Kingdom Come by Leonarda van der Ark | Script Revolution

Kingdom Come

When Henry VIII of England dies in 1547, his body is left to rot in his deathbed, as members of his court rush to bury his last will and stake their claims to the crown.



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Notes from readers from the Austin Film Festival:

´You manage to create something that plays off of the common Shakespearean structure of a world at war, with the realistic elements of personal drama, betrayal, lies, and much more.´

´The theatrical approach to a militarized country full of backdoor politics and a strong iron-gripped nation is something that should make for excellent television long term.´

´I think this is the kind of show that would do well on-air with a weekly release schedule, and a target for those who love medieval or shakespearean style shows such as Reign or even Game of Thrones.´

´The pilot for BURYING HENRY VIII is a very richly written historical drama pilot. The script brings us fully into the world and the time. We feel like we’re right there experiencing the decaying body of the king and the anxiousness of the personnel wanting to care for the body.´

Submitted: December 17, 2019
Last Updated: April 4, 2021

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The Writer: Leonarda van der Ark

Leonarda van der Ark (1992) is a Dutch-born screenwriter living and working in The Hague. She has a bachelor in journalism and works as a bookseller. She started screenwriting a little over two years ago and has written two tv-series: WELCOME TO BRIGHTVALE and BURYING HENRY VIII. The latter made it to the second round at the Austin Film Festival screenwriting competition in 2019. At the moment she is working on her first feature film: LAYLA MONA LISA. Go to bio

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