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Teenagers from LA ‘call action’ in Northern Ireland on Cinemagic Feature Film!

Posted on 07th July 2017 | Cinemagic News

11 teenagers from LA have embarked on a unique creative and cultural experience in Northern Ireland for ten days, taking up trainee film positions such as directing, production, make-up, costume, camera, locations, on a new feature film, Grace and Goliath, being produced by award-winning youth film charity Cinemagic. They joined 36 other young filmmakers from Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland in this innovative, multi-cultural initiative.

Grace and Goliath follows the success of Cinemagic’s first feature film, A Christmas Star, made in 2014-15, which gave 40 young filmmakers an invaluable opportunity to learn from top industry professionals and earn their first credit on a feature production. A Christmas Star premiered in Belfast, New York and Los Angeles; it was screened in Ireland on UTV and BBC on Christmas Day and was distributed across numerous territories including platforms such as Netflix USA and Australia and BBC iPlayer.

The young people from Los Angeles, aged 15-18, were given the chance to work alongside film and television professionals led by director Tony Mitchell (The Bible, AD The Bible Continues, Primeval, Supervolcano and Flood). The feature film is being produced by Cinemagic Chief Executive, Joan Burney Keatings MBE and is written by Maire Campbell (Delicate Things, Chancer, A Christmas Star).

Joan Burney Keatings MBE, Cinemagic Chief Executive said ‘We were delighted to welcome the LA teenagers to Belfast as they joined Cinemagic’s second feature film production. We have a long-running partnership with the schools in Los Angeles that the young people attend- New Roads School, David Starr Jordan High School and Hamilton High School and this project will enhance our relationship further by offering a unique skills development program for the participating students. With support from the Ireland Funds, Belfast City Council, British Council and The Irish American Partnership we have been able to offer special training to the LA students to develop their talents and skills.'

Cinemagic engages with 40,000 people on an annual basis and it is supported by a host of film and television professionals, with patrons including Liam Neeson and Pierce Brosnan, who share the charity’s ethos to educate, motivate and inspire by offering creative industries opportunities for young people from ALL backgrounds. Cinemagic Los Angeles has being delivering festivals, workshops, masterclasses, film studio visits and industry Q&A’s since 2010.



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Press Information: Claire Shaw, Cinemagic Belfast Press Officer
Tel: 011447793025910
Email: claire@cinemagic.org.uk

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Cinemagic Background:


To inspire, educate and motivate young people through the medium of film and television.


To maximise the impact and reach of film, television and digital technologies to inspire, educate and motivate children and young people aged under 25, including young people from disadvantaged areas and backgrounds, through the medium of film screenings, film education workshops and industry led masterclasses.

Film Synopsis: Grace and Goliath is a BIG comedy with an even BIGGER heart!

Californian, giant of the silver screen, Josh Jenkins, arrives in Belfast with a big ambition to make a movie, but soon his world comes crashing down in this strange city. In order to survive his fall from grace, he has no option but to take up hotel cleaner Lily’s offer, to stay in her modest home, with her dysfunctional, working class family. What appears to be a soul destroying situation turns out to be the opposite, a catalyst for a new ambition, but this time the ambition is bigger than himself! This is the story of how one man’s GOLIATH ego gets brought down by one single blow...of GRACE! This film will scoop you up in its mighty arms and take you on a hilarious yet emotional roller-coaster!

Cinemagic Patrons

  • Liam Neeson
  • Pierce Brosnan
  • Dermot O‚ÄôLeary
  • Terry George
  • Brian Cox
  • Lisa Henson
  • Suranne Jones
  • Julian Fellowes
  • Christine Bleakley
  • Seamus McGarvey
  • Ciaran McMenamin
  • Colin Farrell
  • Patrick Bergin
  • Ros Hubbard
  • John Hubbard
  • Gary Knell
  • Rachel Kavanagh
  • Aidan Power
  • Mark Huffam
  • Saoirse Ronan
  • Craig Doyle
  • Robbie Sheehan
  • Bruce Reynolds
  • Marc Mallett
  • Bronagh Waugh