Film Legends Harrison Ford and Ben Kingsley Visit London School To Promote Learning via Movies
The pair stunned the students at Westminster Academy
As part of an initiative to encourage kids to both engage with and learn from cinema, Harrison Ford and Sir Ben Kingsley visited a London academy in West London.
Ben Kingsley in Ender's Game
The kids that put their names down for this particular after-school club won’t have known the surprise they were in for. Stunned little faces stared back at Ford and Kingsley as they confidently took their seats, ready to impart a lifetime of knowledge and wisdom upon these impressionable youngsters.
The actors spoke to the kids about what it’s like to be an actor, and their experiences of making movies, with special focus on their latest, Enders Game. The visit was part of charity FilmClub's aim to use film to raise educational attainment.
Cynics amongst you will claim that this is simply part of the pair’s promotional duties for the Ender’s Game marketing strategy. And Ford & Kingsley may even agree with you, but if the kids want to know what the movie business is like, then marketing strategies and promotional campaigns go hand-in-hand with learning lines and glitzy premieres.
Harrison Ford in Ender's Game, scaring kids
"The central story to Ender's Game is that really difficult transition from adolescence to adulthood and that's why it was such a privilege to be at this school today,” explained Kingsley, who plays a tough general in the sci-fi adaptation.
"We are faced with every adolescent in that room going through the same struggles - different scale, but the same questioning and self-doubting. The moments of triumph, the moments of comradeship and the moments of loss. It's going to have a lot to say to young people. (BBC)
Hailee Steinfeld and Asa Butterfield star in Ender's Game