Film written by Wallasey actress picked by Idris Elba to be shown at London festival

A TEENAGE actor from Wallasey has been selected for a prestigious short film festival judged by film-star Idris Elba.

Having previously written for Hollywood actor Jude Law, Freya Hannan-Mills created Swallow, a harrowing drama about a mum and daughter struggling to cope with their grandmother’s struggle with a rare brain disorder.

Freya was inspired to write Swallow after losing her own grandmother to the same rare brain disorder called Progressive SupraNuclear Palsy.

Swallow will now be screened at the BFI Southbank in London alongside three other finalists at the TriForce Short Film Festival (TFSFF) on Saturday, November 30.

The TFSFF was established to promote, support and showcase diverse talent in contemporary filmmaking.

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15-year-old Freya told the Globe: “The festival is a fantastic celebration of British and global film and to be included in the shortlist is nothing short of jaw-dropping.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to share something that is both deeply personal and starkly recognisable to families across the UK.”

Idris Elba who is known for his work in popular BBC series Luther, Marvel blockbuster Thor and HBO’s The Wire, is part of the panel who voted to include Freya’s work in the festival line up.

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