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Lincolnshire actress, 12, lands lead role in feature film ZombieHood

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: May 22, 2012

  • Landing a big role: Scenes from Zombiehood in which Alice Joyce, from Nocton, played the lead

  • Landing a big role: Scenes from Zombiehood in which Alice Joyce, from Nocton, played the lead

  • Landing a big role: Scenes from Zombiehood in which Alice Joyce, from Nocton, played the lead

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A young actress has her sights set on Hollywood fame after landing a maiden lead role in a feature length film.

The experience from shooting ZombieHood has left 12-year-old Alice Joyce, from Nocton, wanting more.

The Branston Community Academy pupil was chosen from hundreds of people who auditioned for the part of Melanie, the only child survivor of a zombie outbreak.

"I definitely want to go into acting and do more of this sort of thing," she said. "I have got the bug for it now.

"I am doing acting exams at the moment so I am serious about it."

Steve Best, director of the film, paid tribute to Alice's professionalism and ability.

He said: "Alice has been amazingly professional throughout the whole production, never shy when enquiring about her part and very keen to pick up on anything that could improve her acting ability.

"Obviously working with children is always a concern for a director, especially when they are an unknown quantity, but Alice never failed to impress throughout the film.

"If Alice went on to be a massive Hollywood star, I wouldn't be surprised in the slightest.

"I just hope she remembers me when she's sitting by her pool in Beverly Hills."

Having previously only ever been an extra, Alice was nervous but excited when she got the call.

"It was nothing like I imagined it to be, in fact it was so much better," she said.

"I have learned so much from the brilliant cast and crew; they have all looked after me and helped me along the way."

The film is completely self funded, meaning cast and crew had to organise their own transport and food.

That meant that Alice was reliant on her mum, Sam.

Mrs Joyce, 44, said: "I am so proud of Alice.

"She has worked very hard on this film in such a mature way, doing everything that has been asked of her.

"It has been an amazing experience for us all. Her younger brother Bobby, 10, came to each shoot with us and learned how to make blood and do special effects.

"Alice has her head screwed on and realises that there are far more rejections in this business than jobs, but with the national and international distribution of ZombieHood who knows what the future holds for her. "

The film is due to be premiered in November and Mrs Joyce cannot wait to see her daughter's work on the big screen.

"I can't wait to see it all together. It is going to be an amazing film," she said.

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  • Gnome_Chomsky  |  May 22 2012, 9:42PM

    Let's hope the publicity accompanying the actual film release manages to get the name right. Zombieland is a good enough film, but Alice is not in it. Lazy, sloppy editorial values.

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  • Darrendoldrum  |  May 22 2012, 5:40PM

    Good on you little Alice, I wish you every success with your acting career. Since zombie films are my favourite genre too, I hope this film is very successful for all those involved in producing it. I look forward to the November screening.

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