McDermott & McGough directed a fifteen minute black & white 1930’s period film. Primarily filmed in their Manhattan, 1930’s period apartment, the film uses the classic model of screen tests as the point of departure to explore the tropes surrounding a 1930’s reality. The film employs surrealistic cinematic strategies to create a world that is both illusionary and hyper real. The film's logic centers on two young, leading actors that meet for the first on a film set as they embark on their screen tests. Their on-screen pairing, evocative of Paul Newman and James Dean's historic screen test for for East of Eden, serve as the genesis for the relationship between these young men. Their relationship is understood abstractly through a disjointed narrative ranging from a homeric introduction to a private moment where one actor writes a poem to the other, expressing his continued connection. The film's influence ranges from the visual works of Jean Cocteau and Jean Genet in an effort to convey the repressed and surreal queer dynamic of the 1930s.
McGough's films have been exhibited in the Whitney Museum, the Museum of Modern Art in Ireland, as well as the Museum of Photography in Paris.