A FORMER pupil from The Windsor Boys’ School who went on to become a professional casting director is giving young people in the town a taste of the film and TV industry.

Tom Newton, 35, who grew up in St Mary’s Road, Langley, now owns the Middleweek Newton acting agency and started the MN Acting academy in Windsor at the beginning of the year to share his knowledge.

Mr Newton said: “It’s all about having fun and learning about film and TV. It’s really good for young people to understand the different aspects that go into creating things if you are going to be a performer.

“If you understand what goes on behind the camera as well as how to act that will really help.”

After the agency received a growing amount of interest from young people wanting to be on its books, Mr Newton and his business partner Lucy Middleweek started the first academy in London.

Following the success of the first academy, Mr Newton chose to bring it to the town he went to school in.

Mr Newton added: “I wanted to bring something back to Windsor because when I was growing up I wanted to get involved in acting and films but there was nothing available that gave you the industry side of it.”

The classes, which run on Saturday mornings at Windsor Girls’ School, in Imperial Road, are open to children and young people aged six and older.

Younger children at the academy are voicing an animation film which they will be able to watch in Slough's Empire cinema and the older children are in the process of creating a series of eight independent short films, which all run on the same theme and create a continuous storyline.

The academy offers experience to talk about at auditions or with agents and older children hoping to enter the industry are given advice and help to create show reels and what ever else they need to give them the best opportunities.

Mr Newton added: “I think the film and TV industry is something that isn’t really taught and most of the training for young people is in theatre.

“It’s a completely different style of acting.”

To join the academy, children older than 10 need to audition but the younger children do not. Sessions cost £75 a month.

Sessions for 10-18-year-olds are currently full but extra spaces will be available from January and there are opportunities for children aged between six and nine.

For more information, go to the website www.mnacade my.co.uk or call 0207 033 4407.