Barnes Film Festival 2017 // Interview with BFF ambassador, Lauren McCrostie

Barnes Film Festival is back! And we’re thrilled to announce that Barnes Film Festival 2017 will take place from 29th September to 1st October.

It’s a while away yet, but don’t worry – we’ve got plenty of news, updates, reviews and interviews to keep you entertained until then.

First up is an interview with our film festival ambassador, British actor Lauren McCrostie (The Falling, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children).

What was your first break as an actor?

I was Tallulah in my schools production of ‘Bugsy Malone’.

Working with Tim Burton must have been special, especially for such a young actor. How it happen?

I was incredibly lucky! My aunt set up the audition which I thought I had messed up as I didn’t hear anything for ages..but 7 months later I got a call back..

You have worked with some big names, tell us who has been the most inspirational.

I couldn’t pick one! It is an incredible learning experience to work alongside the talents of Burton, Carol Morley, Judi Dench and Bruno Delbonnel

How has your life changed since Miss Peregrines?

Nothing had dramatically changed, no – nobody can recognise me without the wig and makeup!

Tell us a little about your background as an environmentalist and green activist outside of film.

I am very passionate about the environment and am very keen on helping out wherever that may be. It is an area in which I would love to work on alongside my acting.

The theme of our festival is going green. How would you like to see green efforts expand in London and across the UK particularly in film?

I think the process of film/tv making and film/tv sets need to become a lot more sustainable. There is always an excessive amount ordered and therefore wasted on the productions which is such a shame. So much is sent unnecessarily to landfall which has to stop as we are walking on a finer line every day with our worlds climate. It would be fantastic if there were a series of environmental regulations that had to be met in order for a project to be given the ‘green light’ e.g. set repurposing, limited food waste, proper disposal systems, use of LED lights, limited printings etc. Alternatives are out there, they just need to be made demand by production companies. Adgreen are doing great stuff!

The Barnes Film Festival caters to youth interested in film or media, looking for an outlet for their creativity. What’s the best advice you could give to young aspiring artists looking to follow their passions?

Keep at it! A lot of the time we can lose hope and lose momentum after a ‘failure’ but don’t let this hit you off your track; pick yourself up and dust yourself off and just keep going.

Lastly, a fun one! What’s your favourite green themed film?

True Cost documentary!

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