How do you deliver a very special Christmas gift, when you’re stuck in an airport on Christmas Eve?
When it comes to telling the perfect Christmas tale, there are a few essential ingredients. Precocious kids, family bonding, and some sort of crisis that brings the brood together, just in time for the holidays. (You know, like almost losing the family bank, Jimmy Stewart style.)
Mix in a sprinkle of one, half a dash of the other… and voila! You’ve got a heartwarming story for the ages.
Oh – and it helps to be a good writer, as well.
Fortunately, auteur Sally Meyer has all those ingredients in her kitchen. And the skill to bake them into a sweet holiday treat.
As Believing Isabelle opens, a family gathers at the airport… racing to catch a last minute flight for home. In attendance are dad Daniel and bickering siblings Mike (10) and Isabelle (6).
Also in line at the ticket counter is elderly matron Betty, on her way to visit her even more aged mother. Betty’s hubby is on a business trip, and she’s feeling kind of… abandoned.
When Mike and Daniel head off to grab a snack, Betty and Isabelle are left alone. A fast friendship forms; the old woman charmed by Isabelle’s chatter. But when the family finally reaches the front of the line, there’s seriously bad news in store. The flight’s sold out – they’ll be celebrating Christmas on plastic seats and in front of warm Starbuck’s Venti cups.
That is… until Betty comes up with an unexpected solution; proving Isabelle to be wise beyond her years.
Smoothly written – with some great sibling dialogue – Believing Isabelle is like a holiday treat. Fun to unwrap. And very sweet to eat.
About the writer: Born and raised in England, Sally Meyer has had three screenplays filmed. IMDB Credits available here: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2946574/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1
Budget: Not marginal, but not too high, either. You’ll need access to an airport (or reasonable facsimile), and a decent sized cast of characters. But – except for maybe a bit at the end, nothing will be needed in the way of special props.
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