About the filmmaker: Paddy Campbell & Rachna Suri
ABOUT THE SCRIPT
Ox Mountain Death Song is based on a short story by Irish author Kevin Barry, and is reminiscent of an old folkloric tale, despite being set in contemporary Ireland. The film is dark, odd and tense – an Irish Western - Hell or High Water meets Six Shooter. Barry's wild imagination creates a rich, colourful and authentic set of characters and also frames the landscape as a character, so powerful that it moulds and influences the characters’ actions, making it hugely cinematic.
What is a police officer without a criminal? Sergeant Tom Brown and The Young Canavan fit together like pieces of a puzzle. Two men run by powerful instincts, who use them for their own ends in their game of hide and seek. But more than that, these are two men on the edge, just holding on to life - and this chase gives them both one final bittersweet thrill.
ABOUT THE FILMAKERS
Paddy is a Northern Irish writer based in Newcastle upon Tyne where he was Live Theatre's writer in residence 2015-16. His first full-length play, WET HOUSE premiered at Live Theatre in September 2013 as part of their 40th birthday celebrations, directed by Max Roberts. Following the success of the run, Live Theatre revived the production in September 2014 before embarking on a short tour to Hull Truck and Soho Theatre. Paddy is a past graduate of Channel 4’s screenwriting course and in 2015, he was selected to take part in Creative England’s iWrite Scheme and was recently featured on the 2017 BBC New Talent Hotlist.
Rachna is a British director working across genres, tackling complex themes through personal stories. Her diverse storytelling background spans film, theatre, animation and alternative reality games. Rachna directed award-winning online programmes for Channel 4 and BBC before becoming Executive Producer / Director at Google Creative Lab Europe. There she worked on major advertising campaigns before returning to the world of fiction with Our Lad. Made with the support of Channel 4, Our Lad was selected for a number of international film festivals including London, Seattle and Raindance. Rachna is currently developing a slate of feature film and television projects. She has been selected for numerous emerging talent schemes including BFI NETWORK @ LFF. She was named a Screen International ‘Star of Tomorrow’ in 2015 and featured on the BBC New Talent Hotlist in 2017.
Canavan and Sergeant Brown both face oblivion. Both are in a desperate fight against each and their own demise. But throughout this battle we sense that their fate is at the mercy of forces much greater than either of them. Barry writes, "as the vapors of paranoia floated in from Killala Bay and the ridgeback line of the Ox Mountains lay prone, like a crouched beast," It's this presence, the malevolence imbued in the environment, which really drew me to this story. The challenge and the joy for me of adapting it for screen is to try and bring to the fore the sinister powers which have these men at their mercy.
Paddy Campbell, Writer
Paddy’s masterful imagining of Kevin’s richly layered story is a magic combination - and I can’t wait to bring it to life. Like all the best stories, it’s wild, weird and beautiful - tackling the meat and messiness of life - and death - with a firm helping of Irish wit. It’s about the ties that connect us to our opposites and the ties to our pasts that we can’t escape, making the everyday epic whilst highlighting its futility in the same moment.
Rachna Suri, Director