The film begins and ends in an Irish bog. Joe’s family have likely been turf farmers for hundreds of years. He carries on the tradition, likely due to cultural guilt.
This is a cottage that’s been in Joe’s family for many years. He’s likely to be one of the very few in his family to have left it. As it’s been the home to a single man who spends all of his time in the bogland for at least 30-40 years, it’s not going to be contemporary or well-kept. It is utilitarian.
The cottage shouldn’t be bigger than a few rooms. A fireplace is necessary, as well as a kitchen table to seat four adults. There is one shower scene, and a few scenes in Joe’s bedroom.
The aim is to find a cottage that isn’t too idyllic. It tends towards ramshackle.
There’s a small garden area outside of the house in which Joe is able to build a small fire with seating for four adults.