Hathaway Academy host Emma Freud

26 June 2014

Emma Freud speaking to students at the Hathaway AcademyBroadcaster Emma Freud OBE visited the Hathaway Academy in the South of Essex this week for her very first Speakers for Schools talk.

Emma began by speaking the to assembly of year 10 students about her experiences as a journalist and broadcaster that has seen over 4,000 interviews delivered with some well-known household names, from Sean Connery to James Franco.

Moving to cover the number of films she has helped to edit along with her partner and fellow Speakers for Schools participant Richard Curtis, Emma explored the mechanics of film making including using camerawork and scene juxtaposition to change how we the audience feel about those we’re watching on screen.

We also learnt some lesser-known film making trivia, including Emma’s role as the on set consultant for kissing during the film of Love Actually!

From entertainment for its own sake to entertainment for charity, Emma then discussed her role as Director of Comic Relief. The appeal, which is close to raising £1 billion in funds for causes at home and abroad has marked itself out for its canny ability to recruit and retain support amongst the public and public figures.

Discussing this and the work behind what is a still growing achievement Emma covered the need for self-belief, enthusiasm and most of all tenacity in seeking out and taking the steps needed to achieve your goals.

As the event came to a close the format moved to questions and with it the chance for students at Hathaway Academy to pitch in, Emma fielding questions on the workings of an interview, working with difficult people and the challenges to working in the charity sector.

A great event and our very warm thanks to Emma Freud and to the students and staff at Hathaway Academy!