Roaring Narrows

Extreme close-up of an eyeball. Frantic, darting in every direction, it immediately conveys terror, confusion, mania. It remains in frame for a few seconds, and then is gone, as its owner runs out of shot.

The camera pulls back, to reveal a scene of total chaos in a small countryside town. Gradually, as more devastation is revealed visually, there is a simultaneous introduction of sounds; screaming, explosions, sirens, helicopters, shots being fired. The town is ablaze, bodies strewn hither and thither, bloodied survivors desperately attempting to flee the carnage.

As we begin to fade to black, one last sound can be heard. Quiet at first, but then becoming louder and louder, until it blocks out all the environmental noise.

A man’s laughter.


Ok, so that’ll be the opening to Roaring Narrows anyway. It’s gonna be a sort of darkly comic psychologically-induced rampage thriller, think The Guard meets Rambo by way of Taxi Driver.

The main character, a former soldier (possibly Army Ranger Wing), returns home to find that his home town in County Mayo has been hit hard by economic depression, and there is no work for him. Soon, he succumbs to his own depression, and turns to a cocktail of drugs to get him through the day. He escapes into the past for comfort, remembering how contented he felt, as a youngster, watching old war films…and, of course, completely missing their anti-war messages. Apocalypse Now, Platoon, Full Metal Jacket, Casualties of War, Deer Hunter, Hamburger Hill and, naturally enough, First Blood. Eventually, suffering demented delusional episodes in which he believes the State’s/States’ enemies have infiltrated the country and deliberately brought about its woes, he snaps, and utilises his training to run amok in the West of Ireland.

The film will explore themes of alienation, mental illness, drug abuse, economic decay, the media representation of war, and societal attitudes towards violence.

The setting? Why, Cong, of course.

Solidarity, brothers & sisters…

About Seba Roux

Gooner, Socialist, Historian, Slacker. That's pretty much all you need to know.
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