Words have always been central to my work.
So some years ago I set myself the task of writing a screenplay
in which themes and story were driven by visuals and dialogue
The result was the first draft of The
Stock, a feature-length psychological thriller set in
contemporary Ireland, written with funding from The Irish
The Stock’s setting came out
of the experience of seeing the effects of four forces - declining
agriculture; growth in technology; immigrant labour; and the
consequent cultural and economic disenfranchisement of the
Its central theme is the underlying psychological
truths in traditional folk rituals and beliefs. The characters
are two middle-aged brothers, their mother, and one brother’s
twenty-four year-old, pregnant Polish girlfriend.
This is an extract from an appraisal by my
script editor, novelist Kate O’Riordan:
"The Stock is a dark and intense
work with a deliberate sense of claustrophobia and well delineated
throb of menace throughout, culminating in what is essentially
a bloodbath. It’s about the rivalry between two brothers
and how the characters see new life as a threat to the secret
bonds and unspoken agreements that a mother and her two sons
have sealed together…... much of the language, ….
lies in tiny details, nuances almost. Much is implied .It’s
a powerful, deliberately stylised piece of story-telling."
The Stock is my second screenplay.
The first, The Iroquois Gesture, is a romantic comedy,
set in NYC and upstate New York, about genetic engineering,
intellectual property rights and corporate bonding in the
woods. Neither has sold yet but I guess that puts me in good