In this modern re-telling of Homer’s Greek myth; we follow the young Telemachus, a boy lost in the world with no father or sense of belonging. He struggles to cope with the men who invade his house and pursue his mother. He decides to leave for Greece where- in some of the most stunning and organic settings in the world- he discovers his true father, Ilias (a trouble-free fisherman on the island of Skiathos) who begins to teach him the simple values of life.
The natural bond between father and son steadily emerges, but when he learns the truth about his father and his parents’ dark past his life is suddenly uprooted and love turns to hate as Telemachus’ world is torn down around him. Following some of the moral teachings of Homer’s original work- the earliest literature of western culture- we build to a dramatic climax where father and son are forced to unite against their problems. As this tender story unfolds, we cross back to the contrasting urban life of East London to follow the poignant tale of Omar, a young Pakistani-Muslim and Emily, his white-Catholic lover, who are forced to conceal their relationship until it is eventually torn apart by the power of culture and the prejudices so common in our world.
While Omar and Telemachus may not know each other they have more in common than they think. This is a coming of age story that questions the very bonds of everyday relationships- mainly of those between lovers, religion, nature, parents and most importantly – ourselves.
Just look around, everyone you know has a story.
© Alexander Francis Nally 2011. The Telemachy Film.