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Stars bringing cinemagic to north with new movie

Marie Louise McCrory m.mccrory@irishnews.com
Liam Neeson and Pierce Brosnan are to star in a Christmas movie to be filmed in Belfast with the help of young people across Northern ireland.

A Christmas Star, being made by the Cinemagic international Film and

Television Festival, will be the first local project that Ballymena-born Neeson has been involved in since 2008 Troubles film Five Minutes Of Heaven.

He and former Bond star Pierce Brosnan - who are Cinemagic patrons - previously worked together on the 2006 movie Seraphim Falls.

Others involved in the project include the Oscar-winning producer of The King's Speech, Gareth Ellis Unwin, award-winning composer Patrick Doyle, and Deadwood actress Paula Malcolmson.

The industry professionals will mentor young people throughout the production process from script to screen, giving invaluable insights to the world of filmmaking.

Joan Burney Keatings, Cinemagic chief executive, said the movie would "bring young people from different cultural backgrounds together and representatives from the worlds of film, television, music and sport will collaborate to celebrate creativity and highlight the importance of developing young people's skills and offering young people unique film and television related opportunities".

A 'call-out' for young people to take part will be announced in May and filming will begin in October.

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