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Student hits back of net with football film

Manchester College student Sean Kelly with playwright Cathy Crabb and actor John Henshaw

Manchester College student Sean Kelly with playwright Cathy Crabb and actor John Henshaw

  • by Neil Shefferd neil.shefferd@jpress.co.uk
 

An Aylesbury student is in the running for an international award for his film based on this summer’s football World Cup in Brazil.

Sean Kelly, 22, from Elmhurst, has been shortlisted for the MOFILM Chevrolet Sao Paulo award for his film Ode to the Underdog.

The sixty second film stars well-known Manchester actor John Henshaw and was co-written by the Manchester College graduate and playwright Cathy Crabb.

Sean used the skills he learned from his BA Hons degree in film and TV production at the college during the making of the film.

He used locations across Greater Manchester and under-10s football teams from the Manchester area.

Sean said: “I wouldn’t have been able to make the film without the support of the college.

“It was a great learning curve and definitely the best place to learn my craft.”

Sean’s college tutor Jim Grainger said: “Sean’s achievement is truly amazing.

“To stand in company of that calibre on a world stage at his age is a truly wonderful thing.”

The film tells the story of a game between mismatched teams from either side of the social divide.

Sean said: “The game goes to a penalty shoot-out but you never find out who wins because the film ends just as the crucial kick is about to be taken.”

Sean, who used to play football from both Aylesbury Town and Aylesbury Phoenix added: “I played a lot of football in the Vale and I am a big fan who still watches and plays the game regularly.”

 

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