Synopsis by Bhob Stewart
In 1925 New England, Irish Catholic farmer Paddy (Jim Marcus) skips his mortgage payments in order to buy a diamond ring for his English Protestant wife, Ma (Marilyn O'Connell). When Ma dies of a stroke, the ring is lost, Paddy goes into a depression, and the bank puts the farm up for auction in hopes of getting the couple's four Catholic children to leave town. Eldest son Sean (Clint Jordan) is a successful New York artist who keeps his gay affair secret from his siblings. Religious daughter Mary (Felicity Jones) is married to cold and humorless Catholic John (John James Short), who won't let Mary's children meet their grandparents and denies his wealth to help her family. Mary initially objects to her parents being buried together on the farm, and she is stunned that her brother Patrick (Ryan Gibson) has fallen in love with their black servant Margaret (Tia Hunnicut). Sean's money could save the farm, but problems arise. Made in black and white, this film was shown at the 1998 Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Film Festival.
artist, bankruptcy, Catholicism, depression, family, farming, homosexual, mortgage, ring [jewelry], slice-of-life