Imagine you're a guy right? You're tough, you get all the chicks and your a bad ass. You play footy (duh) and the town thinks you're a bloody legend.
You're at a party one night and get really boozed*, because you're so cool. But it's not just any party, it's your Grand Final celebration. You then get really tough and aggressive and start beef with people at the party. Then you get behind the wheel of a car with three others and smash right into a tree. Two people are now dead and your cousin is paralysed. Your world has been changed forever. Just like that. Don't worry you're still cool right?
Imagine now that you are not that guy. You are the brother of that guy. And it's your job to pick up the pieces of his mess. The impact of his alcohol-fueled decision is felt throughout the entire community. Your brother goes to gaol. Manslaughter. The hostility becomes so unbearable that you and your family are forced to move towns. A fresh start? Not likely. You move in with your grandmother. Your mother won't leave her bed. She reeks. Your father pretends everything is okay. You fight with your sister because she threatens to spill your family's secret. Life becomes too hard for everyone.
But you are not innocent in all of this, are you? The guilt of that night is weighing heavy on you. You let him go. You didn't plead with him to stay out of that car. If only you could rewind those tragic events, maybe you'd be sweet. How do you cope? Do you defend your brother? Do you abandon him? Do you stop visiting your cousin? Do you go on blaming yourself? Can you move on?
'The Story of Tom Brennan' explores the transition of a young adult, as he comes to terms with the torment of guilt and grief from the tragedy of one fateful night. Explore how a family and a community can overcome the unimaginable.
*Boozed: Can you detect my sarcasm? No, you are not cool. You just think you are.