A dark thriller exploring the moral and religious intricacies surrounding the concept of revenge and redemption. Set on an impoverished council estate, Hollow tells the story of two lost souls; Laura Ryan, a struggling single mother consumed by grief having lost her son to a drunk-driver and Father Hill, a racially abused local vicar, a man-on-the-edge with dwindling faith. Driven by bloodlust, Laura sets out on a voyeuristic campaign again her son’s killer, hell-bent on violent retribution. However, her deep-rooted moral standards leave her hidden in the shadows. She tortures herself for not having the strength to avenge her child, eaten-up by misguided guilt. After seeking guidance from Father Hill, the pair explore the intricacies in the words written in the Bible: Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” Father Hill prays for the lord to take his revenge, to save Laura from damnation but his prayers go unanswered. Fuelled by a growing hatred for the world around them and an intensifying lack of faith, the pair head toward a tragic and violent end that will show that the lord really does work in mysterious ways.
I want to explore the intricacies around a particular passage from Romans 12: Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” I am telling a story that explores what this passage could mean to somebody with little faith and how religious guidance, even if not taken literally can steer us morally.