Gloomy Sunday by Kevin Machate | Script Revolution

Gloomy Sunday

When a stranger wants to learn a song believed to lead to suicide, a music teacher must discover the truth behind both the stranger and the song before he becomes another victim of Gloomy Sunday.

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This is a work of fiction based on the song "Gloomy Sunday."

"Gloomy Sunday" (Hungarian: Szomorú vasárnap), also known as the "Hungarian Suicide Song", is a popular song composed by Hungarian pianist and composer Rezső Seress and published in 1933.

Poet László Jávor wrote his own lyrics to the song, titled Szomorú vasárnap (Sad Sunday), in which the protagonist wants to commit suicide following his lover's death. The latter lyrics ended up becoming more popular while the former were essentially forgotten. The song was first recorded in Hungarian by Pál Kalmár in 1935.

"Gloomy Sunday" was first recorded in English by Hal Kemp in 1936, with lyrics by Sam M. Lewis, and was recorded the same year by Paul Robeson, with lyrics by Desmond Carter. It became well known throughout much of the English-speaking world after the release of a version by Billie Holiday in 1941.

Lewis's lyrics referred to suicide, and the record label described it as the "Hungarian Suicide Song". There is a recurring urban legend which claims that many people have committed suicide while listening to this song, particularly Hungarians.

All Accolades & Coverage: 

Austin Film Festival Second Rounder - 2021
Independent Horror Movie Awards Summer 2021 - Winner, Best Short Script
Creative World Awards Screenwriting Competition - Semifinalist
Vail Film Festival - Semifinalist
Hollywood Horrorfest - Finalist
Santa Barbara Screenplay Awards - Honorable Mention
Astrophobia Science Fiction and Horror Film Festival - 2nd place
Gulf Coast Film & Video Festival - Winner - Best short screenplay
Oil Valley Film Festival - Finalist
FilmQuest - Finalist (Winners TBD)
HorrOrigins Film Festival (Placement TBD)
Genesis International Film Festival - Best Screenplay
Lake Charles Film Festival (Placement TBD)
MegaFlix Film Awards - Gold Award
Terror In The Bay Film Festival (Placement TBD)

Other selections:
Marina Del Rey Film Festival
LA International Horror Film Festival
Buzz Vicious Underground Film Festival
Underground Indie Film Festival - Horror Cult
Script Summit 2021
Monsterflix Awards 2021
Washington Film Festival
Boobs and Blood Film Festival

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Submitted: May 12, 2021
Last Updated: October 2, 2021

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The Writer: Kevin Machate

Kevin graduated from the University of Texas, with a BA in American Studies and minor in History in 2015 and got his MBA in 2019. Not surprisingly, he uses none of these educational credentials for his job. Although he began his film career as an actor, he quickly moved into Producing and eventually Directing. Kevin's films have won numerous awards worldwide having been screened in various cities in the US, Europe, South America, Oceania, and Asia. Kevin has directed six short films and his credits as a producer have exceeded 50 at the time of this writing. His recent works include three short series starring Golden Globe and Tony Award winner Barry Bostwick and Saturn Award Winner Doug... Go to bio

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