Deaf Teen Nominated

Deaf teen nominated
By Anthony Finnegan
Wednesday, 3 February 2010

A Newtownabbey girl is one of 13 deaf teenagers from Northern Ireland
who have been nominated in the Best Comedy category in a competition
which recognises the UK’s young film makers.

A panel of celebrity judges including Alan Parker, Joseph Fieenes and
Sam Mendes will review the film, titled Flukey Finn at the First Light
Awards 2010.

On Tuesday, March 2, winners in each category will be announced at a
star studded awards gala at London’s Odeon, Leicester Square.

One of the film makers, Sophie Cochrane, 16, from Newtownabbey, said:
“I am so excited that our movie Flukey Finn has been nominated in the
Best Comedy category at the First Light Awards.

“And very proud too. I became involved in film making through The
National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) when, at the age of 14, I was
old enough to take part in the NDCS/BBC Blast Summer Film Project.”

Stacey Kilpatrick, The National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) arts
officer, said: “To have Flukey Finn reviewed by such prominent
directors as Parker and Mendes is a real honour for the young people,
and a great opportunity for these budding film makers.

“The young deaf people did superb in leading all stages of film
making, including acting, directing, filming and editing material from
the week.”

The film tells the story of Flukey Finn, a typical teenage scatter
brain who sleeps a lot and spends hours on his Playstation.