Ellison Public School student Liam Boys can talk Kiwi like noo zealund's finest, his performance earning him praise from Australian actor and Film by ... Invitation patron Bryan Brown.
Liam played Sir Ricky Attenbro - a New Zealand distant relative of the British television naturalist, in a short film shot at Yarramundi about global warming produced by Liam, his brother Ben and Max Buchanan, in the school's entry in the Film by ... Invitation film festival organised by the NSW Education Department.
The 11 year old took out the best actor award, for a performance Mr Brown described as having "a wonderful wryness and authority."
Liam said in class they had been watching David Attenborough's Our Planet documentaries, where he saw how climate change was affecting polar bears and other animals in frozen lands.
He was spurred into action, concerned about the kind of future they'll be inheriting.
"If there's no polar bears and there's no ice, most of our community might be under water," Liam said.
"The video is a funny way and a creative way to show kids and adults the truth about global warming."
With Liam's talent for accents and being happy to speak in front of school assemblies, there could be a young actor in the making.
But for now, Liam was simply surprised and excited to be named best actor.
"It wouldn't be possible without a good brother to edit the film clips. And without Max and Ben it wouldn't be that funny," Liam said.
Just 18 films were selected for the film festival, with entries from Wentworth Falls and Leura public schools also making the cut.
Campsie Public School's film 'Homework' took out the top award.
View all the films at: https://education.nsw.gov.au/public-schools/education-week/film-by-invitation.