A dark legend tells of a mysterious book with no identifiable author, the only thing known of its contents, its subject matter, is that it has magical - endless pages that contain stories of horror, wonder, and dread. Many have searched for it throughout the sands of time. Many have lost themselves in this quest, never to be heard from again. By other worldly assistance, or pure malevolence, one man has located this "book," and has dared to open its pages, to release it back on the world... Brent Sims' Grave Shivers.
The film earned several awards, including the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film. McDonagh is a brilliant story teller and fully deserves his Tony nominations and his Olivier Award for Best Play (The Pillowman). McDonagh (formerly a playwright, here making his film debut) is a master craftsman, able to play several levels at the same time. "Six Shooter" is shocking, heartbreaking and very funny, often simultaneously. The story, in a nutshell, revolves around four people, each suffering a very recent death in their families. As they each deal with the loss in very different ways, they collide with each other, sometimes with words, sometimes with more. It's also fantastic to see the raw talent of Ruaidhri Conroy back on screen and with none other than Brendan Gleeson, the master! The cast is uniformly excellent, especially Brendan Gleeson as the sad-eyed protagonist. McDonagh's pitch-perfect writing - while not approaching the near-apocalyptic absurdity of plays like "The Lieutenant of Inishmore".
Directed by Martin McDonagh. Starring: Brendan Gleeson, Rúaidhrí Conroy, David Wilmot, Aisling O'Sullivan