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Film festival tribute to Potter actor

PUBLISHED: 17:07 08 April 2009 | UPDATED: 10:36 23 August 2010

A FILM festival has been renamed in honour of a murdered teenage Harry Potter actor. The Bexley Film Festival due to be held this June will now be called the Rob Knox Film Festival, after the 18-year-old, from north Kent. Mr Knox, a D&B Bromley School o

A FILM festival has been renamed in honour of a murdered teenage Harry Potter actor.

The Bexley Film Festival due to be held this June will now be called the Rob Knox Film Festival, after the 18-year-old, from north Kent.

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

Days after his death he was awarded a posthumous bravery award by Kent Police for helping catch two men who had assaulted someone at the Marks and Spencer store, Bluewater were he worked.

His mother, Sally, told the Times 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."

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

In its second year the film festival allows entrants of any age to enter Bexley-made DVD films, with categories including Best Film, Best Editing and Best Director.

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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