Calling out to Tommy by Shaun Needham | Script Revolution

Calling out to Tommy

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Disillusioned with the horrors of World War Two, a compassionate British soldier forms an alliance with a German prisoner of war as he attempts to get home to see his new born daughter.
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Duty to family or duty to country; what would you choose?

CALLING OUT TO TOMMY is a war drama that explores differing moralities and perspectives of what is wrong and right. Conscripted soldier Tommy Smith deserts his unit when he receives the bittersweet news that his wife, Evie, has given birth but his sick mother has only six weeks to live. Gerhard Garver, a patriotic German PoW, escapes during an air raid and allies himself with Tommy to better his own chances of survival. A relentless pursuit across war-torn France begins, led by Sargent Harold Philips, who abandons orders to satisfy his own personal agenda.

All choices come with consequences; a lesson that all three men will soon learn.

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Shore Scripts 2016 quarter-finals.

A selection of coverage comments from Industrial Scripts:

"Enormous commercial potential."
"Complex characters with interesting arcs."
"A solid depiction of a country ravaged by war."
"Formatted clearly and professionally."
"Well written action sequences."
"The pace is, without a doubt, propulsive."
"Dialogue is well written."
"Tone is a solid match for the material and the writer has done an effective job capturing the ruined world and bleak war-time lives of the characters."
"Well written, overall, and challenges morality."

Submitted: March 10, 2018
Last Updated: March 10, 2018

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The Writer: Shaun Needham

Full-time, disgruntled secondary school teacher; optioned screenwriter and professional singer. My parents actively encouraged me to take part in as many different things as possible and take my opportunities. Without their influence, I would not have the creative passions and intuition that I have today. I have always loved stories but, for one reason or another, when it came to university choices I made the (with hindsight, incorrect) decision to pursue a career as a PE teacher and have now spent twelve years working in an inner-city school in Sheffield. Don't get me wrong, I love being able to help kids pursue their dreams and ambitions but, after about six years of it, I had an epiphany... Go to bio

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