A dark, dingy basement.
One man is tied to a chair.
Another man stands before him, gripping a large hammer.
A video camera whirs away in the background.
“How do you know me?” asks the man with the hammer.
“I’ve never seen you before in my life,” answers the man in the chair.
“You will tell me how you know me, and what you’ve done to me, or you won’t get out of that chair alive.”
So begins Black Pool, a gripping thriller of imprisonment and interrogation, as three desperate people engage in a battle of wills that may leave one of them dead. Set all in one night, the film uses a contemporary story of fatalism and vengeance to explore the conflict that has raged in Northern Ireland for nearly a hundred years.
Michael is a tortured Irishman living with his wife Emma in America. Perpetually down on his luck, he has projected his life’s misfortune onto a stranger, a man who changed his life in a tragic incident nearly thirty years earlier. A shadowy figure he saw for only a fleeting moment. But tonight, through a chance encounter, he believes he’s found the man who ruined his life. And he’s going to make him pay.
But does he have the right man?
This question ignites a revenge-fueled game of cat-and-mouse that will test Michael’s understanding of his past. And caught between the two men is Emma, who may hold the only key to escaping the night alive. This Irish/American co-production was written and directed by Emmy-winning filmmaker Dustin Morrow, and stars Tom Walton, Amber Stonebraker and Todd Van Voris. The film was partially shot on location in Dublin and Belfast.