A young man presents his new fiance to his family – only to uncover a horrible secret
Of all shared human experiences, love is the most compelling. How many memorable stories are cast around that traditional tale! You know the one I’m talking about: boy meets girl, boy falls for girl, boy proposes to girl, boy finds out that girl is his sister. Wait, hang on just a sec!
Easy and breezy like its characters, Unrelated tells the story of a young man’s quest to find “the one”, a pursuit continually thwarted by the unending sins of his father’s past.
As Unrelated opens, our hero Stan is introduced as a young lad with a dreamer’s perspective. Giddy with newly discovered love, he presents newly minted fiancé Tilda to his parents at a family barbeque. His mother Lisa is pleasantly surprised. But father Hank – a flirtatious man with roving eyes – cannot abide by the news. For some mysterious reason…
All of Stan’s hopes for a future are dashed when Hank reveals the horrid truth: that Tilda was born of an affair he had with her mother. In other words, Stan and Tilda are brother and sister!
Needless to say, Stan is forced to foreswear Tilda and start again. And so begins a long pursuit to find a female whose lineage is not tied to his own… a woman to whom Stan is unrelated.
A well spun narrative with a clever resolution, Unrelated is a subtly subversive tale, not to mention an easy film to make: only three locations set in one home and a small cast of characters. What’s even more important is this story is one that resonates with a wide audience, relatable to the human experience of love.
This script is not one to pass on. Not if you want to wow them at festivals!
Budget: Very low. Just invest in some good actors.
About the reviewer: New to STS – yet already wowing the editors, Faith Rivens is an aspiring author and filmmaker in her early twenties. New to the business, storytelling is a passion born innately within her. It doesn’t matter the genre, or the medium. What matters is the story woven within. With any luck, her first novel will be out on the stands in 2016. So keep a sharp eye out! Want to drop Faith a line? She’s available at faithrivens.writer “AT” gmail!
About the writer: Born and raised in Sweden, Pia Cook has four produced features, a fifth one in pre-pro, and twenty five shorts to her name (full IMDB credits here.) She started writing screenplays in 2006 and has written seventy short screenplays and ten features. (Yeah… that’s not a typo. Seven ZERO.) She can be reached at gatortales “AT” gmail!
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