This Week: Director Richard Curtis tells students at Elthorne Park High about the highs & lows of his career

24 January 2014

Image of director Richard Curtis talking to Elthorne Park High School students

This week Elthorne Park High School students had the opportunity to hear from acclaimed director Richard Curtis, responsible for international box office hits such as Notting Hill, Love Actually and Bridget Jones’ Diary. After a meet and greet with the Senior Leadership Team, over 200 Sixth Form students listened as Richard recounted his career path — considering a range of pursuits in his youth including rugby, being a comedian or an actor — to how he ended up doing what he loved: writing and directing.

His advice to students was that they should take their hobbies seriously and pay attention to what they enjoy: “It might not just be hobby, it might be a sign of what you should do. Most people I know from school and university were doing much of what they were doing today back then, like writing or trying make films.”

He gave students an insight into the harder parts of his works to date, also taking time to tell them a bit about his work with Comic Relief and how he came to be so involved with charity work. Students in turn asked about his favourite film he’s made so far, his most difficult scene and his advice if they want to get into the industry.

Speakers for Schools also had a range of events in schools from Ewell to Glasgow this week, with from leaders in retail, culture to politics including: ASOS CEO Nick Robertson, WWI Centenary Director Jenny Waldman, Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls MP, BBC’s Allan Little, MC & Saatchi CEO David Kershaw.

Thanks to all of our speakers and host schools this week!

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