Institute of Art Design + Technology
Dún Laoghaire

Domhnall Cotter 

BA [Hons] Film + Television Production

Domhnall Cotter is an award-winning director, screenwriter, and animator from Dublin. His primary interest is infusing the textural elements of genre cinema with sweet, and sad, human narratives. In 2024 he began work on his largest project yet - Star Quest - an ambitious, retro sci-fi inspired drama starring Patrick Bergin, which is in the final stages of post-production. Also in 2024 he directed and animated Drawn Together as part of the RTEjr short scheme and will air on RTÉ in the coming months.

'Dead Boys' - Feature Film Script

Conor, a lonely, love-stricken schoolboy, discovers a living corpse in the attic of his school, and endeavors to help him rebuild his body to head out into the world to win back the heart of his old girlfriend, confronting their own inner demons, regrets of the past, and redefining their beliefs about love and loss along the way.

I envisioned the story as almost a demented sort of ‘heist’ film, where the heist in question is reuniting the poor old corpse with his lost love. Using that idea as the bones onto which I could fuse the thematic meat, the ideas about memory, first loves, regrets, and loss.

My hope is that ‘Dead Boys’ feels like a lot of different genres, rom-com, horror, comedy - but, at its heart, is always a sad drama about love, loss and growing up. All the genre-inflected moments are just tools to bring excitement while we develop the story of this young man.

Conor’s burgeoning friendship with the corpse in the attic, Charlie, is really the crux of the film. Conor, innocent, bullied, naive, is the total opposite to the worldly, confident, and knowledgeable Charlie,