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Last Updated: Monday, 25 August, 2003, 11:54 GMT 12:54 UK
American blow for Charlotte movie
Charlotte Church and her mother Maria at the premier
Charlotte Church and her mother Maria at the premiere
Teenage star Charlotte Church's career has suffered a setback after her film debut was dropped before it even opened by American cinemas.

I'll Be There was due to be released in the United States last month after premieres in London and Church's home city of Cardiff.

But the film had poor reviews from critics in Britain and performed badly at the box office.

Now it has been decided that the movie will never go on general release in America.

She enjoyed doing it, so I don't think it will put her off acting forever
Charlotte's mother, Maria
The Cardiff-based singer, 17, has sold millions of records in the States, whose audiences have provided most of her multi-million-pound fortune.

American fans hope the movie will be released on video and DVD early next year.

British film reviewers criticised Charlotte's "wooden" performance as the daughter of a washed up eighties pop star who dreams of chart success.

Charlotte playing Olivia in I'll Be There
Charlotte playing Olivia in I'll Be There
The film did badly even in Cardiff, where the city's UGC Cinema took just 600 compared to 12,000 for the action film 2 Fast 2 Furious in the same week.

Charlotte's mother, Maria, said her daughter would not be put off.

She said: "Charlotte did not expect it to be a blockbuster.

"It was just something she wanted to do and she enjoyed doing it, so I don't think it will put her off acting forever."

Charlotte has already changed direction in her musical career. After finding fame as a classical singer, she made a top three dance pop song, Brave New World, with DJ Jurgen Vries.

The film was set in Cardiff, and stars Craig Ferguson, who also wrote and directed it.

Ferguson's former rock star character discovers that he has a teenage daughter, played by Church.

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