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Title/Topic: We’re Off to Meet Orlando Bloom
Posted On: 1/18/2008
Jan 18 2008 (Evening News 24) – A host of Hollywood stars will be casting their eyes over a mini movie made by talented young people in association with the city’s eating disorder association.

Pirates of the Caribbean star Orlando Bloom, Oscar-winning director Sam Mendes and Superman Returns star Kevin Spacey will be on a panel of judges for a short film compiled by recovering bulimics and anorexics from Norwich-based Beat.

The documentary has been nominated in the Best Mediabox Film section of the First Light Movies Awards 2008 and it sees a group of 15 to 19-year-old young women who suffer from eating disorders talk frankly about their experiences.

The ambitious and innovative film is up against efforts from south and north London for a prestigious award which are sponsored by Mediabox, a new initiative led by First Light Movies alongside the Media Trust, Skillset and the UK Film Council.

It offers opportunities for 13 to 19 year olds to develop and produce creative media projects using film, television, print, radio or online platforms.

Beat, based in Prince of Wales Road, provides practical help, support and advice to people across the country suffering from anorexia, bulimia or binge eating.

Lynsey Bowman, 17, is one of the girls who took part in the video. She is in the late stages of recovery from anorexia.

“I wanted to take part to raise awareness of eating disorders,” she said. “It was put together by young people and it is from young people’s perspectives so we all are very aware of the subject matter.

“I am very proud it has been nominated and I hope we are able to positively influence other young people.”

Charlotte Allinson from Beat said: “It is very honest and the whole thing from start to finish was put together by them for others who are going through eating disorders.

“This is what we have needed for a long time – frank accounts of living with the illness – and this is why I think we have been nominated.

“With Hollywood stars on the judging panel it will help even more to throw eating disorders into the spotlight. And the girls are obviously very excited about meeting Orlando Bloom as well.”

The winners will be announced during a glittering awards ceremony, supported by the UK Film Council and hosted by Big Brother presenter Davina McCall, held at the Odeon, Leicester Square, London, on March 4.

It is also not first time Beat has been linked with Hollywood superstars with two libel cases resulting in huge cash payouts for the charity last year.

Keira Knightley accepted a High Court libel pay out and a public apology from a national newspaper regarding a slur on her weight and she agreed to match the figure of £3,000 she received from Associated Newspapers to give a total of £6,000 to Beat.

Kate Winslet also donated £3,000 to the charity as part of a settlement from Grazia magazine who falsely claimed she visited a diet doctor.


More information on Beat is available by visiting the website at and more details on First Light Movies on

Anyone needing help and advice or who wants to volunteer can call the charity’s helpline on 08456 341414.

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