Writer and director Darren McKenna writes about his new short film, a stunning piece of work which asks a question for everyone in lockdown - watch it above. 

The inspiration for this piece was my own reflection and observation with all that was taking place in Ireland and around the world.

The pandemic has hit everyone hard and in many different ways. I myself have an agency and I have seen almost every job we had booked in for the entire year dry up. Times are hard for everyone but the difference is that we are all in this together and everyone seems to know it.

Early morning, Blackrock Strand

I can not recall a time in my life where I have seen so many come together, business, local communities, people you pass by on the streets or in the park.

Everyone wants to help each other and for the first time, it seems like everyone is doing some reflecting into what really matters to them. 

Over the last few weeks, I have seen a universal mutual desire we all seem to share which is connection.

We all miss connections with each other, those moments where we all shared something memorable together.

Director of Photography Andrew Cummins films an empty street in Dublin's city centre

I believe the reason we are only seeing this now is that it has been taken away from us. So now we all look back on those good times and realise that we already had it all, we didn't need anything else.

It was almost as if the superficial aspect of life had been swept away and all that remained were those deep connections we all wanted to make time for but never did.

One morning while watching the sunrise on the Blackrock Strand this all just became so apparent to me.

I felt a deep need to go home to my mini-studio and record these realisations, to see if there was a way to share this. 

I wanted to remind people that while times are hard we are all in this together and, at the end of the day, as long as we are there for each other we will be able to get past anything.