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Deaf teen nominated

By Anthony Finnegan

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.

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