Student Dotty McCormack scoops national film review award

A-level student Dorothy (Dotty) McCormack won a national film award at a ceremony attended by Hollywood A-listers, including Daniel Craig, Eddie Redmayne and Ruth Wilson.

Dotty was honoured at the 2017 Into Film Awards, held on March 14 at London’s Odeon Leicester Square – where she won the Into Film Review of the Year award for her critique of I, Daniel Blake.

The review was judged by Chris Hewitt, Associate Editor at Empire film magazine who commented that it is "a very serious review of a very serious film, very engaging, I enjoyed it".

Dotty has been a member of the Into Film club at St. Anne's Arts and Community Centre since she was 11.

“Part of being part of a local film club is you put reviews up on their website,” she explained. “I wrote a review and put it on the website, and it got picked for the film review of the week.”

At the awards ceremony, Dotty walked the red carpet and met the producer of I, Daniel Blake – Rebecca O’Brien – who presented her with her award.

“It was really exciting. I didn’t think I was going to win because I had read the other reviews and they were so good,” Dotty added.

Dotty is currently studying Art, English Literature, Biology and Maths AS-levels at Petroc, and feels that her future lies in film.

“I am a bit more interested in making films rather than writing about them,” she said.

“I was talking to Rebecca, who presented my award, and she said I could have work experience in the summer!”

Click here to read Dotty’s award-winning review here.