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Little Voice speaks out to movie buff students

PUBLISHED: 11:37 03 December 2009 | UPDATED: 17:23 25 August 2010

Q&A: Jane Horrocks with Plumstead Manor School pupils.

Q&A: Jane Horrocks with Plumstead Manor School pupils.

A STAR who made her name playing a dizzy secretary in the hit TV show Absolutely Fabulous has given her expertise to students. Jane Horrocks took time out from her new Annie Get Your Gun show at The Young Vic, Waterloo, to answer questions from Plumstead

A STAR who made her name playing a dizzy secretary in the hit TV show Absolutely Fabulous has given her expertise to students.

Jane Horrocks took time out from her new Annie Get Your Gun show at The Young Vic, Waterloo, to answer questions from Plumstead Manor School's FilmClub members.

The club has a national framework and aims to get young people aged 11 to 14 switched onto cinema.

Plumstead Manor's FilmClub leader is English and media teacher Katherine Brickley.

After attending one of the club's national training days for teachers, she helped establish a club at the school, which runs on Tuesday afternoons. Ms Brickley said: "Just before the summer holidays, we got an email saying FilmClub would offer us a chance to meet up with Jane Horrocks.

"Students have done some research about her and some of them are especially interested because Jane played Lady Macbeth and they've been studying it for GCSE."

Ms Horrocks told the pupils: "I've worked in Greenwich. In fact, I did 'The Scottish Play' - as we call it - here in l995."

The actress and mother-of-two, whose own parents helped her with her original college applications back home in Lancashire, added: "The students asked very good and intelligent questions."

Horrocks, who appeared as Gracie Fields in The Women We Loved season on BBC4 this week, advised pupils to go to drama school if they want to tread the boards and to watch a film over and over again to appreciate all the "clever shots and tricks".

Wunmi, aged 13, from Charlton, said: "She told us to get some real experience, rather than just jumping for it on something like X-Factor."

Councillor Jackie Smith, cabinet member for children and young people, said: "It's not every day that one of the country's leading actors will take the time to speak directly with pupils. I'm sure that the Plumstead Manor FilmClub members will have been learned a lot from this special experience."

Schools interested in joining FilmClub can find out more by visiting www.filmclub.org.

The government-backed project aims to have 7,000 clubs running by March 2011.

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