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06/07/2010

Myleene Klass Meets Young Daredevils

Connected Pictures has been commissioned to produce The World's Youngest Daredevils, a documentary special for Sky I HD.
In her first authored film, Myleene Klass will travel the globe to meet exceptional children with unusual talents - including a 10-year-old cage fighter, a 'baby bullfighter' and the world's youngest lion tamer.
In the UK, the daily activities of these children would be considered extreme, unacceptable even. But within their own cultures they receive public acclaim, uphold family traditions and provide a good source of income.
Travelling from continent to continent, Myleene will discover the incredible ingenuity, bravery and talent that these children possess and learn more about the attitudes held towards childhood within their different cultures.
Myleene visits a bull fighting school in Merida, Mexico, which takes children as young as three and trains them in a sport which is an integral part of the national psyche. Here she will meet the famous Michaelito, a 'baby bullfighter'. The son of a matador he wows crowds and revels in his fame and special abilities. She'll also visit 12-year-old Jorge Elich from Spain, who entered the Guinness Book of Records four years ago as the world's youngest lion tamer. Jorge is exceptionally close to his pride of lions, caring for them during the day and performing along with them in the ring almost every night in his family's circus.
In Tennessee, she'll meet Robbie, 10, Lauren 10 and Kyle, 9. Under the tuition of cagefighting promoter Bunny Hawkersmith, the sport is flourishing. Tennessee is one of the last states where live cage fighting events are permitted. Often youngsters perform to large crowds as the warm-up act for adult cage fighters. While teaching children a violent sport might be frowned upon by many, Bunny and the children's parents believe cagefighting, including the potentially deadly "choke" move, teaches the children how to stick up for themselves.
Katherine Parsons, Executive Producer, Connected Pictures, said: "As a child prodigy pianist herself, Myleene brings exceptional insight to this project. She is the ideal author for the film. We are delighted to be working with Sky 1 - they moved quickly to commission this show and have been very supportive throughout the process."
Celia Taylor, Head of Factual, Sky 1 HD, commented: "These extraordinary kids with seemingly extreme lives should make for a challenging and fascinating documentary."
Myleene Klass added: "Every day making this film felt exciting and revelatory. On the one hand, i was totally charmed and entertained by these charismatic children, and amazed by their bravery and ingenuity. But on the other hand I was worried for their safety. I would ask viewers to come to the film with an open mind, and understand that their culture and circumstances are very different to ours in the UK."
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