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Costume Drama



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After crossing the wrong person in the pub on Halloween night, three friends experience 24 hours of instant karma when their costume choices are turned against them.

Costume Drama – Marion McDowell
“One thing about tables, they always turn.”

Costume Drama is a darkly hilarious look at making the punishment fit the crime.

BETTY is an unglamorous older woman who likes her routine. She’s a regular at the country pub and never has any trouble with the locals, who know that she’s a witch and treat her with respect.

But when the pub throws its annual Halloween bash, three loud out-of-town party animals ANDREW, SHARON and JIM arrive in fancy dress and bring Betty’s night to an early end when they mock her and steal her table. As she leaves the pub, she curses the three friends to be transformed into their costumes for one day: Sharon becomes a pigeon, Jim becomes a dog, and ringleader Andrew becomes a black sheep.

The crime and punishment are gradually revealed as Jim and Sharon, still dressed in the remnants of last night’s costumes, rendezvous at the pub to try to piece together the events of the evening. Unbeknownst to them, Betty sits in the corner with her sherry and her crossword puzzle, smugly watching the fallout as Jim hesitantly tells of his shame in coming to his senses while licking a homeless man, and health-nut Sharon is horrified to discover that she’s spent the evening eating gluten, and possibly worse things. When Andrew finally arrives, dishevelled and covered in ram’s crayon, Betty’s revenge is complete.

A multiple award-winning short script, Costume Drama is a darkly comical reminder to never judge a book by its cover, and for anyone who has ever dealt with obnoxious groups of pub-goers on a Saturday night down the local, a thoroughly satisfying sense of poetic justice as well.

All Accolades & Coverage: 

• Best Comedy Screenplay – Silly Shorts Festival 2017
• Monthly Winner – Changing Face International Film Festival June 2018
• Award Winner – Alaska International Film Awards 2018
• Finalist – Austin Revolution Film Festival 2018
• Finalist - Austin Micro Short Film Festival 2018
• Semi-Finalist – Switzerland International Film Festival 2018
• Honourable Mention – National Irish Science Fiction Awards (The “Golden Blasters”) 2017
• Official Selection – Tinseltown Productions Screenplay Contest 2017
• Official Selection – Oregon Short Film Festival 2018
• Official Selection – Warsaw Independent Film Festival 2018
• Official Selection - Drunken Film Festival 2018
• Official Selection - Illinois Independent Film Festival 2018

Submitted: July 11, 2018
Last Updated: December 26, 2018

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The Writer: Marion McDowell

Marion McDowell is a freelance scriptwriter from Juneau, Alaska, where the rugged weather gave her a deep desire to not be out in it, and where better to enjoy the warm and dry than the local cinema? After a foreign exchange to Northern Ireland in the 90s turned more permanent, she developed as an actor and writer within the local film and television industry. Recent works include DARK & STORMY, a comedy horror about a woman who literally refuses to play the victim, and CONVERTS, a light-hearted Game of Thrones meets The Antiques Roadshow story about Vikings in church. Marion stopped answering questions about her age when she hit 35 and lives in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Go to bio