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Festival honour for Potter film actor

PUBLISHED: 10:27 09 April 2009 | UPDATED: 16:28 25 August 2010

A FILM festival has been renamed in honour of a murdered young actor.

A FILM festival has been renamed in honour of a murdered young actor.

The Bexley Film Festival due to be held this June has been dubbed the Rob Knox Film Festival, after the 18-year-old Harry Potter actor stabbed to death in Sidcup last May.

Amateur film makers were encouraged by organisers Pointless Taxi Productions (PTP) to enter 'community films' that portray knife crime, gangs and alcohol abuse.

The borough's second film festival allows entrants of any age to enter Bexley-made DVD films, with categories including Best Film, Best Editing and Best Director.

Mr Knox, a D&B Bromley School of Performing Arts student of Maidstone Road, Swanley, was stabbed outside Metro Bar by Karl Bishop, 22, shortly after playing Marcus Belby in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.

His mother, Sally, told the Times last Wednesday that she would like to see some money donated to the Rob Knox Memorial Fund spent on artistic youth projects.

She added: "There are a lot of sports projects around to keep youths off the street that do a great job, but not all kids are sporty - my kids took an interest in drama and the arts.

"I have a belief that every kid has something they are good at, but so many are negative because they don't know that."

The Rob Knox Film Festival is due to take place on June 10 at Cineworld, Bexleyheath. Some films may also be screened at the Danson Festival, in July.

Entries should be sent to Pointless Taxi Productions, c/o Neighbourhood Services, 2 Nuxley Road, Belvedere, DA17 5JF by 8 May.

For more information telephone Mick Wearing on 020 8284 5582 or email mick.wearing@bexley.gov.uk.

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