RTÉ and Screen Ireland have announced the eight Storyland projects which are in development.
Of the eight dramas developed, three single dramas of 25 minutes duration will be commissioned for production and will be broadcast on RTÉ2 and RTÉ Player.
The Storyland 2023 finalists are as follows:
Falling for the Life of Alex Whelan (Pure Divilment Pictures)
Writer Nell Hensey
Producer Claire Mooney
A young Chinese Irish woman meets the man of her dreams at a foreign language film club. She discovers the next day through social media that he has died. Piecing together who he was through his online life, she begins to wonder what could have been.
The Quiet Ocean (Tile Media)
Writer Barry Smyth
Producer Fiona Kinsella
The Receptionist of a futuristic motel where people go to end their lives falls in love with a newly arrived guest.
Paddy (Cluster Fox Films)
Writer Thomas Connors
Producer Tiernan Williams
Mrs Connors is dying, but before she does, she will get her son Paddy hitched. It may take a village to raise a child, but it requires a halting site to get an idiot married.
Far (EZ Films)
Writer Shannon Welby
Producer David Power
A young woman back home in rural Ireland struggles to decide whether to keep her pregnancy, while uncovering her trusty brother’s dark devotion to a far-right group.
The Cousin (MDV)
Writer Stevie Russell
Producer Michael Donnelly
A young father is accepted into a prestigious art college and must tell his cousin he is leaving a life of crime behind.
The Arrangements (Copper Alley Productions)
Writer Jack Hickey
Producer Lara Hickey
Neurotic Neighbours Ben and Maggie, disillusioned with their respective marriages, embark on a tentative affair – only to discover their care-free spouses might have beaten them to the punch…
Human Tupperware (Pale Rebel Productions)
Writer Joanna McClurg
Producer Tamryn Reinecke
Living together in rural Northern Ireland, a queer, socially anxious young man and his stubborn, disabled mother thirst for independence and purpose. Their tender but tangled relationship is increasingly corrupted by the technology they rely upon to escape limitations of their modest lives.
Wrapped (Pipedream Productions & Alfonso Films)
Writer Tracy Martin
Producer Claire McCabe
Two Irish women travel through airport security with thousands of euro worth of cocaine strapped to their bodies, hoping to leave their past behind.