Turning That Clown Upside Down

From 2007’s Cinephilia to this month’s Apocalypse Clown, Irish filmmaker GEORGE KANE has been responsible for some of the big and small screen’s darkest laughs. So, where did that twisted mind come from…?

From an early age, all my career ambitions involved the media on some level – journalism, animation, graphic design, music production – but it was a video project in transition year that made it all click for me.

Film-making! Why hadn’t I thought of that before? Films were a big family thing for the Kane family growing up. Having my 6-year-old heart ripped out by ET, being terrified by Ghostbusters’ gargoyles, falling in love with the Back To The Future trilogy, having my mind blown by Jurassic Park – and eventually developing a deeply geeky teenage obsession with the Marx Brothers…

Along with this school project, the Peter Biskind book Easy Riders, Raging Bulls turned me on to the films and filmmakers of ’60s/70s Hollywood, and that was that. I knew what I wanted to do.

So I went to IADT Dun Laoghaire to learn how to do it, while rinsing every 3-for-€30 video sale while I worked in HMV. I was equally into sketch comedy – Big Train, Python, Chris Morris, Mr Show…

After college, I jumped into an assistant role in a small post-production house in Dublin, which got me my very first TV credits. While there, I wrote, directed and self-funded a comedy pilot over the course of 18 months and, luckily, sent it to exactly the right commissioner in Channel 4. He introduced me to Belfast company Green Inc and, a year later, I was directing my first Channel 4 comedy pilot.

Fifteen years later and thankfully it’s all  worked out pretty well, as I don’t know how to do anything else…

George Kane’s Apocalypse Clown screens at The Whale on Friday, October 13th – tickets here: https://whaletheatre.ticketsolve.com/ticketbooth/shows/873639500/events/128483535

 

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