Empty Hand by Alan Fleet | Script Revolution

Empty Hand

Type:

Status:

Page Count: 
81pp

Genre:

Budget:

Age Rating:

Logline: 
The knife is not the problem, it is the hand that holds it.
Synopsis/Details: 

For three years the Grebe Vale estate in Liverpool has enjoyed a calmness not experienced since being built in the ‘70’s because of one man, Jack Brannon. Jack, a former forces specialist in silent operations, had returned home for his father’s funeral to find his parents’ letters had hidden the truth of their lives. Their pub, The Last Drop Inn, was overrun by thieves, drug-pushers and prostitutes, all controlled by Lenny Brannon, a man obsessed with blades, and a relative from the dark side of the family. After the funeral Jack stayed on and with help, cleaned up the estate, but the price was the death of an army friend for which Lenny was convicted.

Now Lenny has been released from prison after his sentence was quashed on appeal and he wants his estate back. Lenny has waited for Jack’s wedding day to return and has sent a message to the wedding breakfast that he will be on the morning ferry from Ireland carrying a blade that will not be used to cut any wedding cake. With three of Lenny’s old gang waiting for him at the docks, Jack is persuaded to leave with his new bride, Doe, before Lenny arrives. Jack gets no further than Crosby beach before accepting that he cannot run forever.
Jack returns to rally his old supporters, but one by one they turn away. Even his new bride, having lost her brother in a knife attack in Manchester’s Levenshulme district, will not stand by him.

Jack faces the men alone and unarmed, determined to show how empty hands can defeat blades. The climax is the fight to the death with Lenny. Jack wins, but it is a hollow victory, tainted by the reluctance of the community to stand by him in his hour of need.

Empty Hand is an urban cowboy feature set against the backdrop of soaring knife crime in Britain.

Submitted: November 12, 2018
Last Updated: January 31, 2019
Times Downloaded: 1
Last Downloaded: June 10, 2019

Want to read this script? You must join the revolution first. Don't worry, it's free, easy, everyone's welcome, and you can start reading right away.

Alan Fleet's picture

The Writer: Alan Fleet

I started out as a novelist and Woollyback was my first novel to be published in July 2000. Two years later this was selected by the UK Film Council for a tutored adaptation at Bournemouth Film School which in turn led to me completing a Masters in Screenwriting in 2006. To date I have made five short films, the first of which, Giri, won four festival awards, written five novels and one novella, completed a six-part TV drama and written seven feature screenplays, one of which, Summerisle, is a spec sequel to The Wicker Man that Robin Hardy had expressed interest in directing through personal contact before his untimely death. Go to bio

More Scripts From Alan

See Bella
When eight-year old Pearl uncovers a secret, she enlists little sister, Primrose, and friends, Milly and Reggie, to help solve the mystery of a stolen puppy and make a Christmas wish come true.
Feature Family For sale 82pp
1 reader loves this script
North Sea Tigers
Aldred fights for his company, Alex fights for his family and Morgan fights for revenge: Carl seeks to destroy them all.
TV Pilot Drama, Family, Thriller For sale 51pp
Ruby Tuesday
Ruby is 60, a mother and a market trader; she is also a vigilante who has waited fifteen years for her revenge.
TV Pilot Drama For sale 50pp
Pyramid Players
With ruthless pyramid sellers fronting his new wine business Eddie is certain of success if he can keep them in the dark long enough for the £13 million scam to work.
Feature Drama, Thriller For sale 95pp
Woollyback
An estranged son and his dying father have one last night together in which to make their peace; but can the son accept the enormous burden it places on his shoulders?
Feature Drama, Family For sale 96pp
Crow Fair
The thirteenth day of Christmas, a Punch and Judy show and the cryptic puzzle in a concealed painting reveal the whereabouts of the last Crow Fair; dare you attend?
Feature Horror, Mystery For sale 104pp
Tanden
A former astral spy and aikido expert, betrayed by a former comrade, must regain his lost abilities in order to avenge his wife's death and save his daughter from her prison in the ether.
Feature Sci-Fi, Thriller For sale 98pp
Summerisle
Research is for the curious, but sometimes it is best to let sleepy islands lie.
Feature Horror Example of work only 96pp
sendnudes