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The Last Priestess of Avalon

Awarded:

  • Semifinalist (top 10%) – Screencraft Fellowship, 2018.
  • Top 12 Recommended Scripts – Scriptapalooza Fellowship 2017.
  • Top 10 Recommended Scripts – Scriptdoctor Contest of Contest Winners 2017.
  • Quarterfinalist (top 6%) – Shore Scripts 2017 (features)

Genre:  Historical Drama (Feature)

Logline:

A Priestess of Avalon struggles to preserve her community’s traditions of healing and unity against the powers of the King and Bishop of the newly emerging Christian Church, who want to destroy the ancient rituals and take the Grail for themselves, with all its magic and power.

Synopsis:

Three archaeologists discover a mysterious grail and jar of papyrus scrolls under the Sphinx in Egypt.   Through reading these scrolls, the lead archaeologist learns of the story of the last priestess of Avalon – VIVIANE, written by her daughter SARAH.

As narrator, Sarah tells of the priestesses’ guardianship of the grail, their ancient bloodline and the philosophy of the Light, which they share with their brothers, the Knights of the Brotherhood of the Light.  We are told of the last days of this society, as the priestesses move to ensure they can prevail in the wider world off Avalon.

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Awarded:

  • Semifinalist – Shore Scripts 2018 (features)
  • Honorable Mention – Truant Screenplay Competition 2019 (an Animal Logic Company)

Genre: Psychological Thriller (Feature)

Logline:

After her husband’s mysterious death, a struggling mother decides to move to the country, only to find she is challenged to extremes to protect her children, animals and land by an old bushman, who knows no limits.

Synopsis:

ANNIE WATERS is newly widowed from her high-flying businessman husband. She finds herself without a home or money, after her husband dies in mysterious circumstances and leaves the family with debt.

She decides to leave Sydney and return to the bush where she has grown up, to live an ‘honest life’ of safety and peace. They move to Tin Man Creek and as she establishes her family as graziers, she finds herself challenged to the use of her property by an old bush squatter. As the events unfold, we learn about Annie’s city life, her husband’s double life and just what she has been capable of before she ever arrived at Tin Man Creek.

Sinjun

Logline:

An Australian horseman struggles to realise his dream of being a horse trainer and have his own property, while finding himself in the fight for his life to save his livelihood and herd from the harsh Australian outback.

Genre:

Drama (Feature)

Synopsis:

Sinjun has been raised in the Australian bush by his drover father and rag-a-muffin mates, after his mother dies giving birth to him.  We journey with this gentle and sensitive young man, as he tries to ‘man up’ under his father’s bastardry, to find his place in the world.

After being thrown out of home by his father at 12, Sinjun is required to find and train his own brumby as a means of transport and survival.  He develops a life-long bond with this horse he calls ‘Anzac’ and goes on to become the finest horseman of his generation.

Sinjun struggles to make a life for himself working horses when he meets and marries Angel, a dressage horsewoman from Sydney Highlands.   She falls in love with a bloke who has a dream.  She believes in his talent and will be the muse for him coming to accept himself and commit to his talent.   Sinjun takes her into the harshest of Australian climates to build a life.  Despite his livestock skills, hard work and great heart, he is driven to the edge by drought and financial hardship.

Godmother

Logline:

A runaway teenager’s quest for freedom turns into the fight for her life, after she joins the home of a spiritual leader known as ‘Godmother’.

Genre:

Drama, Psychological Thriller (feature)

Synopsis:

BRIDIE, an overwhelmed, middle-class teenaged girl runs away from home to avoid her life as a student.  She meets a non-binary youth called KNOX, who shares an interest in art and graffiti.  Knox invites Bridie to seek shelter for one night and takes her home to meet ROSE, the ‘Godmother’.

As a pseudo-spiritual teacher, Rose encourages the girls to seek their personal freedom, as they shack up in her home and run the streets for amusement.   All merrily funded by social security, the household fulfills many unspoken deals with each other to keep the roof over their head and their various needs for acceptance and love met.

Bridie finds out very quickly she will need to choose between returning home and surrendering to the task of becoming a social citizen, or stay in this depraved place where she is able to avoid her life, but at what cost?

Bridie finagles her freedom at the cost of some of the hardest lessons for a young woman, until Godmother is killed by her own son, LUCAS.  He then attacks Bridie in a rage of his possessiveness until Knox rescues her.  Bridie then runs for her life.

After Rose dies, the youths are involuntarily freed to pursue their lives.  We see Bridie and Knox develop an unlikely friendship and make a life around their artistic pursuits.  Both are better for their friendship, and find acceptance in the mainstream for the individuals they are.

Godmother is set in western Sydney but could easily be rewritten for a US low socio economic status area or major Australian city.

Themes:

Creative avoidance.  Freedom isn’t free.  Motherhood and what it means to be a good mother and parent.  Various forms of the negative feminine and how it plays out in families and society.  What constitutes ‘normal behaviour’ and is it a choice?

Intended Audience:

15 – 25 year olds.

Tone:

Dark, edgy, leading towards the light, hopeful.

Comparisons:

Bad Boy Bubby, My Private Idaho, Kids.

Tagline:

How far are you prepared to go to get your freedom?

Watermaker

Logline:

An orphaned girl breaks a drought in an Outback town when she discovers her ability to make water from a single drop to have a swim, after she is taken from her riverside home in an alternative commune, to the Outback to live with relatives.  She finds herself at odds with the local community and authorities, as she pursues her special brand of happiness – swimming; and in doing so, inspires her uncle and the locals to find out what is happening to their water, as they struggle with drought.

Genre:

Fantasy, Magic Realism (Feature, Wish fulfilment arc)

Status:

Treatment