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Better Be Good



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When a young boy finds Santa's lost bag of toys in a nearby forest, his first thought is to return it. His big brother has other ideas though, which might prove life changing for both of them.

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Ah, Christmas stories! It’s a beloved genre… with lots of cinematic gems. Let’s see; Rudolph the Red Nosed ReindeerA Christmas StoryIt’s a Wonderful LifeSilent Night/Deadly Night… Okay – scratch that last one off the list. But – aside from exceptions that prove the rule – Christmas stories share a certain somethingspecial. Whether it’s Jingle All the Way or Frosty the Snowman, Christmas stories share sweetness. Child-like wonder…

…and a little touch of magic. Penned by talented writer Tim Westland, Better Be Good has all three traits.

The protagonist? A cute little kid named Charlie. Though a mere eight years old, Charlie’s already got problems. There’s his crippling fear of climbing trees. And domineering brother Robby (13).

Seeking a moment’s peace, a bullied Charlie runs to safety. Spotting a tree in the forest beyond his back yard, he scrambles up… fighting his phobia. At least, until a branch SNAPS… plummeting Charlie into a pile of leaves.

…where he makes a strange discovery. Hidden from view: a couple of wrapped Christmas presents. And a huge, red velvet sack. He peers inside. It’s as bottomless as a Christmas Tardis, and filled with an endless flood of toys!

Breathless, Charlie runs home to tell Robby of his find. He’s found Santa’s sack of toys. It must fallen from his sleigh.

Robby follows Charlie into the forest to investigate his crazy claims. He looks in the sack: the little dork’s tale is true! His skepticism melting into amazement, big brother Robby is thrilled. He’ll sell the sack on Ebay, and make a fortune. Enough for a million video games!

But Charlie has other ideas. It’s Santa’s property – they have to give it back, for the sake of the other children in the world. Besides, if they steal it… he’ll know. But Robby’s bigger. Older. Stronger. And used to getting his way. Will poor Charlie be able to change his mind… before Christmas fades away?

Indie directors, take note. Yuletide is just around the corner. Want a standout holiday script for your next project? Then take a look at Better Be Good. A humorous, family friendly story… in the best Christmas tradition.

Pages: 6

Budget: Pretty low. Two solid child actors and a forest are the essential things you’ll need.

Review by J.E. Clarke

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The Writer: Tim Westland

Howdy... my name is Tim Westland. I am an award winning writer, with multiple feature and short scripts placing highly in Page, Screencraft, BlueCat and other well respected competitions. Several of my short scripts have been produced, most recently “For The Love of God”, a topical LGBT-friendly story about a priest who experiences a crisis of faith. My feature, "OBeast", co-written with the incredible Rod Thompson, is a 2016 Screencraft Top Ten Finalist! You can read it at the link below! I am also the co-author (with Matt Scott) of the comic book (and screenplay) adaptation of Joe Schreiber’s horror novel, “Chasing The Dead”. Published by IDW as a four-part series, it was so well... Go to bio

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