Hospitality by Michael Farrell | Script Revolution

Hospitality

When a free-spirited woman, fleeing from a traumatic relationship, is granted hospitality by a widowed ex-marine, secrets, lies, and power games soon follow as each seeks justice for their wronged past.

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Callie and her allegedly sick child are fleeing from their past. In the midst of a heavy snowstorm, with no food, no shelter and no money, she seeks the hospitality of someone willing to take her and her boy in. But it isn’t just charity she seeks. She needs someone she can manipulate into giving her the attention she so desperately craves, but also someone from whom she can fleece the money she needs to start a new life.

Who will be her target?

Jacob is a widowed ex-marine. He lives with his daughter, Lorna, in a remote house. He suffers from nightmares of war and lives a regimented life of routine and structure to manage his anxiety. His life is not without its problems, but he is calm, settled, and safe.

That is, until Callie shows up with her son at Jacob’s front door.

His world capsizes as Callie quickly ensconces herself into his home and learns the rhythms of his routine; but she also threatens to take over the role of his deceased wife: by exploiting Jacob’s grief, she can get closer to him, earn his trust, and manipulate his good nature for her own gain.

But Jacob gets wise to her machinations and a cat and mouse game of secrets and lies soon plays out.

It takes the brutal murder of Jacob’s beloved dog for him to realise that Callie is a psychopath, and that’s when the tables turn: Jacob is hell bent on revenge, not just for the life of his dog, but for the unforgivable sin committed by his wife...

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Breaking Walls Thriller Screenplay Contest, 2021 (Finalist)

Submitted: April 8, 2021
Last Updated: August 27, 2021

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The Writer: Michael Farrell

Michael J. Farrell is a screenplay writer, novelist, and occasional poet based in Lancashire, United Kingdom. He completed his PhD in English Literature in 2010 from the University of Oxford and his first book was published in 2014. Previous to that he studied for a Bachelor’s Degree in English and a Master’s Degree in Film Studies. Michael specializes in high-concept, highly-marketable movies within the genres of drama, thriller, and science fiction. He has a penchant for the supernatural, exploring the liminal space between the magical and the real. His work centers on the themes of morality, memory, and transience. Outside of writing, Michael is a certified Life Coach and University... Go to bio
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