Arabella hits red carpet
FRESH from attending a royal gala premiere in London, Voyage of the Dawn Treader star Arabella Morton will appear at a special Ipswich movie screening on Sunday.
Proceeds from the day will benefit children's charity Camp Quality.
The 10-year-old Ipswich Junior Grammar School student said she was excited to meet her local fans after attending the world premiere in London's Leicester Square in late November alongside Liam Neeson and Queen Elizabeth.
“It was just amazing. I got to sign autographs and had pictures taken with the fans,” Arabella said.
“For those of us who hadn't been in a movie before it blows you away.”
The Karana Downs resident plays Gael, a character created for the third instalment of the fantasy series The Chronicles of Narnia.
“She's a peasant girl and her mother is taken away from her,” Arabella said.
“She's really fun to play.
“She's a little bit cheeky and I got to muck around a little bit.”
The film follows Edmund and Lucy Pevensie as they return to Narnia and embark on an adventure aboard the Dawn Treader.
She said the most challenging part was reacting to the yet-to-be-created special effects such as sea serpents and dragons, and having to say goodbye to her new friends.
“They turn into family when you see them on set every day and then they have to go back home,” Arabella said.
The young actor's screen debut follows a series of appearances in Australian television commercials.
She now hopes to follow the footsteps of Nicole Kidman.
Birch Carroll and Coyle Ipswich general manager Chris Costello said the young star would sign autographs before the 4pm premiere.
“It gives locals the chance to meet the star of a big international film,” he said.
“It is not often you find an Ipswich person in a big international blockbuster.”
Tickets for the film will be available on the day for $13.
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is based on a fantasy novel for children by C.S Lewis. Written in 1950, it was published in 1952 as the third book of The Chronicles of Narnia.
The film sees the two youngest Pevensie children, Lucy and Edmund, return to Narnia where they meet up with Prince Caspian for a trip across the sea aboard the royal ship The Dawn Treader. Along the way they encounter dragons, dwarves and merfolk before reaching the edge of the world.