GETTING a college project based on 'Pulp Fiction' shown to film director Quentin Tarantino on the BBC's 'Graham Norton Show' was all down to luck.
But the famous director liked what he saw.
The Cork-born comedian was at the Tralee Institute of Technology yesterday, where he presented the inaugural Graham Norton Creativity Award to fourth-year Music Technology students Eoin O'Leary (25) from Oakpark, Tralee, and David Williams (25) from Headford, Killarney.
He also cut the ribbon on the college's new digital media centre, a fully kitted-out television studio sponsored by Dairymaster.
Norton said the students had used technology to perfect what was essentially a good idea, to dub a scene from the 1990s cult movie with strong Kerry accents.
The clip went viral when it was posted on YouTube in January, attracting thousands of hits, boosted further by its showing on the BBC show.
But apart from the core idea and the technology, luck was also a huge factor.
"It was luck that someone tweeted me, it was luck that I bothered to watch it and it was luck that I liked it," Norton said.
"Then it was extraordinary luck that we happened to book Quentin Tarantino and I cajoled him into showing it to him on the show and then, the huge luck that he liked it.
"We didn't get any permission, I'm sure you didn't either, so if he didn't like it... it wasn't going to happen."
Norton was invited to present the creativity award named after him.
But Head of Creative Media and Computing at Tralee IT, Mary Lucey, only got confirmation on Monday that he would be there.
Casually dressed in a white linen shirt and blue blazer over faded blue jeans and white brogues, Norton arrived bang on time at 2.30pm having driven himself to Tralee in his black Lexus 4x4.
His only request was a cup of coffee with a drop of milk, turning down the offer of a fancier cappuccino.
Inside the college he was given a warm reception by students, happily posing for pictures with them and staff members. "I'm giving away an award with my name on it which is an unusual thing to do, but I'm delighted to be doing it," he said.
He also had advice for students entering the jobs market. While apologising in advance because it was a "dull" thing to say, he said: "Just spell correctly."
"Seriously, it is not hard and the lovely people in technology land have even come up with 'spellcheck' now so it's not hard."
He also advised them to write their CVs specific to the job they're applying for and to have found out a bit about it in advance of the interview.