A budding young actor is to star in a film highlighting the frequency of cardiac arrests in young people and how they can be prevented.
Troy Tipple, 11, from Corporation Street, has been signed up by North-East based film-making company Act2Cam to feature in a production called Failbook.
The film touches on issues surrounding social networking and cyber-bullying, as suggested by its title, as well as raising awareness about sudden heart attacks in youngsters.
The plot sees a group of unscrupulous characters set up a website which encourages people to upload so-called fails of others suffering embarassment. Later on, one of the girls involved suffers a cardiac arrest, causing alarm amongst her peers.
Around 15 young people a week die from cardiac arrests in the UK, according to the Hearts and Goals charity, which is working closely with the directors of the film.
Troy, whose already impressive CV boasts a West End stage performance in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory last year, was recruited by the producers to play his part off the back of his previous work.
Proud mum Jane said: “Troy’s really excited to be in the film and he’s already been up to Newcastle over the Easter holidays to shoot some scenes.
“He really loves to perform and act and its a good thing for him to fit in around the other things he’s doing at the moment. The film’s all about raising awareness about cardiac arrests in young people and the importance of defibrillators in schools.”
Despite featuring alongside actors and actresses in their mid-teens, as well as England football legend Peter Beardsley who makes a cameo appearance, Troy’s fast-growing experience and background means he will be far from out of his depth.
The film is due to be released in September.