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Big break for wild children

PUBLISHED: 16:56 20 August 2008 | UPDATED: 10:02 23 August 2010

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FIFTEEN youngsters and adults from a stage school star alongside the niece of Julia Roberts in this summer s must-see movie, Wild Child. Many scenes from the film were shot at picturesque Cobham Hall school, where future stars from Northfleet-based chari

FIFTEEN youngsters and adults from a stage school star alongside the niece of Julia Roberts in this summer's must-see movie, Wild Child.

Many scenes from the film were shot at picturesque Cobham Hall school, where future stars from Northfleet-based charity Walk Tall Academy shot scenes.

On Friday the movie, starring Emma Roberts, had its European premier and is already being compared to the St Trinian's remake by critics.

The children's charity in Lower Road, Northfleet, specialises in helping children and teenagers become more confident through speech and drama.

Natalie Garcia, 19, landed a speaking role in the comedy starring as Daisy, alongside Walk Tall's Kayde Gaitens, 14.

Chief executive Ann Duke said: "As a charity we actively encourage and help our children seek roles in professional productions.

"We have had varied success with children starring on both the small and big screen from the TV series Waking The Dead and Harry Potter: The Goblet of Fire.

"Filming for Wild Child was amazing. We spent the summer filming at Cobham Hall and everyone involved had a fantastic time. For two of the girls to gain speaking roles was phenomenal. They are keen to see themselves at the cinema."

In the film Emma Roberts, niece of Julia Roberts, stars as spoilt Malibu brat Poppy who is packed off to an English boarding school, from which she resolves to get expelled in the teenage comedy.

Written by Roald Dahl's daughter Lucy, the films shows a distraught Poppy lost without her LA trappings when she attends Abbey Mount (Cobham Hall). The big screen success for Walk Tall follows a two-night show where over 100 people cheered on a theatre production of Five Go To Fishy Bottom at the charity's theatre.

Speaking about the Northfleet show, Mrs Duke added: "The enthusiasm and energy of the cast has ensured that events such as this will definitely be repeated in the future."

Elizabeth Daly, 23, professional actress and dancer and Walk Tall's show dance teacher, was also heavily involved in the filming and training.

Classes in dance and acting are offered six days a week for free, for those aged six to 19. Call 0845 270 8130 or e-mail info@walk-tall.org.uk

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