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VIDEO: Sir David Attenborough awards west Cornwall youngsters prize for eco film

By CMJohannaCarr  |  Posted: May 10, 2013

  • Jemima Smith and Solomon Brighton

  • Jemima Smith and Solomon Brighton with David Attenborough

  • Jemima Smith and Solomon Brighton with David Attenborough

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Two west Cornwall seven-year-olds have won a prestigious film award, which was presented to them by Sir David Attenbrough.

Solomon Brighton from Hayle and his friend Jemima Smith from Marazion made a short film about plastic pollution, which they entered in the Ecotales Film Festival, which was held at Twickenham on Sunday.

Despite facing tough competition from around the country, the judges, which included TV presenter Michaela Strachan, were so impressed by the film they created a new category for it.

Solomon's mother Carli said: "We knew we had made it to the finals so we decided to head up to London for the festival.

"They announced the under 10s winners first and it was not us so we were like never mind.

"Right at the end they announced that the judges had decided to create a special category for our film because they loved it."

Solomon decided to make a film after finding out about the film festival while googling plastic pollution.

He roped in his friend Jemima, their younger brothers and a couple of other friends.

The film starts off with the children in a house finding items made of plastic.

They then go to the beach in front of St Michael's Mount and find numerous items if plastic littering the shoreline.

Carli said Solomon's father Julias did the filming but the children were the ones who decided how they wanted the film to be.

She said: "The repetition of 'it's plastic' has been a real hit with the other kids and they're all walking around now saying it.

"We met at Jemima's house and they just started getting all the plastic together and that is how it started.

"They wanted to go down to the beach to see if there was any rubbish there."

Solomon composed the music for the film using a computer programme called Garage Band.

Carli added: "The reason Sol and I were googling images of plastic pollution in the sea was because Jemima's dad, Lawrence Smith runs Ocean High kite surf school in Marazion and he told the kids about all the plastic and rubbish he finds on the beach.

"Plus Jemima's mum Heather Koldeway works in marine conservation for the Zoological Society of London so deals with the pollution issue daily.

"It's amazing how the kids have taken this cause to heart and really want to help reduce the use of plastic."

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