Ferdia launches teen movie contest
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