Isaacs, left, and CBBC’s Radzi Chinyanganya

A film-mad schoolboy has taken home a prestigious award at a national ceremony.

Euan Hao, who attends Bucksburn Academy, was crowned Into Film’s Club Member of the Year at a star-studded ceremony.

Charity Into Film runs programmes for children aged five to 19 and aims to promote learning through movies.

The 13-year-old won the award after coming up with a school movie magazine which collects reviews from the club’s 25 members.

Bucksburn Academy’s movie club

The group screens movies twice a week at lunchtimes and encourages youngsters to develop their writing skills by penning a review.

In his application for the prize, Euan said: “I am a frequent member of Bucksburn Film Club and I am the leading film reviewer.

“I have written over 30 reviews and I sometimes help our leader Mr Armitage run film club.

“I encourage everyone to do their best and have fun as well as work hard.

I always try to do my best no matter what and I get a lot of support from everyone else.”

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He cited Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, The Pursuit of Happyness and Black Panther as some of his favourite movies.

The school club, led by teacher Stephen Armitage, was also nominated for Into Film Club of the Year in the secondary category.

Movies that have proved a hit with the kids include Bond blockbuster Casino Royale and Marvel’s superhero series.

Big names from the film industry also attended yesterday’s glitzy ceremony at London’s Leicester Square Odeon Luxe, including Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne, Hugh Bonneville, Rhys Ifans and David Walliams.

Actor Michael Sheen, who is an ambassador for Into Film, said: “The Into Film Awards are a great moment for young people across the UK, from greatly varying backgrounds, to be celebrated for their creativity and achievements in film and filmmaking.

“They are an important reminder, at an important time, that talent is everywhere and film and the arts have a huge role to play in young people’s lives and learning.”