Filmmaker wanted to Develop New Film
A Filmmaker Wanted to Adapt Irish Book
My name is John Scully. I’m based in Tallaght.
I have storied material titled Boyhood Dream that I would like developed to film. I believe it has potential for documentary and feature film production. See below for a full synopsis.
Nadine Ezra, the screenwriter has created a short trailer of the feature called A Fire Inside the link is, vimeo.com/61804323
There is also a rough sample video of the documentary titled No Bitter Man, which may help with development. This is available for review.
Hope to hear from you with the view to the above film project.
Boyhood Dream tells the story of an Irishman’s simple dream: to own his own store in his native Ireland. John Scully was born and reared into a working class family in Athy, County Kildare, Ireland. When he was a boy desperately poor and perpetually hungry he dreamed of nothing more than growing up to own his own store. Dreams of a safe and secure future meant that he was faced with a larger challenge than most to make them come true
At eighteen years of age he realized that he would not be able to fund his dream without leaving the country he loved. So in the 1960s there was no option for him but to head for England to find work. He was angry having to leave home because of his financial situation.
There he met his wife, Barbara, originally from Connemara, and they made plans to make John’s dream a reality. After years of hard work in England, scrimping to save enough to open their own store, John and Barbara moved back to Ireland in 1971, and bought a store in Summerhill, Dublin. This area was the only place they could find for the money they had on hand, but at least it was a place they could call their own.
Off to a promising start in Dublin they soon ran into trouble with the local gangs that vandalized their store and threatened their persons. Their troubles deepened when John tried to interest the local Gardai in their troubles. They were advised that they’d be setting up a store in a city ruled by crime, garda corruption and a desperate political movement demanding things are put right, no matter the cost.
Caught in the middle, they will risk their family, and John’s boyhood dream to fight for what they believe was rightfully theirs. How far could they go and would they be able to survive the struggle to set up their store?
The store did well at first, and the customers in the neighborhood were happy and supportive of their new shopkeepers. But as their business began to thrive, the Scully’s and their shop became the victims of a concentrated barrage of vandalism. The store was robbed, rocks were thrown through windows, stock destroyed, their cars were set on fire, not to mention there was an attempt to set the shop itself on fire. When they sought help from the Gardaí, they claimed they couldn’t protect them and advised them to leave the area.
Distraught at the lack of help from the Gardaí, the Scully’s embarked on an exhaustive search for help from local government representatives and community leaders-all to no avail.
At the end of their tether John took advice from well-meaning neighbours that as all institutions in the state had failed to help him and his family that he should approach Sinn Fein that had some influence in the area. He did as advised but ended up being arrested after returning from a meeting with them.
John, a sincere man simply trying to realize a dream of owning a shop, was arrested on other occasions as well and accused of terrorism against the state. He was thrown in jail, bullied, humiliated and subsequently lost his store and with it, his dream. When he sought justice from the law courts of Ireland he was refused.
Boyhood Dream is set in that period of current Irish history, in a country torn with wars on several levels-international and national, it details the struggle for survival against gangs and authorities that abuse their power. An average citizen enmeshed in a web of intrigue- the why of it and its inner workings-he doesn’t understand.
A very personal look behind the curtain of law enforcement at a time when a nation was trying to find its own identity lost in the chaos of internal warfare. The abuses of power in the 1970s ring true, but what of today? How far have we come in our struggle to find ourselves and protect the rights of our citizens? The story explores the resonance today as Ireland begins to redress the abuses of power in its past and the world moves into an era where threats of contemporary terrorism cloud issues of individual rights.
This is a factual account of the serious indifference shown towards one mans determination to fulfil his boyhood dream in his native Ireland.
John Scully’s story is disturbing and courageous, moving and even poignant at times.
A compulsive and frightening read.