Meet the young Yorkshire historian who has gone the extra mile in World War One film
Introducing Myles Fairhurst, a Year 7 student from Richmond School and Sixth Form College, who has released a trailer for his upcoming World War One inspired film.
Theopening of the trailer for The Lost Soldier immediately evokes tension and suspense, depicting a World War One soldier, played by the 11-year-old star, who finds himself lost in the open countryside.
The aspiring actor comes from a long line of male family members serving in the Armed Forces, with his Great Grandfather, James McAndrew, serving the Durham Light Infantry and finished his career in the cavalry during World War One.
Another Great Grandfather, Albert Blakey, served as a Gunner in the Royal Artillery during World War Two, while his Great Grandfather, Mr Senior, was in the Canadian Regiment and was one of only two men out of 60 in one regiment that survived during the Battle of Passchendaele during World War One.
“I had lots of fun making and editing the trailer. I am really interested in the history of the World Wars and received a WW1 soldier’s uniform for Christmas,” Miles, a member of the school's Drama Llama theatre group, said.
He added for the trailer, he put on his uniform and filmed near a local farm, close to where he lives in Aycliffe Village. Footage was shot using his Father's iphone and gimble.
“Having the replica uniform really helped me to get into the character of a lost soldier,” Miles said.
The determined youngster said he will be releasing his film later in the year.
“I have a lot of work to do on the narration and story-boarding to put together the sequence of the film,” he explained.
Wendy Paul, leader of the Drama Llama theatre group, said: "Myles has taken his love for Drama and combined this with his keen interest in World War 1 history to create a video. His fabulous trailer is just a taste of what is to come and I can’t wait to see the video, which I know will be superb.
"What a way to go the extra mile."
Previously the Year 7 student created a striking piece of artwork of a World War One soldier, which was a focal point of a display in the school library last year to mark Armistice Day.
His creative style was inspired by the artwork of Martin Brown, the illustrator of the Frightful First World War books in Terry Deary’s Horrible Histories collection.
Jenna Potter, Headteacher at Richmond School and Sixth Form College, added: "I have been blown away by the way Myles keeps surprising and impressing us with his superb work. His attention to detail and the way he constantly looks to find ways of raising the bar is commendable.
"His transition work demonstrated our school values of creativity, independence and excellence."
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