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Mum reveals young Zoe's secret trick to acting sad

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: October 11, 2012

  • Zoe Mitchell being directed by the crew of 'To The Sea' inside a cottage at Polperro.

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A Westcountry schoolgirl is starring in a film being shown at the world-renowned Cannes Film Festival.

Eleven-year-old Zoe Mitchell, a pupil of Penair School, Truro, was selected as the main protagonist in To The Sea by 4am Films.

The plucky youngster endured 5am starts and swimming in open water during six days of shooting in Polperro.

She played a working class girl desperate to find her father, who had disappeared, in a tale inspired by a real incident in Polperro, where the director and writer Corin Taylor grew up.

He said: "A young fisherman named Daniel Kebble was swept overboard on a stormy night and his body was never recovered. His family couldn't get any closure and were forever wondering whether he would walk back into their lives."

To The Sea also highlights the dangers of fishing, with all profits donated to the RNLI.

A member of Cornwall Dance and Drama in Truro, Zoe beat off stiff competition, including her own sister Louise, 10, to win the role.

She is starring alongside Cornish actress Alex Reid, who appeared in The Descent and Misfits, and Phil Cheadle, who was in Inside the Titanic.

Having returned to school after four days off, Zoe said it was a "fabulous" experience she would like to do again.

Proud mum Helen said Zoe has been interested in drama since she was five.

"She is an empathetic character and thought about her chicken that died when she needed to be sad during filming."

Mr Taylor, who worked on The Only Way is Essex television hit and is a London Film School graduate, will use the 13-minute footage to showcase his talents at film festivals across the globe, including Cannes.

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