The Hoodie & the High Rip Gang

A Hooded gang leader from 2023 is sent back to 1911 and meets his nemesis in the brutal ‘High Rip Gang’. His only hope of survival is to return to the present day.

  • Kenny O'Connell
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Writer Biography - Kenny O'Connell

I started writing in 2008. Throughout the past decade, I have attended numerous screen and TV writing courses in a bid to further my career - my main focus being to achieve screen and film credits. I have recently finished a screenplay “The Hoodie and the High Rip Gang” that is gaining good attention from industry professionals. With such encouragement, I have followed this script up with two TV scripts that are in the final draft stage. As a self-employed writer, I spend at least six hours a day writing, studying, and honing my craft, and I am a member of the Liverpool Playwrights.
Furthermore, I have completed four stage plays, performed at Liverpool's Epstein Theatre, for which I received three generous Arts Council Grants to support production costs.

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Writer Statement

I have a self-published novella, titled “The Hoodie & the High Rip Gang”, which is stocked in Waterstones stores around the Merseyside area and online at Amazon Kindle.
Awards and achievements:
Whilst attending a screenwriting course at Liverpool John Moore's University, the script I wrote titled “Part Vampire” was selected to be made into a short film. As an accomplished songwriter, I have won a BASCA award and had two songs placed in films.
Reference: Lee Sturnthal (Writer-Director) Credits include - Tron Legacy & The Words
Kenny is a very skilled writer, one of the most skilled screenwriters I’ve encountered in a long time. Scene construction, dialogue, characterization, all flow in an utterly professional manner as if I’m reading a script from a long-time studio vet. There’s a naturalness to his writing that can’t be taught, a feel for writing and screenwriting in particular. Kenny understands cuts and
how to get in and out of scene rather effectively. I have no hesitation in recommending him as a writer.
Reference: John Maxwell (Senior Lecturer) LJMU Screen School
Kenny first came to my attention during the WEA sessions hosted by LJMU. As a lecturer in Screenwriting and a producer of films that have sold theatrically and to network TV, I have worked with hundreds of writers both within and outside academia. Kenny soon stood out as someone who knew how to filter life experience into a writerly craft, to the extent that the WEA selected his screenplay PART VAMPIRE to be made into a short film in 2011.
Since then, I have helped Kenny to script edit his longer, more-layered screenplays. His strengths include a diligent craft, a high flair for developing convincing, darkly funny characters and a dogged, thorough penchant for research that can only serve him well in this business.
I have no hesitation in recommending Kenny and I am delighted to see him take further steps into the Film and Television industries.