‘Sarah’s War’ was made into a feature film and completed in May 2018. It was Brian’s second full-length play.
Having won some writing competitions, and building on the success and enthusiastic response for his previous full length work ‘Estate Agent’ in 2011 which was staged in three separate venues, he was inspired to write ‘Sarah’s War’ by a visit in November 2014 to a friend’s old Motor boat moored on the Hamble River.
Other creative accomplishments include about twenty short play scripts, but he has also written, produced and directed a number of short films, with a view to learning ‘everything you need to know’ about the craft of film making. In 2013 he qualified as an Apple Certified Trainer for Film Editing.
Other interests have included light opera, musicals and choral work arising from his long association with Imperial Male Voice choir resulting in a wide variety of performances. For example in 2012 the choir undertook a joint project with Chelsea Opera Group at the Queen Elizabeth Hall for a concert performance of Verdi’s opera La Forza Del Destino. International tours to France, Switzerland and beyond, included performing in the prestigious Glinka Capella Hall in St Petersburg in October 2013.
More recent stage performances (2014) involved ensemble work in a run of twenty six shows of Light Shining in Buckinghamshire at the National Theatre (Lyttleton).
However his overriding passion is to write stage plays which may ultimately become the basis for screen plays for film.
Sarah's War Budget: $0 - $100K | Biography ‘And I thought the war was going to pass us by’ ‘Be careful what you wish for Sarah!’
Film by Brian O'Connell (Biography) Writer Director Sarah’s War is an exciting and moving World War 2 biographical drama. As an evacuee on her grandfather’s motor boat, Sarah relishes a world that would never normally be the experience for a young girl. She is gutsy, intelligent and determined, and when a Nazi commandeers the vessel, she more than proves her worth. However the aftermath of the war brings a cruel and relentless personal battle. More than a war film it focuses on the palpable struggle of a single mother in censorious post war England (a topic that is rarely covered), whose only hope lies with the Nazi that once nearly took her life. This film is about courage, survival and love. ‘And I thought the war was going to pass us by’ ‘Be careful what you wish for Sarah!’