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Hollywood beckons for budding young actor

By Kieran Lynch

Dromintee teenager and budding young actor, Patrick Roe, is heading to Hollywood this month as an ambassador for Cinemagic, an award-winning Belfast-based charity and the largest film and television festival designed for and by young people in the UK and Ireland. 

Patrick is no stranger to the big screen having starred in, ‘Time to Stand’ a film which is based on bullying and was targeted at students. The film was shown in schools and youth projects across the province, to make young people aware of the damage bullying can cause.

Patrick also took part in the film, ‘A Christmas Star’ which featured a star-studded lineup including Liam Neeson, Pierce Brosnan and Kylie Minogue.

It is through Cinemagic that Patrick was afforded these opportunities and his mother Briege spoke to The Examiner, praising their support.

 “Cinemagic are a fantastic organization,” she said.  “Every child should join Cinemagic as it helps them with their English, it helps them if they’re shy or have no confidence and it helps them with their public speaking.”

Through Cinemagic, Patrick has grown in confidence with his public speaking, and whilst in Los Angeles, he will be going around various schools and colleges in the local area to speak about mobile phones and the harm they cause to children. Patrick, who himself has overcome bullying, argues that they leave children susceptible to cyberbullying and they are unnecessary in schools. 

Additionally, he will be visiting some of the top film studios in the world including FOX, HBO and Warner Bros. This visit will give him a key insight into how to further progress his skills. 

Because the furthest Patrick has ever travelled from home has been a trip to England, his mother describes the opportunity to go to Hollywood as, “like winning the lottery. Not many people get a chance like this.” 

Briege also stated that “It will be a great experience for him”, however Patrick, like many teenagers at the moment, must first worry about his GCSE exams.