Funeral For A Friend: Leeds teenagers star in rock video

Pictured from left back row are Liam Myers, Jack Shultz, Connor Matthews and Joel McVeigh (front).

Pictured from left back row are Liam Myers, Jack Shultz, Connor Matthews and Joel McVeigh (front).

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Meet the schoolboy actors who have landed a job to die for.

The friends all appear in the latest music video of chart-topping Welsh rockers, Funeral For A Friend.

Joel McVeigh, 16, Jack Schultz, 16, Liam Myers, 16 and Connor Matthews, 17, were cast as four pals in the video for the band’s latest release, Sixteen.

The film is a loose interpretation of the cult coming-of-age movie Stand By Me.

The four pals are shown laughing, playing, joking, fighting and burying a time capsule, which is later dug up by one of the boys as a grown-up.

And it is no fleeting appearance, as the boys arguably appear more in the video than the actual band.

The friends are all students at the Centre Stage Academy, off Henshaw Lane, in Yeadon, Leeds.

Principal Carol Bicker said clinching the roles was quite a coup for the boys.

Carol, who runs the drama and music academy on a voluntary basis, said: “They did brilliantly well to get the parts and they had a great time filming.

“The video was shot in the middle of a wood in Bolton and it was set in the past so we had to scour charity shops to try to get the right sort of outfits.

“It took a while but we go there in the end and created a really good look for them.

“We also had to do their hair in a certain way.

“They ended up looking like young Beatles!”

It isn’t the boys’ stab at the small screen – all four have has recurring parts as schoolchildren in BBC1’s award-winning teaching drama Waterloo Road.

Joel is a pupil at Guiseley School, Connor is at Prince Henry’s in Otley, Jack, studies at Horsforth School, while Liam, goes to Ralph Thoresby.

To see the boys’ brush with stardom, watch the video for Sixteen on YouTube. go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgBkZabDN9g.

vicki.robinson@ypn.co.uk

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