Mystery action thriller
Feature length telemovie with series or franchise telemovie spin off potential. Kristie Black, journalist and blogger, is preparing to go to her high school reunion when she clears a voicemail message from her former high school sweetheart Nick Pappas telling her to delete an email attachment he has just sent her. Naturally, being a reporter, she burns it onto a disk and only then deletes it. At the school reunion, Nick's a no-show and she goes to his house and finds it’s like the Marie Celeste. The door’s open, lights are on, music is playing, ice is still melting in a shot glass. But Nick himself is missing. What Kristie doesn't see is the camera tracking her every movement. Kristie is now being bugged, hacked and followed by people who know that she burned that disk and want it back. Teaming with veteran police roundsman Rory Muldoon she investigates but the closer the mismatched pair get to an answer the closer they are to getting killed.
Warm human mystery story
Feature length telemovie. Miriam and Dave are married now but 20 years ago they were high school sweethearts. Miriam became pregnant and when she gave birth they were told the baby was stillborn. But now they have found that the matron of the hospital where Miriam gave birth had a policy of giving the living babies of unmarried mothers to “respectable” middle class couples whose babies had died at birth, telling the unmarried mother that their baby was stillborn. Miriam and Dave have never been able to have another child and now they face the possibility that they might have a 19-year-old child out there somewhere. They begin a search which ends in near-heartbreak but finally in healing.
Missing Nick and Baby, 19 were originally part of the Reunion Trilogy, the other part of which is Looking After Number One, written by Jimmy Thomson. Each of the three telemovies starts at the same West End High School reunion. Looking After Number One (Copyright © 2013 Jimmy Thomson), a fine screenplay, concerns the return to West End of Cam Balfour, a football goalkeeper whose stellar UK career has been shattered by a drug scandal. His return to West End brings redemption and reconciliation with his estranged wife and teenage kids.
Screenplay available from jimmythomson.com
HANNAN, KOSTAS, COPS
Mismatched buddy cops, police procedural
Feature length telemovie with 1 hour series spin off potential. Detective Jack Hannan is a T-Rex copper from the bad old days, Detective Ellie Kostas is a fast-tracked young graduate, the new face of policing. Malign fate teams them and they bond as they investigate a case involving corruption at the highest political levels.
THE KILLING GROUND
Feature length telemovie
In 1971, reporter Frankie Halliday goes to Vietnam so she can tick the “war correspondent” box on her CV. Then she and her driver disappear.. Some months later, an Australian patrol successfully ambushes a North Vietnamese Army section and on the killing ground they find Frankie Halliday alive. It seems that Frankie has been travelling with the NVA. On her return to Sydney she is found to be pregnant. Was she pregnant to her boyfriend when she went to Vietnam? No. To someone she met in Saigon? No. Was she raped by one or more of the NVA? No. Does she want an abortion? Never. The story that unfolds is of her experience of war and her need to bring something living back from the killing grounds.
SANGUINE HOPES, BLOODY MURDER
Feature length dramatized documentary
Edward John Eyre is an enigma, an explorer hero in Australia and a monstrous butcher in Jamaica. In 1832 he came to Australia from England at the age of 17 to make his fortune. He pioneered stock routes between Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide, and made a crazy brave crossing of Australia from east to west across the Nullarbor plain. By this time his exploits had made him a national hero, and he was given a government post as Protector of Aborigines a post he fulfilled well, sometimes showing extraordinary courage by walking unarmed in between warring clans to restore peace. But he was ambitious and pestered Whitehall for promotion and he was appointed Lieutenant Governor of New Zealand where he learned the Maori language and shared his wedding ceremony with a Maori couple. Then he was sent to the West Indies and had a temporary post as Governor of Jamaica. His previous relations with people of other races had been exemplary, but in Jamaica things changed. Here he was meeting not “noble savages” like Australian Aborigines or Maoris, but people of colour who considered themselves his social equals, who spoke English, owned land, were members of Parliament and who at this time had been emancipated from slavery for 30 years. There may have also been an element of Negrophobia in his change of attitude – he appears to have found people of African ancestry intimidating. Whatever the reason, after a riot outside the Morant Bay courthouse, he declared martial law, let the troops off the leash for a full month and 1500 Jamaicans were massacred, including a Member of Parliament and a Baptist preacher who were both hanged. When the news got back to London, the Establishment was divided between those who wanted Eyre honoured for his actions (Thomas Carlyle, Charles Kingsley, Earl Cardigan, John Ruskin, Charles Dickens, Alfred Tennyson and a slew of bishops MPs and generals) and those who wanted him hanged (Thomas Huxley, John Stuart Mill, Charles Darwin). A Royal Commission was held, and it condemned some of his actions. Attempts to have him tried for murder failed. His career having ended, he retired to a country house in Shropshire and died there in 1901