SAOIRSE RONAN CONTINUES 18TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS AT CINEMAGIC!
21 May 2012
16 year old Owen Peurois from Wicklow town and 18 year old Annie Keegan from Blackrock in Dublin were delighted to meet Oscar nominated actress Saoirse Ronan at the Coca Cola Cinemagic International Film and Television Festival for Young People in Dublin last week. Saoirse who is a patron of the Festival had dropped in to the Burlington Hotel in Dublin to meet with some of the young people taking part in a masterclass in directing and writing for film which was bring hosted by film director Aisling Walsh.
The young people helped the film star to blow out candles on a belated birthday cake which they presented to her. Saoirse had been working on a film last month when it was her 18th birthday so Cinemagic decided to surprise her with a chocolate birthday cake when she arrived at the Burlington hotel last week.
The students were delighted and surprised when Saoirse dropped in to the class and joined Aisling Walsh for over 30 mins chatting to the students about the film industry. BAFTA award winning writer and director Aisling Walsh (Song for a Raggy Boy) then continued on with her masterclass giving the young people a real insight into the world of film and TV introducing participants to the necessary skills and technique required when writing and directing for film.
Now in its fifth year the Dublin Coca-Cola Cinemagic International Film and Television Festival for Young People reaches out to young people aged 12-25 to give them an insight to the film and television industry and offers film fans of all ages a chance to view classic and new movies from around the world. Young people enjoyed masterclasses by industry professionals, workshops and screenings.
The May workshops were divided into two main strands- The Talent Lab (masterclasses for 16-26 yr olds) and the Education Programme (for 12-18 yr olds), taking place in The Burlington Hotel- official festival hotel partner, UCI Cinemas (Coolock and Stillorgan), Odeon Point Village, IMC Dun Laoghaire, Cineworld, Filmbase and Fighting Words. Budding film critics were also able to further their skills by participating in the annual public jury competition which offered young people the chance to watch a series of short films and hear how to critically review them! The public screening programme themed on master storytellers had a feast of film delights for movie enthusiasts to enjoy such as Hitchcock classic, The 39 Steps; Dickens adaptation, Great Expectations from the Oscar-winning team of cinematographer Guy Green and production designer John Bryan; the first in the series of Hammer Horror films inspired by Bram Stoker, Dracula; the much loved iconic 1960’s classic, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and more recent but equally enthralling story adaptations from Steven Spielberg- Minority Report and Jurassic Park.
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