Max Cleary (10) busy filming 'Love Rosie'
MAX Cleary (10) from Bray who attends Junior Musicals Theatre School spent the summer filming for the feature film 'Love Rosie' which is an adaptation of Cecilia Aherne's novel 'Where Rainbows End'.
The film stars Lily Collins (Mirror, Mirror) and Sam Claflin (Snow White and the Huntsman) as best friends since school 'who find that life often gets in the way of love but, true love just like true friendship, never dies.' Complications in their relationship ensue, causing the prospect of a romantic life together to be thrown into question.
Max went through three rounds of auditions until he secured the role of Joey Dunne aged 8 even though he's 10 years of age.
He had to perfect an English accent for his audition with top Irish casting director Louise Keily which drama teacher Hannah Masterson said he took to quite easily.
'Initially he went for a different role but the funny thing about auditions is that while you may attend an audition for a specific role you may end up getting cast in another role,' said Hannah. 'Often times you may not be suitable for a role based on appearance as if its for a flashback scene you have to look very similar to the actor who is playing you as a grown up and a lot of the time as well it's about matching children to adult actors who've already been cast as the parents.'
Max had a fantastic time on 'Love Rosie' and hopes it's the first of many films to come as he particularly loves acting.
'It's great as it's a brand new experience, you learn so much and you get to see yourself on the big screen,' said Hannah.
'It can be a big disappointed for students who come close to being cast and lose out at the final hurdle. But I always tell them how the director has one thing in his mind in terms of what he's looking for so if 50 people go for one role you've a 1/50 chance. I never allow them get their hopes up too much. I just tell them to try their best and treat every audition as experience as they are a great experience. They're like mini-interviews with the added challenge of learning script and becoming different characters. It definitely gets easier once you have a credit to your name, it can be very tough to get that first break but the experience stands to you.'
'Love Rose' is hoping for a romanic Valentine's Day release on February 14th 2014 and the Junior Musicals students and team are looking forward to a big day out to the cinema for its release.