Drama - Development 2018

Dublin teenagers Matthew, nihilistic Rez, and the deranged Kearney, leave school to a social vacuum of drinking and drugs, falling into shocking acts of transgression.

    • Year of production
    • 2018
    • Genres
    • Drama
    • Countries
    • Budget
    • 1 - 3 M$
    • Director(s)
    • Eoin MACKEN
    • Writer(s)
    • Eoin MACKEN
    • Producer(s)
    • Richard BOLGER (Five Knight Films), Eoin NAUGHTON (FIVE KNIGHT FILMS)
    • Synopsis
    • In a claustrophobic Dublin at the end of the Celtic Tiger years, aimless teenager Matthew, and his disaffected thrill seeking friends have finished school. Matthew is enamored with his long time friend, Jen, and has a dangerous relationship with the charismatic and sadistic Kearney, who is fascinated by nihilistic video-games and becoming increasingly neurotic. The precocious and obsessive Rez has begun to entertain disturbing doubts about the way he perceives reality, and compulsively smoking marijuana, starts succumbing to paranoia and depression.

      Matthew is drawn to Kearney's violence and amorality, which is intensified when the three witness a young girl being run over and killed. Matthew is tormented by his response to this incident, Kearney energized, and Rez driven to suicidal thoughts. Despite hooking up romantically with Jen, Matthew can’t shake his lack of moral drive, and when Kearney begins to increasingly slide into extreme behaviour during a trip to New York and Rez tries to kill himself, Matthew finds himself searching for the answer to the question asked by a generation of youths: who does he want to be? After a night of drugs and clubbing, and a humiliating sexual experience, he resolves not to see Jen again. He instead becomes embroiled in Kearney’s journey into madness, culminating with the murder of a heroin addict, Kearney’s version of social cleansing.

      This moment splits the group, Matthew and Rez finding Kearney to extreme. Realising Kearney also drugged and raped Jen, Rez and Matthew conspire to finally end their moral dilemma. At an illegal rave on Greystones beach they murder Kearney with an ecstasy overdose. Has their future been created or destroyed by their actions, or would inaction have been more palatable for this new 21st century generation?
    • Partners & financing
    • ICM Partners (Packaging)
      Irish Film Board (Script Development)
      Magnolia Entertainment, Troika Talent (Casting)
      EGG (Post Production)
    • Beginning of shooting
    • Oct 27, 2017
    • End of shooting
    • Nov 25, 2016