Teenage film-maker who put spotlight on dementia hailed

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A TEENAGE film-maker has won praise from the art director of Bond films Skyfall and Quantum of Solace.

Alfie Baker, who lives in Leeds and has been making films
since he was eight, has 
scooped seven awards for his work, while studying for his A-Levels.

After viewing his work, Paul Inglis, who was also responsible for the art direction of Prometheus, told Alfie: “Your work and your dedication to getting people to see it is certainly impressive.”

Alfie’s abilities for film-making quickly progressed after he began producing short videos using a stills camera.

His father Rob Barker said: “Alfie loved Wallace and Gromit as a child and he decided to emulate their work. It’s been amazing to watch his skill develop.

“He quickly moved into filming the family video and became very proficient.”

Alfie writes, directs, shoots and edits all of his own material. The 16-year-old’s film-making career began after attending a workshop at the Leeds Young People’s Film Festival, which he now helps to organise.

His latest production, entitled No Regrets draws attention to
the battle faced by dementia sufferers and has scooped seven awards and received critical acclaim.

The six-minute film tells the story of an elderly lady who suffers from dementia.

Alfie said: “This has been my most ambitious film and one I have learnt the most from.”