When I was a little girl in Ireland I loved making daisy chains, just like many generations of little Irish girls before and after me.
But why, you may ask, am I day dreaming about daisy chains in the middle of winter?
Well, this week I watched a beautiful short film, called The Daisy Chain, created by Ken Williams and Denis Fitzpatrick.
Ever since I watched this short movie, I just couldn’t stop dreaming of childhood days of summer and linking daisy chains in the fields on my granny’s farm near Skibbereen.
The Daisy Chain, a poignant, reflective drama was shot in Schull in West Cork in July 2013. The filmmakers chose Schull because Ken Williams wrote the script for a Jim Sheridan Masterclass at the Fastnet Film Festival earlier that summer.
Luckily this movie has now been made available for viewing on YouTube. I highly recommend taking a peek.
It’s just over 5 minutes long and I confess, it brought a tear to my eye. A happy tear, as it kindled childhood memories of West Cork, and of daisies, buttercups, dandelions, and all the wildflower games we played as children.
And so here it is, the remarkable little movie, The Daisy Chain….
Narrated by the Irish actress Fiona Shaw and co-directed by Ken Williams & Denis Fitzpatrick, this beautiful film was selected to screen on RTE 2 Television in Ireland in June 2015 on their program Shortscreen.
The Film has been viewed and appreciated by film festival viewers all over Ireland, and in Boston and London. It was officially selected at all the following film festivals ….
- Fastnet Film Festival Official Selection
- Irish Film Festival Official Selection
- Boston Irish Film Festival Official Selection
- St Albans Film Festival Official Selection
- IndieCork Film Festival Official Selection
- London Lord Mayor St Patrick’s Day Film Festival Official Selection
It was also nominated for the Best Original Score at the Fastnet Film Festival.
Fast forward 11 months to May 2014. The Daisy Chain had its Irish premiere in Schull. The very same day Ken Williams’ wife gave birth to their first child. A baby girl, called Daisy!
Isn’t Daisy adorable wearing her very own daisy chain!
And so, as we weather the bleak, dreary days of January, let’s dream of summer days and linking beautiful daisy chains once again.
This summer take your children to the fields to gather daisies by the dozen. Teach them to gently pierce the daisies’ stems with a fingernail, and to delicately pass the stems through each loop.
Daisies need to be handled with care, but please do pass on this traditional skill, so that little girls may continue to enjoy wearing daisy bracelets, necklaces and crowns for many summers to come.
Slán agus beannacht,
(Goodbye and blessings)
Irish American Mom
P.S. A big thank you to Ken Williams for sharing his short film with us today, and for granting me permission to share this beautiful picture of his little girl.