Interview with Filmmaker Kieron O’Sullivan (Consequences of Living a Lie)

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

Kieron O’Sullivan: The Consequences of Living a Lie is about a young man who can’t accept that he’s gay, so he’s a lived a constant lie and after the death of his girlfriend, he finally starts to face the consequences of all the lies he’s told. This is journey where Jack finally accepts who he is after being haunted by the ghost of his heartbroken girlfriend, and he finally finds happiness with his true love, Ellis.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

This screenplay is a Coming of Age story that falls into the Drama/Dark Comedy genre.

3. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

I believe this screenplay should be made into a movie because I haven’t seen this kind of coming out story before. This screenplay represents a different side to the LGBT community that shows the consequences of lying to yourself and the people around you, and how painful it can be for a man to come out as gay when he’s shrouded by the guilt of being in love with a man within a straight society. On top of that, this screenplay shows the perspective of girlfriend who’s been lied to by her secretly gay boyfriend, and how it darkens the view of her seemingly perfect life as she tries to pass onto the afterlife.

4. How would you describe this script in two words?

Unique and Honest.

5. What movie have you seen the most times in your life?

If we’re including my childhood, it would be a tie between The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast (the original animations of course). But we’re simply talking adulthood, it would probably be Christopher Nolan’s Inception – I love how complex the narrative is and I’m still dying to know what the ending means!

6. How long have you been working on this screenplay?

From coming up with the idea to actually executing the screenplay, it took me 3 months to finish the current draft of the screenplay.


7. How many stories have you written?

I currently work in the Story Team of one of the biggest Soap Opera’s in England, and we broadcast 322 episodes a year, so I’ve written hundreds of stories for that. In terms of my own work, I’ve written 4 screenplays so far with another in progress.

8. What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)

Probably Jolene by Dolly Parton.

9. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

One of the biggest obstacles I faced in finishing this screenplay was trying to fit in writing time around my job. The story came to me quite quickly but it took a lot of perseverance to sit down and write after work and on my free weekends.


10. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Apart from writing, I’m passionate about spending time with my husband and my family. I love watching films and binge watching TV series but I’ve recently started to learn pole dancing – it began as a joke with my boss but I quickly fell in love with it and haven’t looked back since – and it’s nice being one of the only men in the class.

11. You entered your screenplay via FilmFreeway. What has been your experiences working with the submission platform site?

My experience has been extremely positive it was easy to use and easy to keep track of my progress.

12. What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?

I wanted to enter this festival because I believed my screenplay would be in safe hands within an LGBT competition – it’s nice to know that my screenplay was read by people who really care about LGBT stories. The feedback I received was incredibly helpful, encouraging and it inspired some great ideas to help improve my screenplay.

Watch the Screenplay Reading: 

This is a story about one’s boys journey out of the closest, and the consequences of the lies he’s to everyone in his life, especially his girlfriend.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Val Cole
Jack: Biden Hall
Daisy: Aliya Hamid