STEVEN Spielbergs of the future are in the offing at a Ballyheigue school and all thanks to the inspiration of Mark Twain!
Second, third and fourth class pupils at St Joseph's National School, Bouleenshere, are over the moon this week having been selected for the finals of a major national film competition.
Incredibly, it is the second time the school has been a winner in the competition, suggesting that early life in Ballyheigue must lend itself to the development of a cinematic eye. Maybe it's due to the views from Kerry Head!
Whatever the reason, the budding Spielbergs are heading to the Helix in Dublin next month to collect their prize as finalists in the National FIS Film Festival - after their short film, Tom Sawyer Paints a Wall, impressed judges in the competition and won rare praise for their talents behind the camera. Tom Sawyer Paints a Wall is based on one of the most famous episodes from the book of his Adventures.
"The FIS competition is open to all primary schools and encourages children to script, produce, film and edit their own films," deputy principal Terence Dineen explained. "The title of their winning film is Tom Sawyer Paints a Wall and they based it on the Mark Twain story, adapting it, scripting, acting, filming and editing the whole project. We're delighted for them," he said.
The Parents' Council are now providing finance towards the Dublin trip and the pupils are also preparing to host a jumble sale to help the costs. The film can now be viewed on www.bouleensherens.com.