Driftwood by Kevin Pacey | Script Revolution




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In a bizarre seaside town, a lovelorn nurse overcomes a mysterious illness to find friendship with a feisty old lady and romance with an eccentric geek.

An Italian nurse with a fragile grasp of reality, Camilla suffers a traumatic break-up and moves to the seaside to work as a full-time carer.
While the rancorous Mabel recovers from a stroke, valuables disappear from her house and local eccentric Russell installs a CCTV security system.

As this odd three-way relationship develops, Camilla rejects Russell's advances and Mabel's sisters conspire to sell the house. At the same time disturbing nightmares cross over into Camilla's waking life and she struggles to trust her friends.
In the end the house is saved, the mystery solved and Camilla conquers her fears and re-engages with the world.

'Driftwood' is a romantic fantasy set in a picturesque seaside town. Events revolve around a troubled nurse and her misadventures with a disgruntled pensioner and introverted oddball.

The central idea is to take elements from a fairy tale and see how an assortment of eccentric characters deal with real-life problems - a debilitating stroke, a traumatic break-up, isolation, bereavement, old age, social awkwardness, mental illness and electronic surveillance.
Beyond that, the need to overcome our fears and connect with society is the dominant theme. While the modern world is obsessed with putting people into categories, here the characters must recognise their shared humanity, realise they have common goals and trust in the redemptive power of love.

Through their various collaborations, writer Neil Gaiman and artist Dave Mckean have provided inspiration, while Jan Svankmajer's version of 'Alice in Wonderland' combines the fantastic with the everyday to wonderful effect.
'Pan's Labyrinth', 'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind', 'Amelie', 'I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK' and 'Being John Malkovich' also use beguiling characters and bizarre images and with 'Driftwood' I want to create my own other-worldly experience.

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The Writer: Kevin Pacey

Kevin specialises in dramatic thought-provoking scripts. He has had over ten short films produced and his work combines strong visual storytelling with unsettling themes and political comment.

Previously Kevin was a runner-up in the 'Red Planet Prize', a finalist in the 'BlueCat' script competition and an extract from his screenplay 'Amazing Grace' was performed on stage at the BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum. Currently Kevin has a number of feature projects in development including 'Born Under Punches' with Canadian production company Fenicks Films Inc, 'Kamikaze' with director Gavin Scott Whitfield. 'Driftwood' with producer Richard Dunford and director Flaminia Graziadei and '... Go to bio

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