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Danish princess visits the South Bank

Princess Mary of Denmark has visited BFI Southbank to launch a film-making attraction for children.

Princess Mary of Denmark at BFI Southbank
Princess Mary of Denmark at BFI Southbank
The Princess with schoolchildren alongside the car
The Princess with schoolchildren alongside the car

The Australian-born Crown Princess was greeted by the BFI Southbank artistic director Eddie Berg who in his speech welcomed the princess to "the most extraordinary cultural quarter in Europe".

The royal visit marked the launch of a summer long opportunity at BFI Southbank to experience Film-X On The Road, a mobile, interactive film studio for children and teenagers modelled on the Danish Film Institute's very popular Film-X in Copenhagen.

The installation in the BFI Southbank foyer consists of a green Morris Minor equipped with microphones and two editing stations. The set is designed for around ten children who can choose between various pre-set background films, such as a car chase, serving as frames for their own scripts. Working in crews, the children direct, act, shoot, edit and design the sound for their films.

The studio is at BFI Southbank until Wednesday 20 August when it will travel to Filmbyen in Aarhus, Denmark, as part of its journey in both Denmark and around the world to strengthen international cultural exchange in the area of film.

Also present at the opening was head of the DFI Film Workshop Prami Larsen and Danish culture minister Brian Mikkelsen.

Accompanying the Princess as lady-in-waiting on the hour long visit was Tanja Doky, wife of the well known jazz musician Chris Minh Doky.

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