Year 9’s James Stockdale lands film role

Photo by Aaron McCracken/HarrisonsCongratulations to James Stockdale (Year 9) on landing a role in a Christmas feature film which is to include a voiceover by Hollywood star Liam Neeson.

James, who has starred in productions by the Donaghmore-based Bardic Theatre, was selected from thousands of hopeful young actors to appear in ‘A Christmas Star’ which will be produced for the Cinemagic International Film and Television Festival for Young People.

The film, which includes other young cast members from across Ireland, tells the heart-warming story of a spirited young girl who charms an entire village.

Although this is his first film role, James is no stranger to the stage, having starred in are the Bardic Theatre’s productions of Joseph & His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Wicked, Grease and Hairspray, as well as the hugely successful From Bardic to Broadway, which is currently in rehearsals for a sequel to be staged early next year.

The ground-breaking film production aims to engage with hundreds of young people, marking the beginning of a year of Cinemagic’s 25th Anniversary celebrations.  Many of the film industry’s leading lights are involved, including Cinemagic patrons Liam Neeson, Bronagh Waugh (The Fall) and Suranne Jones (Scott & Bailey, The Crimson Field), as well as Oscar winning film producer, Gareth Ellis Unwin (The King’s Speech), and award winning composer, Patrick Doyle, (Brave).

James is, naturally, excited about his role and looks forward to the start of filming this November.  Well done James!

For further details on A Christmas Star visit or search for the film on Facebook and Twitter.   

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