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Q & A with the writers of At Water's Edge, Glynis and Dean Hagan
How did you get started as writers?
DEAN: I suppose I have always been a dreamer and always loved creating stories. Back in 1998 Dave Duggan ran a screenwriting course for Northern Ireland Screen, which I decided to attend. I loved the idea that someone from Northern Ireland could write something that could end up at the Oscars. From then I was hooked. Over the years I wrote a number of shorts, dramas and feature scripts in my spare time.
GLYNIS: This has been my first writing experience. Over the years I have been the first person to read Dean’s scripts. We would discuss them and pull them apart. I have always had a passion for drama so when Dean asked me to consider writing a script for Primetime I thought I would have a go and I loved it.
What inspired you to write ‘At Water’s Edge?
GLYNIS: We wanted to write a story about ordinary people living their lives in Northern Ireland as if it were anywhere in the world, a universal story.
DEAN: The idea of exploring what family means appealed to us so we started playing with different scenarios until we found one that we both liked.
GLYNIS: We also wanted to write a strong female role, which lead us to our main character, Beth.
What's your writing routine? How do you work together?
GLYNIS: Dean and I used to play in a band together so we were used to working together. A lot of the writing process for us is not really sitting typing. It is talking through the story. At the beginning of each draft we would take long walks talking through the story.
DEAN: We would then sit down together in our back room once we were ready to put something on paper, usually mid morning or late evening as we have kids.
GLYNIS: I know some writing teams like to go away and write scenes in different rooms and then edit each others work, but we like to write together.
DEAN: What’s great about it is that we can bounce ideas and dialogue off each other and get that immediate visceral response. And because we know each other so well we can shoot bad ideas down quickly and move on without worrying about egos.
What ambition do you have as writers? What do you want to do next?
DEAN: We would like to have a career in television writing drama, eventually developing our own series.
GLYNIS: I would love to write stories and characters that touch the heart of an audience the way only great drama can.
DEAN: Next? We would like to work on a recurring drama like Eastenders or Casualty to build our experience.
What TV do you enjoy watching?
DEAN: We have quite an eclectic taste in television although we are both not into reality TV much. We have always been into drama since Thirty Something, Morse, Cracker, Cold Feet.
GLYNIS: Sherlock Holmes, Life on mars, Eastenders, Holby City.
What has Primetime meant to you?
DEAN: It has been a wonderful experience and we feel very honoured to be given this great opportunity.
GLYNIS: It has been a great privilege to work with so many talented people. It takes the talent and skills of so many people to bring a script to the screen and we would like to thank everyone who worked so hard and believed in our script.
DEAN: We would like to thank the cast and crew and our director, Terry Loane for all their hard work.
GLYNIS: We can’t wait to do it again!
- Ian Hopkins
- Brendan Mullin
- Terry Loane