The Cocaine Famine

The Cocaine Famine

Two Irish drug dealers, Jacko and his much-maligned sidekick Niallser, drag a captured cockney rival into an abandoned shed in the depths of rural Ireland. A stash of cocaine has gone missing, supplies are running low, and Jacko has his mind set on who is responsible. Things don't look good for Andy, the prisoner from London. Especially since the vengeful Jacko has a mighty bone to pick with the English. One that goes all the way back to the Famine. The interrogation spirals into a fiercely nationalistic debate about Anglo-Irish history, increasing the threat that something truly terrible is going to happen.

Director Bio

Sam McMullen was born in London, but raised in Paris and Johannesburg. He studied History & Political Science at Trinity College Dublin, where he spent most of his waking hours working in theatre, acting and directing with some of the best young writers working in Ireland today. In 2016, he graduated with a masters in Directing Fiction from the National Film & Television School. His short films all focus on examining humans in surreal or fantastical settings, and span genres from science fiction to dystopian western and supernatural drama.


  • Directed by:Sam McMullen
  • Written by:Brian Martin
  • Produced by:Sam McMullen & Brian Martin
  • Runtime:13 mins
  • Completion Date:September 20, 2018
  • Country of Origin:Ireland
  • Country of Filming:United Kingdom
  • Category:Irish Live-Action
  • Selection:In Competition - Programme 3
  • Screening Time / Venue:
    Fri 16th - Cooney's Hotel - 9-10am
    / Sat 17th - The Library - 9-10am
  • Links: Twitter

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