In the early ‘90s, writer John Healy was a star, on international TV, in the national press, constantly being interviewed about his first book, 'The Grass Arena'. There was much about him that made him appealing to the media, not least a sense of danger. John Healy wasn’t just another award-winning author - he had a history of violence.
The son of Irish immigrants, Healy lived rough on the streets of London for fifteen years, fighting and stealing to survive; a slave to alcohol – until he discovered Chess before mysteriously disappearing.
Filmmaker Paul Duane avidly tries to uncover Johns whereabouts and exposes a fascinating mesh of class, money, art and fiction, a clash of cultures, defining the Irish immigrant experience in Britain as something that the country’s ruling classes still haven’t quite managed to absorb.