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Notable Alumni

The National Youth Film Academy prides itself in finding the best in young British filmmaking and acting talent since 2011, below is a selection of notable past students who continue to carry the standard and work professionally in the industry. CHRIS LEW KUM HOI Chris Lew Kum Hoi  is an actor who joined National Youth […]

By nationalyouthfilmacademy | Blog . Industry Insight . Members . NYFA Members
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Mar
24

10 Actors that NEARLY had “IT”

Choosing the right actor for the role can make or break a film, we’re reviewing the casting-near-misses in some of our favourite stories. Grab the popcorn. Jennifer Lawrence, Bella Swan, Twilight (2008) America’s sweetheart Jennifer Lawrence, could have traded in her crossbow for coloured contact lenses, when she auditioned for the role of Bella in Stephenie […]

By Lois-Amber Toole | Blog . Did You Know? . film news . Industry Insight
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Mar
23

J.K Rowling Overcame the IMPOSSIBLE

J.K Rowling is armed with a lot of magic and also one of the most inspirational success stories of our time. Joanne Rowling was a passenger on a delayed train from Manchester to London, it was here she had a “fully-formed” vision of young Harry Potter. “I saw Harry! I could see him very clearly […]

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Mar
23

How Could THIS Happen to Spielberg?

If there is anyone in the industry you don’t want to miss a call from it’s Steven Spielberg. In the beginning, the global success of the pioneering director wasn’t a walk through Jurassic Park. Attending high school in Phoenix, Arizona, Spielberg was viciously bullied. He was taunted with anti semitic slurs and beaten up after […]

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Mar
23

The Advice That ALMOST Made Her Quit

It’s baffling to believe our Bafta-winning British actress was knocked back before she filled us with pride. Mulligan’s interest in acting sparked from watching her older brother perform in a school production of The King and I, Mulligan begged teachers to allow her to be in the chorus and from there she was heavily involved […]

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Mar
21

You Couldn’t IMAGINE What Happened to Jim Carrey

When you think of a successful comedian, Jim Carrey is the first that comes to mind. But Carrey wasn’t always laughing. During his early years at school, Carrey was quiet and didn’t have many friends. He began compensating with humour, with teachers labelling him disruptive in class, but resulting in Carrey finding his niche – […]

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Mar
21

Meryl Streep Was Not Expecting THAT Response…

 It’s hard to picture the acting industry without powerhouse, Meryl Streep. Before she was cited as “the best actress of her generation” opportunities didn’t come easy to the Academy Award winner. After working professionally in the theatre, Streep was enchanted by Robert De Niro’s performance in Taxi Driver, the impact shifting her focus to a […]

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Mar
21

You’ll NEVER Guess How Many Times He Auditioned…Before He Got His First Job

Our favourite Hulk-humanitarian, Mark Ruffalo may be an award-contender but he hasn’t always been confident on his road to success.  After moving to Los Angeles and “hating it”, Ruffalo had given up on acting at least once in the mid-90’s, heading home to Kenosha, Wisconsin to work for his commercial-painter father. But he came back […]

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