Where do you live? At the moment I don’t entirely know! I divide my time between London and Dublin. London feels like home to me but I grew up in Dublin, so there’s an attachment to both. I’m a lost soul standing at a dusty turnpike, kinda. Are there dusty turnpikes in Ireland or the UK? Probably not. So I’m probably on the wrong continent too.
What are you working on right now? A story set on an American Indian reservation in New Mexico… and a whole slew of other stuff. I say slew – that’s probably unfair – at least until it climbs out of the primordial soup of my addled brain and becomes something real I guess.
Who do you want to be when you grow up? Someone who’s happy and content, creative and calm, in everything I do. But I’ll be honest with you, I’m still working on the growing up part.
Do you have any odd creative rituals? I’d love to tell you yes of course, that I can only create in a minimalistic hexagonal space with analogue bleeps in the background whilst sitting with a concealed strip of Kubrickian 35mm film Sellotaped to my bottom but alas, no. No rituals come to mind. One thing though (if you’re still interested) I used to write veraciously to music. Now I find it distracts me, veers me from the tone of whatever I’m working on because I become too immersed in the music itself.
A teaser for Sean’s latest feature film: Banshee Blacktop, An Irish Ghost Story (watch at your peril)
Describe your most inspiring working environment… I suppose the space needs to be tidy, not obsessively so, preferably lined with books. Nature should be close, a wide expanse if possible… a place to clear the head, to walk. I love to walk.
What are you obsessed with? Movies, books, nature, other stuff.
What’s on your bedside table? A Story Lately Told: Angelica Huston’s first memoir about growing up in Ireland, London and New York, with John Huston as her Da. It’s mighty stuff, both gorgeous and fascinating. One of those books you devour slowly because you don’t want to see it end.
What’s your idea of luxury? Great coffee, dark chocolate, the opening credits of what you just KNOW will be a terrific movie… with good company… but not always. Oh and there’s the promise perhaps of a long leisurely day ahead of me the next morning, a walk in the forest or mountains, the coast… How’s that?