Wednesday, 8 February 2012

The Pitch! (mark 1)

So finally I have written an entire thing! I am happy to have achieved at least this, although something tells me that getting two friendlies to read it and doing some corrections based on their observations will not suffice. But it's a start (until I buy a book called 'Your Screenplay Sucks!'. Yes,it's a real book.)

Anyway, the entire screenplay (yes, dear reader, I am a screenwriter this week) is called Fallout (until I run into a copyright issue) and can be found here, under the SCREENPLAY tab.
And this is the pitch (until I change it):


As a douce Scottish village on the river Forth recovers from Hogmanay 2013, Doug and Helen Birrell are horrified by the decline of their beloved family dog, Sapper. An overexposed X-ray links his demise to  Britain's first designated Radioactively Contaminated Land, the MoD landfill site nearby in Dalgety Bay. As the year of the Independence referendum starts, the village becomes an environmental disaster zone and the MoD send in one of their most reliable officers, Sandy Forbes, to do damage control. But Sandy, is Doug's old friend and a local resident. With eyes firmly fixed on the end of a long and thankless career, he quickly finds himself in a critical mess of vested interest and divided loyalties.

This month SEPA, the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency are deliberating on whether to irrevocably declare Dalgety Bay in Fife Britain’s first designated Radioactively Contaminated land. I explore how a culture built around obedience can accept what cosy suburbanites can barely conceive of, how anger can drive politics to a point unthinkable only a few years ago, and what would happen if someone broke ranks at just the right time.