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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Silence, Eventually – Short Script Review (Optioned!) - posted by Guest Reviewer

Silence, Eventually
Two young men suffer an eventful first date at a night club, but that’s neither the beginning, or the end, of their personal struggles.

On June 12th, 2016, 49 people – mostly young gay men – were killed in a mass shooting at Orlando nightclub Pulse. 53 more were wounded. And countless lives traumatized.

The deadliest mass shooting by a single attacker in the history of the United States, Orlando symbolized even more – an act of pure hatred against a community built on freedom of expression and love.

You know what they say about “silver linings”. In the face of such tragedy, such clichés may ring trite, but still true.

Because through all the pain and sorrow of that day came a tidal wave of solidarity for LGBT pride that no madman’s bullet could stop.

Steven Clark’s Silence, Eventually turns this horrific tragedy on its head, using it effectively and gently tell a tale of innocent souls who suffer persecution – for the “crime” of who they are.

Beginning in a back alleyway, we’re introduced to two young survivors – Sam and Kyle. While both are physically intact, Kyle’s shirt is soaked in blood.

Needless to say, he just wants to go home. Which is the safest place to be, right?

Wrong. Kyle hasn’t come out to his parents yet. And they definitely don’t know he’s been on a date with Sam to the club.

Traumatized, but determined to “keep moving”, Sam and Kyle walk together along a suburban sidewalk – the sun preparing its entrance on a brand new day.

And Kyle admits to worries about his “secret” being discovered:

KYLE
My parents are old school proud. If I came out…

The rest is easily implied.

Fortunately, Sam offers to help Kyle clean up before returning home, and cheer him up a little – if he can.

But does survival always ensure a happy ending? Will Kyle’s family discover his recent whereabouts and still accept him with open, relieved arms?

Pages: 11

Budget: Minor – two main characters, and easy settings. (Easy to find – but emotionally difficult to shoot.)

About the writer: Based in upstate, NY, Steven Clark is the writer of over 30 short scripts, several of which are under option, in pre-production, or have already been made into films. On A Clear Night, a family Christmas feature aimed at a Hallmark Channel-type audience, is currently in the works. Steven can be reached at Steamroller138 (a) gmail.

Reviewer: Hamish Porter is a writer who, if he was granted one wish, would ask for the skill of being able to write dialogue like Tarantino. Or maybe the ability to teleport. Nah, that’s nothing compared to the former. A lover of philosophy, he’s working on several shorts and a sporting comedy that can only be described as “quintessentially British”. If you want to contact him, he can be emailed: hamishdonaldp “AT” gmail.com. If you’d like to contact him and be subjected to incoherent ramblings, follow him on Twitter @HamishP95.

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5 Comments so far

1.

Warren
August 31st, 2016 at 12:15 am

A personal favourite, good luck with it.

2.

William Richard
September 1st, 2016 at 1:23 pm

Very well written and heartfelt. I think you should have opened with the shooter entering the club, opening fire on the patrons and having a montage of the madness before cutting to black and joining our two main characters. I feel this would add to the horror of the situation for the audience of what the characters just experienced. The characters were very relatable, especially Kyle. I can guarantee that there were a few Kyle’s at Pulse that night. I would LOVE to see this shot! Well done!

3.

Jbee
September 1st, 2016 at 4:49 pm

I enjoyed the opening and the storyline. Feels the drama within the story is ‘real’. I will re read. I would like to see it too. Well done to you.

4.

Steven Clark
September 1st, 2016 at 11:56 pm

Thanks for the kind words all! It’s much appreciated, and we may all get to see this on screen soon. 😏

5.

KP Mackie
September 3rd, 2016 at 12:38 am

Very powerful. No pretense, just truth. Really liked the ending.
Well done. 🙂

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