The Journal 24/03/2014

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Schoolkids make The Hunger Games – Catching Fire as Gaeilge

Aibhleog Splaince was created by 22 Sixth Class pupils and their teacher for Seachtain na Gaeilge.

MOVIE FRANCHISES DON’T come much bigger than The Hunger Games series right now.

Pairing Academy Award-winning actress and Hollywood darling Jennifer Lawrence with Suzanne Collins’s popular teen reads was always going to be a winner.

And the second part of the series, Catching Fire, didn’t disappoint fans late last year.
That meant the pressure was on for 22 Sixth Class pupils at Gaelscoil Nás na Ríogh to emulate their predecessors in giving the film an awesome Irish makeover.

(Last year we brought you the school’s Cluichí an Ocrais)

The class, with the help of their teacher Lára Ní Dhonnchú, took Collins’s second novel and transformed it into a short film.
Over four weeks, the young students translated the work, wrote the script and designed the set. The school also used a green screen for the first time during filming.

On completion, there was a film premier in the school, complete with red carpet, in celebration of Seachtain na Gaeilge last week.
Here is Cluichí an Ocrais – Aibhleog Splaince in all its glory. As we said about the first incarnation – even if you can’t follow every word, the final product is quite compelling:

You can watch the video below:

You can view The Hunger Games video which was made by Gaelscoil Nás na Ríogh last year below: