Bexleyheath student hits red carpet to interview Sofia Coppola

PUBLISHED: 09:43 10 July 2013 | UPDATED: 09:43 10 July 2013

Caroline Elms (left) with Sofia Coppola

Caroline Elms (left) with Sofia Coppola


Bexleyheath student turned star reporter Caroline Elms has interviewed Hollywood director Sofia Coppola about her new film The Bling Ring for education charity FILMCLUB.

Film mad 17-year-old Caroline - who has just finished her final year at Townley Grammar School - was invited to interview the director last week.

She attended a preview screening of the film to help her to prepare her questions, before attending the film’s junket at a central London hotel where she came face-to-face with Academy Award-winner Coppola, daughter of the legendary director Francis Ford Coppola.

The teen, who was the only junior reporter to scoop a chat with the director, quizzed Sofia about The Bling Ring, which stars Harry Potter star Emma Watson and follows a story based on real-life events about a group of fame-obsessed teenagers who rob celebrities homes in Los Angeles to fund their own lifestyles.

The director, whose previous credits include Lost In Translation, The Virgin Suicides, told Caroline about her inspiration to make the story into a film, how she worked with the young cast and also gave the teen her advice on becoming a filmmaker.

Coppola said: “I feel that it (celebrity) has become such a big part of our culture that I wanted to show the experience of these kids and then let the audience decide how they feel about it and think about what’s important to them, not tell them how to think about it but as something to look at and see what is important to you.”

Caroline: “Meeting Sofia was incredible as it was great to hear from such an acclaimed female director. Listening to her tips on film making was really inspiring and has definitely motivated me to get into the film industry!”

The student was given this opportunity through the FILMCLUB Talent Development Programme – which enables young people to take part in, and learn through, film industry events and interviews.

Caroline is one of several members from Townley Grammar School who have been involved in the programme over the last year and her previous assignments include reporting from the premieres of Les Misérables and Hitchcock and interviewing Dame Helen Mirren, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Gemma Arterton and Eddie Redmayne.

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