The Shewsy

When an ex-public schoolboy undertakes a Christian mission to set up a youth club in the Liverpool slums, a bent copper, corrupt landlord and runaway orphan challenge his methods and beliefs.

  • Kenny O'Connell
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    Television Script
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    United Kingdom
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  • London International Screenwriter Competition
Writer Biography - Kenny O'Connell

Writing biography:
I started writing in 2008. Throughout the past decade, I have attended numerous screen and TV writing courses to further my career - my main focus is 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 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 Stageplays that have been staged at Liverpool’s Epstein Theatre.

I have a self-published novella, “The Hoodie & the High Rip Gang,” 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. I was a finalist in the International London Screenwriting Awards with my script, ‘The Hoodie & the High Rip Gang’. 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, and characterization all flow utterly professionally 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 the scene 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.

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Writer Statement

I was born and bred in Everton, Liverpool, home to the Shrewsbury House Youth Club. As a club member in my teenage years and having worked there in adulthood as a music tutor, I have a passion for the place and its remarkable history and personal insight into the impact of the organisation's work on the local community. 'Writing from inside out' gives me a unique advantage in bringing these fictional/factual stories to life on-screen.