Hard Top by Barry Staff | Script Revolution

Hard Top

Two hit-persons want more meaningful lives, but need to find a way to get out of their car for starters.

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Surrounded by darkness outside, a contract killer sits in the middle-range car he’s won on a TV quiz, waiting... admiring what he’s won from the fruits of the depths of his knowledge. His oppo arrives – a woman three decades younger than he. Finding their jobs paling (more ‘bangs’ expected for the same amount of bucks these days), they ponder alternative ways of existing. He thinks of running off with the quiz hostess who had the hots for him. She ponders hitting the road with her new-born, leaving the inconsiderate husband in the lurch. Seeing the blanket of stars, she finds deep meaning in that we were all born of dead stars created billions of years ago. She contemplates which of the two guns offered her to choose. To ensure no trace back to her, she shoots her colleague – who was, on the quiz show, a ‘star’ for a night - dead. As she exits the car, all we hear are the sounds of her being hit and, presumably, killed by a car speeding past.

Submitted: September 13, 2022
Last Updated: September 15, 2022

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The Writer: Barry Staff

Born and raised in the UK, Barry has had an oddball career - periods of education (to a postgraduate Diploma in Film Studies) intercut with ‘McJobs’ (roof-rack assembler, computer helpdesk, beer bottler, reject furniture salesman, draughtsman, goods inward operative, a bouncer. . .), all the while writing on the side. Now he has a portfolio of feature scripts (mostly indie-feel horrors, thrillers and comedies) and associated shorts - four of the latter filmed. He's - SO FAR - had a purchase offer on one feature screenplay, an option on another and a shopping agreement on a third. Latest news: 'Breather' winner in horror category, Chicago Script Awards Go to bio

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