International award winning actor loves telling stories

BEST ACTOR: Former Yeppoon man David Gannon won an award for the lead role in the short film Hangry at the Marietta International Film Festival in Atlanta Georgia recently.
BEST ACTOR: Former Yeppoon man David Gannon won an award for the lead role in the short film Hangry at the Marietta International Film Festival in Atlanta Georgia recently. Contributed

IF YOU combine the word hunger and anger, what do you get?

You get the name of the short film that saw former Yeppoon man David Gannon win best actor in an international film festival recently.

But that's not the only award the short film took home.

Directed by Sophie O'Connor and written by Richard Di Gregorio and Chris Broadstock, the film centres around Ricky, a local hood who has a simple job to do - sit with a bag full of cash and wait for the boss.

Alone and bored, hunger turns to anger and he spends two dollars of the boss's money. He'll have to think quickly to pay it back before the boss arrives.

Every bite will cost him.

Hangry was awarded Best World Short at Soho International Film Festival in NY with two sold out screenings, Best Screenplay, Best Foreign Film and David's Best Actor, all at the Marietta International Film Festival in Atlanta, Georgia.

Originally cutting his teeth in the world of theatre, David said he chose to focus more towards the film and TV scene around six years ago.

"I also had a plenty of great times performing in a comedy duo for a few years in many festivals around in both Sydney and Melbourne," he said while explaining some of his career highlights.

"I fell in love with creating something from scratch; bringing it to life and seeing it work.

"Don't get me wrong, there were plenty of times where it didn't work and we 'died' on stage, but that's how one learns.

"With my director hat on, definitely my short film 'Mop Head' which, last year, managed to screen at Tropfest and win the GetUp! #ReefReels competition, picking up a cool $10,000."

Growing up in Yeppoon, David admitted it was wanting to meet girls that led him into drama.

"It did in fact steer me in the direction of the acting game," he said.

"As silly as it sounds, as a young boy, attending an all boy high school in a small town, I quickly discovered that the only way to meet with the girl's school was to do musicals and music tours.

"Needless to say, I didn't hesitate on signing up.

"The rush of getting on that stage and feeding off the audience outweighed every extreme sport I was into at the time and I was hooked.

"I didn't understand technique or what acting really was, but I was more than eager to find out."

David is also involved in running the small production company, The Cameralla.

"We've been fortunate enough to win some awards, prize money and work with many other talented filmmakers," he said.

"As a group, we each cover many roles and have different strengths.

"For me, acting is the main game, but my overall objective is to tell stories, whether that be through playing a character, writing, directing or even producing in order to get that story out there."

But his future career plans involve firing himself.

"I'll be getting new agent," he said. "I've been freelancing, being my own boss for a little while now. I think its time to fire myself, open those bigger doors and focus more on acting - hopefully getting more roles in feature films.

"The big goal is to become an established actor in film and TV, which will allow me to afford both the time and money to go back to my first love, theatre."

"This doesn't mean that I won't be making films.

"I will definitely continue to make more and more, hopefully telling bigger stories and being able to pay those talented people who have so generously worked for free, giving their time, energy and love to making my films."

Topics:  short films

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