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Barnstaple teenager wins film award at star-studded ceremony in London

PUBLISHED: 10:32 16 March 2017 | UPDATED: 15:28 17 March 2017

Rebecca O'Brien presented winner Dorothy, aged 16, St. Anne's Arts and Community Centre, Barnstaple, Devon with the Review of the Year, Sponsored by IMDB Award at the 2017 Into Film Awards at ODEON Leicester Square, London. Picture: John Furniss

Rebecca O'Brien presented winner Dorothy, aged 16, St. Anne's Arts and Community Centre, Barnstaple, Devon with the Review of the Year, Sponsored by IMDB Award at the 2017 Into Film Awards at ODEON Leicester Square, London. Picture: John Furniss

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Dorothy McCormack won the Review of the Year award at the 2017 Into Film Awards on Tuesday

A teenager from Barnstaple has won a national award for her review of I, Daniel Blake.

Dorothy McCormack scooped the Review of the Year award at the 2017 Into Film Awards on Tuesday.

The 16-year-old was honoured during a star-studded red carpet ceremony at London’s ODEON Leicester Square, which was presented by Edith Bowman and attended by the likes of Daniel Craig, Eddie Redmayne and Charles Dance.

Dorothy said it was ‘amazing’ to pick up her award, which was sponsored by IMDb and presented to her by I, Daniel Blake producer Rebecca O’Brien.

She added: “I think that to succeed you need passion and determination – just wanting to do it, and having that determination to go and do it – you can do anything, it’s the people who really want to do it who get there in the end.”

Dorothy is a member of the Into Film club at St. Anne’s Arts and Community Centre, where young people up to the age of 19 meet every month to watch, talk about and make films.

Her review was one of three short-listed from ‘thousands’ of submissions. Empire news editor Chris Hewitt picked her as the winner.

He said: “It was a very serious review of a very serious film – very engaging. I enjoyed it.”

The Awards, which pay tribute to outstanding 5 to 19 year olds from across the UK who have demonstrated exceptional achievements in filmmaking and film reviewing, are hosted by Into Film, the education organisation supported by the BFI through National Lottery funding.

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