*Kiljan Moroney with Barry Keoghan
Many sectors of the arts are clouded by uncertainty as a result of COVID-19, cinema closures have impacted on the releases of new films including one starring a young Clare actor.
Released in cinemas in mid-March, Calm With Horses has been available to view on a range of VOD platforms since the end of April. Barry Keoghan, David Wilmot, Ned Dennehy, Niamh Algar and Cosmo Jarvis are among the cast for the crime drama which also includes Michael Fassbender as an Executive Producer.
Ennis’ Simone Kirby stars as June while five year old Kiljan Moroney from Annagh is identified as a rising star in the film. Moroney plays the role of Jack who is the son of the Jarvis and Algar’s characters.
Jack has autism and the five year old’s equine therapy sessions inspired the film’s title. A student at Annagh NS, the role is hoped to be the start of a special career for Kiljan. He had been lined up for several auditions in the wake of the film, however many projects have been put on ice as a result of COVID-19.
Parts of Calm With Horses were also shot in Kilkee adding to the Clare connections to the film. Critics have noted that there is a “West Country Western” feel to the drama which is Nick Rowland’s first feature.