Film stars shine at Rockport

IT WAS lights, camera, action at Seahill’s Rockport School as a star studded cast started filming Cinemagic’s first ever family feature film - A Christmas Star.

Talented 12 year old Regent House pupil Erin Galway-Kendrick from Newtownards, is delighted to take the leading role of Noelle, in this heartwarming story of a spirited young girl who charms an entire village.

The cameras will roll in various locations around Northern Ireland, but the focus this week was on Rockport School, which has been transformed into various sets including a nativity scene and a village hall.

Even the school’s football pitch has taken centre stage as the set for a key action scene in the film.

This ground-breaking project marks the beginning of a year of 25th Anniversary celebrations for Cinemagic International Film and Television Festival for Young People.

A host of well known faces from stage and screen are appearing alongside the young stars of the future, including Rob James-Collier (Downton Abbey), Suranne Jones (Scott & Bailey; The Crimson Field), Bronagh Waugh (The Fall), comedian Kevin McAleer, and Alan McKee of comedy duo Grimes & McKee.

Speaking to the Spectator, George Vance Rockport Headmaster said, “We at Rockport School are proud supporters of Cinemagic and are really pleased to welcome them to our unique school setting here on the shores of Belfast Lough.”




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