Friday 13 March 2009

D Day

Hi all,

We are patiently waiting for the first of our 'Running Low' episodes to go online. For now, below is some information on our first episode and the characters involved.

‘Running Low’ is written by Diarmuid O’Brien, directed by PJ Dillon and produced by Amy Breen for Happy Endings Productions.

Civilisation dried up shortly after the oil did. But now, a Dublin refugee is about to find help in the last place imaginable... a midlands petrol station.

Of course the oil ran out in the end, and civilisation duly crumbled in its absence. But Tom and Bala Weldon, two slackers manning the last petrol station in Ireland, have no intention of going anywhere. Their plan, to lay low and sit out mankind’s barbarous return to the Dark Ages, is foiled by the very last thing they expected to see... a motorist.
Running Low is story about survival, finding one’s place in the world and petrol. It’s Mad Max meets Garage. Mad Maxol, if you will...

Cast of Characters:
Tom Weldon (played by Simon Delaney)
Tom is a thoughtful if unmotivated slacker in his early thirties. Tom took over the running of his family’s petrol station months before their road was bypassed, severely reducing the number of customers.

Fortunately for Tom, the station’s commercially unviable location allowed him and his cousin to keep a low profile during the brutal collapse of all Western Civilisation. As it had always been a down-to-earth country petrol station / general store / post office / farm supply outpost, Tom and Bala used their inventory to become self-sufficient – planting vegetable patches and growing crops.

Bala Weldon (played by Allen Leech)
Tom’s moodier, less patient cousin is six years younger and has worked in the petrol station full-time since he was fifteen. Bala is a natural farmer and is well handy at keeping things in repair.

Unlike the more bookish Tom, Bala attempts to wile away the post-apocalyptic boredom by replaying his modest collection of X-Box games and coming up with diverting new ways to cook potatoes and cabbage. He is also a lot more content with his lot, writing off the world beyond the petrol station as too much hassle to even be curious about.

Polly Clerkin (played by Lynette Callaghan)
An emotionally-detached young woman in her late twenties, Polly was just starting off a promising career as a civil engineer when the consequences of Peak Oil took hold; throwing the world’s economic and energy infrastructures into chaos.

Despite her stereotype-inviting accent, Polly was brought up to be very pragmatic and capable, but she is lacking in certain social skills and can come off as a bit hardnosed.


Blogger storygas said...

Good luck today-- will be linking to your blog & show any moment now from my online drama blog here

All the best

13 March 2009 at 14:27  
Blogger Ben Keenan said...

Aye, Good luck lads (and ladies)!

16 March 2009 at 10:08  

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