Screenplays

For more details of any of these screenplays, please email hilary.mack@talk21.com, putting “screenplay query/title” in the subject box.

Ashdown Lee

Rick Burgess has it all. His father is a multi-millionaire businessman, girls throw themselves at him. And he is bored. When his father sends him and two of his office colleagues on a team building weekend they get lost in a fog and stop to ask the way at a village which is not marked on their map. The people are dressed as 18th century peasants and are wary of the newcomers. Rick falls for the mayor’s daughter, to the disgust of his friend Joe, who thinks she is a clever gold digger, while the other office worker, Sam, has her eye on a priceless artifact housed in the village church. Add a jealous villager who wants the mayor’s daughter for himself and a 250 year old secret and nobody’s lives will ever be the same again.

Barabbas

Murderous rebel Barabbas wants the occupying Roman forces destroyed. Maverick Rabbi Jesus is popular and Barabbas thinks he can use that popularity for his own ends. Before he can meet with Jesus however, he is captured and sentenced to death. On the eve of his execution, he is stunned to learn he is to be pardoned and Jesus will die in his place. Barabbas returns to his life, but soon there are rumours that the dead Rabbi has risen and will lead the people to freedom. The jealous Barabbas sets out to destroy the myth of Jesus once and for all, but things do not go exactly as he plans…

Chocolate Money

Three years ago, Mark lost everything: his job, his home, his wife. Now he works as a low paid clerk and his ex wife’s new husband, Ken, is his superior. Mark would like to marry his new girlfriend but cannot afford it. He has entered a competition to write a TV advert for a chocolate bar, first prize £100,000. Ken plays a prank on Mark and makes him believe he has won the money, and based on this the bank extends him a line of credit. Mark decides to use some of the money helping friends and neighbours. He buys a mobility scooter for a housebound old man, pays for respite care for a neighbour’s autistic son, pays bills for his struggling sister so the bailiffs don’t come. Then, he discovers the money was never his in the first place, and the bank wants repayment…

Life Support

With just two days to Christmas all demons are completely swamped with work and cannot take on more. However, Lucy Farr and her assistant Bea L. Zaybub may have to. Their problem concerns Pauline Salmon, a hard-bitten businesswoman who has been one of Lucy’s finest subjects. The new pastor, Rev. Ledbetter, is praying hard for Pauline as he struggles to make his church viable once again. Meanwhile, bad boy Jamie is trying to turn over a new leaf. Judgmental Pauline treats him badly and in retaliation he steals from her shop. Escaping, he is run down by the mall’s Santa sleigh and ends up in a coma on life support. Lucy, still able to communicate with Jamie, makes him an offer he cannot refuse: keep Pauline from succumbing to the pastor’s efforts between now and Christmas Eve or spend the next five hundred years burning in the fire pits of hell. As Jamie tries to do the job he learns that not everything is as simple as it looks. With the Christmas deadline approaching, Jamie, Rev. Ledbetter, Pauline, and others are forced to face a few home truths of their own.

Adapted from the stage play of the same name, which is available at Life Support

Like Everyone Else

When a special baby is born the two hosts of a chat show want to find out the story behind the headlines. So they interview people who came into contact with the baby’s parents. The gossip in Nazareth tells them about Mary’s moral character, a Roman officer explains why he couldn’t exempt her from travelling for the census when she was eight months pregnant, the innkeeper explains why he put his prices up for the crowds and forced her to sleep in a stable, the last guest tells them how he got to the room first, while Herod’s spin doctor justifies the killing of the Bethlehem babes and an Egyptian woman tells why she doesn’t like asylum seekers. As they come together to berate the hosts, they point out they just treated Him like they would treat everyone else, and then are silenced by the question: “Shouldn’t that be the other way around?”

This hour long TV screenplay was placed in the top 5% of entries for the Red Planet Prize in 2012. It was adapted from the stage play, “If We Had Only Known”, available at If We Had Only Known

The Pilgrim’s Progress

An updated adaptation of the classic novel by John Bunyan

Rumpelstiltskin

A family friendly screenplay, suitable for animation or live action, based (very) loosely on the classic children’s tale

The Liberator

Suitable for TV.

1788: Slave Trader turned abolitionist John Newton agrees to give his testimony at Wilberforce’s inquiry into the slave trade. As he waits to be called, he looks back over the events in his life that brought him here.