Upper Canada College Grade 12 student Hudson Southey-Gordon is headed for Hollywood, or at least its neighbouring community of Westwood.
Southey-Gordon is one of just 16 people to be offered a spot in the first year of University of California, Los Angeles’ (UCLA) prestigious film program in September. The UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television has produced Oscar, Emmy, Golden Globe and Tony winners, and its alumni include Francis Ford Coppola, Tim Robbins, Mariska Hargitay, Carol Burnett, Darren Star, Rob Reiner, Jack Black, Jim Morrison, James Dean, James Franco and Ben Stiller.
We asked Southey-Gordon about his achievement and future plans, and here’s what he had to say:
Why do you think you received your admission to UCLA?
This is without a doubt due to the amazing communal support I have had from everyone both from UCC and the outside community. I am extremely fortunate to have so many people who believe in me as a person and as a filmmaker.
What’s your ultimate ambition?
I am striving to be a successful director or producer, and I would absolutely love to be able to work at Disney sometime in the future.
What’s the best thing you’ve learned from UCC?
Creative thinking. Every teacher in UCC stresses creative thinking in one way or another. I have been taught this since I started in Grade 1 at the school in just about every subject, and I firmly believe that it was one of the best things I have ever learned.