Currambine author wants to turn book Degsy Hay, The Hay Patrollers into inspirational movie

Brian Montgomery (Currambine). Picture: Martin Kennealey d489426
Brian Montgomery (Currambine). Picture: Martin Kennealey d489426

HAVING released the second book in his Degsy Hay trilogy, Brian Montgomery is now looking for new ways to tell his stories.

Degsy Hay, The Hay Patrollers follows Degsy Hay, A Juvenile Redeemed, which told of a young man’s transition from a life of poverty, crime and prison to realising his dreams of starting a social housing project for young people to break free from their own troubled starts.

Now, Degsy is settled and his dream of setting up the Hay Patrollers to offer a safe alternative to gang life has become a reality, with his crew of young people making the community a better place by patrolling shopping centres, cleaning up the neighbourhood and helping the elderly and those with disabilities.

But one night Degsy’s house is torched with him and his friends inside, sending the message someone doesn’t like the Hay Patrollers.

Degsy tracks down the potential arsonist who makes Degsy an offer: commit a robbery and he and the Hay Patrollers are free to continue their work.

“Degsy has fought hard to leave his criminal past behind him, and this is the last thing he wants to do, but when fire is set to Degsy’s homeless project and his brother and sister’s school, and his friend is left beaten in the street, is left with no choice,” the synopsis read.

The story also tells of 14-year-old immigrant Slope who is violent, aggressive, lost and in need of support – everything Degsy was at that age.

Degsy is determined to help him and sets about finding his estranged big brother – a quest that takes him from London to Australia and back to the UK.

Montgomery said the second book continued his passion for “working with young adults who may find themselves on the other side of the law” and working with victims of youth crime.

“That’s why I am so keen on getting the message across that Degsy and his gang comes with a vision to turn young people’s negative behaviours around to become good Samaritans,” he said.

The Currambine author now hopes to put his words into a movie, with 50 per cent of the sales from both books now going towards this.

“Young people of all cultures tend to pay more attention to watching a movie rather than reading a book,” he said.

“Making a movie will hopefully entice many youth gangs here in WA and Australia and even worldwide to follow the Hay Patrollers’ example.

“It would also promote harmony and how young people should help and assist the elderly, rather than seeing them locked in their homes in fear of being mugged or attacked.

“There has never been a youth gang redemption movie made but I have the concept.”

Montgomery said he was hoping to get others involved with things like converting the books to a script, casting, camera work, lighting, sound and music and editing.

“Perhaps students or graduates would like to jump on board,” he said.

He said he was also looking for locations including a prison and a derelict property to be turned into apartments, and funding support.

Email bryan_safety@outlook.com.

Degsy Hay, The Hay Patrollers is available through Amazon.