Irish Screenwriter Shane McCabe wins in LA

Probable Cause places 3rd at the Annual Write Movies International Writing Competition

Writer/Director Shane McCabe’s feature script Probable Cause, has placed 3RD at the 24th Annual Write Movies International Writing Competition 2010. Selected from over a thousand internationally submitted scripts, Probable Cause is a whodunit thriller set off the Florida Keys. The festival organizers will now actively pitch the winning scripts to all the major studios, as well as many of the top production companies.

Commenting on the win McCabe said “I’m tremendously excited at being placed at such a prestigious competition as Write Movies International Writing Competition. Receiving this award validates a lot of hard work and shows that Irish screenwriters can find a voice in the international market place.”
McCabe describes the feature as Rashomon meets The Usual Suspects, a high stakes crime/thriller in which the audience is given a revolving perspective of just who is the guilty party.

The success comes hot on the heels of McCabe’s feature, The Base, scooping top prize at the Back in the Box Screenwriting Competition 2009. The Base will go into production next year with Shane attached to direct. Previous to that his Latin-themed script, Next of Kin, received the “LSC Honourable Mention Award” at the 3rd Annual Latino Screenplay Competition 2008 and is currently being considered by Echo Lake Productions in the US having attracted the attention of top Colombian actress Sofia Vergara.

Speaking of the Irish film industry McCabe said “I believe it is not necessary to have huge budget movies to have box office success, but compelling stories, stories which resonate with international audiences. As an industry we need to become more than just facilitators for US made films to create and sustain lasting jobs. I believe that we can crew, shoot and produce universally themed films here in Ireland. To that end I have written a number of features, set in other parts of the world but which could be shot here”.