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Talented Toby lands film role.

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Talented Toby lands film role. thumbnail Iveagh Primary schoolboy Toby Ferguson is to star in Gone Fishing, a film set in the 1960s.

RATHFRILAND schoolboy Toby Ferguson is following his dreams pursuing a career in film acting at the age of 10.

And this Saturday, Toby will be acting in an exciting film called 'Gone Fishing' at Carrickfergus Dam.

Toby will play the eight year old character Zach who is abandoned by his dad when out fishing one afternoon.

The short film was written by and is being directed by BBC NI apprentice Amy Bell with Rowanne Swain producing and will be aired around festivals including the Belfast Film Festival.

The story revisits his character through the ages of 8, 30 and 65 illustrating how the abandonment impacted on Zach's life.

The film is set in the 1960s and Toby explained that he has to wear "his jeans, a granda jumper that's really itchy, my parka coat and a woolly hat".

Toby added that the man who is playing his dad has dark hair so he needs to keep his hat on as he is fair haired.

"My mum sent off a video of me and some head shots and I was really excited when I found out I had been picked as the character Zach. I have been practicing my lines at home and my mum has been great helping me with them," said Toby.

"I'm not getting paid to act in the film but they are treating me to my lunch. I might decide on medium steak and chips," To by cheekily grinned.

In the film Toby has to cast a fishing rod which he has never done before.

"I have been crab lining before and rock pooling in Portrush, I can do a head stand on a surf board though," Toby pointed out.

Director Amy is going to make Toby a show-reel of his work once filming is over as a thank you. Toby can then use this show-reel for future auditions.

A P6 pupil at Iveagh Primary School, dedicated Toby attends the Belfast School of performing Arts every Saturday morning leaving his home at 8am.

Toby only started last February with the school but he is loving every minute of it.

"I really enjoy the singing, acting and dancing and the teachers make the lessons really fun." Not only does Toby partake in acting classes, he also enjoys ballet and tap lessons with Rowan Dance Academy in Banbridge.

Toby started in September and already has his first exam coming up in March.

Toby's best friends are Euan and Drew and Toby says they have differing opinions on his dance classes.

"Euan likes that I do ballet and tap but Drew only likes that I do tap, he doesn't know the skill involved though." Toby's mum said her son never stops: "He is always singing or dancing around the house and can be found pirouetting on a daily basis," added Laura.

"I am very proud of my son and it is good to see that he has found something which he is very passionate about. I think he is a really good role model too, for other boys who may feel that singing, acting or dancing are stereotypical things that only girls do."


Toby has also been involved with E2A Inclusive Theatre Group from the age of six where he will be playing a parrot alongside Hugo Duncan in their December performance of Aladdin.

The pantomime which is being shown at the IMC in Banbridge from 7-9 December sees Toby play a parrot who challenges Hugo Duncan to a Mastermind game.

"We both get asked questions about Country Music but Hugo ends up getting the answers wrong and I get them all right, so I get to call him a twit and a haggard munchkin, it's really funny!" laughed Toby.

Toby loves musicals and says his favourite is definitely Les Miserables.

He also enjoys watching action and war films with his dad Brian and says his favourite at the minute is 'Black Hawk Down'.

"My dad is like my taxi, he takes me to all my activities as my mum can't drive. We enjoy watching war movies together, they are my favourite." Toby has a five-year-old sister Molly who is already taking an interest in her big brother's acting: "Whenever I'm rehearsing in the house Molly loves copying me and sings along to the songs.

"My teacher Mr McRoberts is very pleased for me. There aren't many boys who do dance so he is very supportive."


Toby said that he already has big plans for the future: "I would like to be a professional singer or an actor I think."

Watch this space!

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