Sweetness Follows

Earl Cottrell is released from prison after spending three years inside for molesting a teenage boy.

Supported by his ever faithful wife Emily, Earl begins his integration into society by spending time readjusting to his surroundings.

Earl’s victim, Derek, must decide the best way to confront Earl for the crime he committed.

Creative team

Writer/director: Christopher O’Brien
Producer: Naomi Mark

Filmmaker’s statement

This film was part of the 2014 8×10 Cineworks Filmmaking Challenge in which applicants were given eight lines of dialogue from the Atom Egoyan film The Sweet Hereafter. The premise was to rework those lines of dialogue into an original 10 page script.

The last eight lines of the film are taken directly from The Sweet Hereafter.

About Christopher O’Brien

Christopher O'Brien

Christopher O’Brien is a writer and director.

He has made seven short films to date, one of which – MW – won best screenplay at a small independent film festival in Edmonton, and was also featured on YTV’s Final Cut, where Chris was paired up with filmmaker Gary Burns who reviewed and critiqued the film.

After a seven-year hiatus in which Christopher founded a successful junk removal enterprise, he returned to filmmaking in 2010, attending the Manhattan edit workshop in NYC.

In early 2012 he sold half of his business and took a leave of absence to study at the Langara Film Arts program. He has since sold his remaining stock in the company and has been working as a sound mixer and assistant editor in Vancouver.

One comment

  1. Barb and Mark Evans-Ehricht

    A well polished piece. Engrossing performances. Well scripted and edited. Not my favourite subject matter but excellent work on it nonetheless. All in all, high fives, or if preferred, kudos to the many makers.

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