Swords man breaks America with new short film, Ya Clown

by Sylvia Pownall

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]Swords writer David Gilna has broken America with a new short film he made to celebrate the 250th anniversary of circus entertainment.

The talented writer, actor and stand-up comedian made his debut as a director with one-minute short, Ya Clown.

The film was screened at the Galway Film Fleadh, the Kerry Film Festival and the Richard Harris International Film Festival and is attracting attention from overseas.

David’s creative path crossed with Fossett’s Circus in 2008 when they came up with the idea for Theatre Under the Big Top at Electric Picnic, which is still going strong.

He told Dublin Gazette: “At one point in my childhood I was told I wouldn’t amount to anything in life. I wanted to create a short that twisted the power of words and shows the world the power of dreams.”

The short film does just that wth the help of a cast of three – Frank Allen, Nathan Clarke and Edward Fossett, who plays a young school boy in detention who is told by his teacher he will not achieve anything in life before a mystical clown tells him not to give up on his dreams.

David said: “I’ve just uploaded it online and have received rave reviews and awards for this heart-warming story. This is just building the foundations towards my debut feature film dedicated to Irish circus.”

Meanwhile David, who started a successful stand-up comedy night for up and coming talent at the Lord Mayor’s pub earlier this year, also helped launch Fingal County Council’s Culture and Creativity Strategy at County Hall in Swords last week.

The framework supports the development of a range of cultural initiatives over the next five years to allow citizens to realise their full creative potential.

A Creative Conversations Project – a four-part interview series filmed by IT Blanchardstown student Tobi Ilori from Tyrrelstown – was also launched.

The film explores creativity through the thoughts of four artists working in Fingal and features award-winning garden designer Jane McCorkrell, David Gilna, musician Arun Rao and artist Paul D’Arcy.

Fingal Mayor Cllr Anthony Lavin (FG) said: “We are very fortunate to have a diverse and rich heritage of music, folklore and local history which inspires Fingal residents.

“By supporting and encouraging creativity we can bring our communities together, strengthen our sense of identity and enhance general wellbeing.”

The council strategy recognises the development of Swords cultural quarter as a key development along with creative hubs across Fingal and frequent pop-up models.

The strategy can be viewed at www.fingal.ie. David’s short film can be viewed at https:// youtu.be/KisdR2Ol894[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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