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Actor Paddy Harrington and film director Seán Treacy with their award

Actor Paddy Harrington and film director Seán Treacy with their award

Actor Paddy Harrington and film director Seán Treacy with their award

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A budding young Stephen Spielberg in the making from County Wicklow has landed first place in a film festival which had over 400 entries.

12-year-old Seán Treacy came first in the Junior Section of the Fresh Film Festival held in Limerick, Ireland's première showcase for films made by and for young people.

There are three sections overall and each is open to individual filmmakers, schools, youth and community groups in their particular age categories.

Seán lives in Ashford and attends St Gerard's in Bray. His entry 'Blood, Sweat and Tears' is a short movie just over seven minutes long which focuses on young teenager, Matthew Rush, who finds himself on the lowest school rugby team, the C subs.

To compound matters Matthew also nearly fails a maths test, managing a mark of just 48 per cent. The only way he can improve in academics and sports is by working harder than he ever has before.

Seán is something of a one-man-team and as well as directing the movie, he also edited it and carried out all the camera work. He also crops up as the lead character's best friend.

Paddy Harrington starred as Matthew. The film's soundtrack gradually builds up the tension as a determined Matthew sets about the challenge of training hard, whilst also feverishly studying away to improve his grades. There are also some stunning views of the Wicklow countryside and Brittas Bay.


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