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Little Spielberg' claims film gong

PUBLISHED: 16:58 14 April 2010 | UPDATED: 09:57 12 August 2010

A YOUNG film maker dubbed the little Spielberg is celebrating picking up a national film industry award.

A YOUNG film maker dubbed the "little Spielberg" is celebrating picking up a national film industry award.

Adam Beveridge, 17, of Beckford Drive, Orpington, has been awarded Best Junior Entry at the British International Amateur Film Festival for his short World War Two film Deception, which also received four stars by the panel.

The A-level student conceived the idea for the film in May last year with his friend Sam Brown, who stars as a member of the Gestapo.

Mr Beveridge, who set his film in Southampton Docks and who will be presented with his prize at a ceremony in Bedford on Sunday, said: "It felt amazing to find out I'd won the award.

"I started making films when I was a little kid.

"My dad was a photographer, so I always had a camera in my hand growing up."

After making films in his bedroom, Mr Beveridge, together with Mr Brown, turned to the Orpington Video Film Makers' Club (OVFM) when they were just 11 years old.

Mr Beveridge said: "We were really scared about going, as the other members were all more than 40 years old.

"But, we really learnt from everyone there and they started calling us the little Spielbergs."

The pair decided to make the award-winning Deception after winning prizes from the OVFM and Kent Film Festival for previous films.

After borrowing money from family and friends, the pair began filming their war epic on the Isle of Wight while on holiday celebrating the end of their GCSE exams last year.

They finished filming in a prestigious building at the Chatham Historic Dockyard which was also used as the backdrop for Guy Ritchie's blockbuster Sherlock Holmes. Mr Beveridge, who is studying for AS-levels in Film, Business, English and Maths at Darrick Wood school in Orpington, said: "In the end, I only had a week to edit all the footage and submit the film to the judges.

"I had to work on it every night after school, so I was really fed up, but I think it was worth it.

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