first_imgKevin with his uncle Tomm.“Song of the Sea” will be making waves in Letterkenny this week as young local actor Kevin Swierszcz takes to the silver screen.Kevin is a student of Educate Together and drama student of Karen Murphy Speech Drama & Communications.His voice is the character of “Little Ben” age 4 in the film which will run each afternoon at Century Cinemas in Letterkenny until Thursday.Kevin recorded this work at the age of 3 and half years old.Kevin’s Mum Helen explained how her brother Tomm Moore, a Director with Cartoon Saloon based in Kilkenny, couldn’t find anyone to fit the part at the first auditions.But, while playing with Kevin asked him to play pretend and fed him the lines and recorded his voice on his iPhone.Kevin’s sister was only just born at the time and when Tomm played it back, everyone was very impressed.Tomm brought it to the Cartoon Saloon and Kevin was called back to do a proper audition. It was all very exciting and Kevin just loves acting ever since.Normally he’s quite a shy boy but he has caught the bug – and everyone is so proud of him.Song of the Sea, the latest work of art from Irish animation studio Cartoon Saloon, opens on a scene between a pregnant mother and her young son (voice of Kevin Swierzcsc at age 3 now age 6) They’re preparing a room for the baby, painting its walls with elaborate imagery depicting the ancient Celtic myth of the selkie, a magical creature that’s something of a cross between a human and a seal. Little does the son, Ben know that his mother and soon-to-be sister are both selkies themselves.Fortunately, the story itself is simple enough without sacrificing narrative depth. Ben’s mother dies within moments of that opening scene, plunging herself into the ocean for reasons not yet made clear. We fast-forward six years and see that Ben has morphed into a grumpy preteen who continues to blame his sister, Saoirse, for their mother’s death. Like many an older brother, he’s irritated by practically everything she does — including the things she doesn’t do.See, Saoirse has yet to speak or sing a word; in order to do so, she needs a special coat that her father, Conor (voiced by Brendan Gleeson), has locked away in a closet.On the night of her sixth birthday, she finds the coat and finally transforms into her true seal self, diving into the ocean to commence one of the film’s most beautifully stylized scenes.But no sooner does Saoirse finally become comfortable in her slippery skin than her father takes away her mystical coat, throws it into the sea, and sends her and Ben off to live with their Granny in the Dublin City. The rest of the film chronicles their escape and adventure back home to Donegal and it’s filled with all the touchstones of a children’s fantasy: fairies, magical flutes, even an owl witch. An adventure for all the family to enjoy.Don’t miss your opportunity to see the magical movie.LETTERKENNY DRAMA STUDENT KEVIN LIGHTS UP THE SILVER SCREEN was last modified: July 14th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img


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