Fer­dia launches teen movie con­test

Bray People - - NEWS -

RIS­ING star of the sil­ver screen Fer­dia Walsh-Peelo has helped launch a na­tion­wide movie com­pe­ti­tion Lovin’ Our Lungs to high­light the im­por­tance of healthy lungs if you want a full and ac­tive life.

The awards, which are open to teenagers aged be­tween 12 and 18 years and are or­gan­ised by the Ir­ish Lung Health Al­liance, a coali­tion of 17 char­i­ties, in part­ner­ship with the Wick­low Foróige branch.

The Ash­ford na­tive and star of ‘Sing Street’ Fer­dia said his lungs are one if his most prized as­sets.

‘For me, a healthy pair of lungs means that there are no holds barred when it comes to act­ing out a scene or singing a bal­lad. I need to bring my ‘A-game’ on screen, so I make sure to look af­ter my voice in terms of diet, hy­dra­tion, and get­ting enough rest, but most im­por­tant of all is that I don’t smoke and avoid ex­pos­ing my­self to smoke,’ said the 16-year-old, who at­tended Wick­low Ed­u­cate To­gether in Wick­low town and Co­laiste Rai­hin in Bray.

‘Apart from ir­ri­tat­ing and dry­ing the throat, smok­ing would se­ri­ously af­fect my lung func­tion and with it my air­flow and vo­cal range. Plus, while my char­ac­ter Cosmo in Sing Street may have had to go and set up a band to win the girl, one sure way to put off a love in­ter­est is to smoke. So I’d en­cour­age budding film-mak­ers out there to get rolling and show their cre­ative ge­nius when it comes to lovin’ our lungs.’

Com­ing from a mu­si­cal fam­ily (mum Toni from Wex­ford town is a trained so­prano and his sib­lings, Tadgh, Oisin and Siofradh, all play in­stru­ments), Fer­dia se­cured a con­tract with the Opera The­atre Com­pany when he was just 12. Sing Street was his first act­ing role, how­ever, his per­for­mance (mostly recorded when he was just 14) has gar­nered rave re­views around the globe.

For fur­ther de­tails on the Lovin’ Our Lungs com­pe­ti­tion, visit www.lovi­nourlungs.ie

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