Opal by Nicholas Philippa | Script Revolution


After finding a million dollar opal, a struggling miner and her brother must escape their isolated outback mine and evade cut-throat thieves, who are hellbent on stealing the opal and ending their lives.



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Approximately 250,000 to 1.5 million open and hidden mine-shafts surround the mining town of Coober Pedy, South Australia. Mine fields stretch for hundred of miles in each direction.

Partly underground, Coober Pedy is a weird place that’s dangerous A.F.

"Like RESERVOIR DOGS meets ACE IN THE HOLE, OPAL is an epitome of a revisionist western." (Blacklist 8 Reviewer).

*Blacklist 8 script*, however that's an expensive journey so it is currently not hosted there. I've revised and polished the script since then, personally I think it's much stronger now.

I hope you enjoy this journey.

QF - Page international Screenwriting awards (2022). Semi Finalist Gold Coast International Film Festival (2022).

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Blacklist 8. The script has since been polished and is greatly improved. The script is no longer on the Blacklist as that gets expensive quickly.

Submitted: January 5, 2022
Last Updated: September 1, 2022

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The Writer: Nicholas Philippa

You may DM (message) me anytime. I'll do my best to respond as quickly as I can. Current projects: Two novel adaptations to feature scripts (novels intentionally not named). Working with a Director to shop OPAL around town (LA). Recent success: OPAL: Blcklst 8; Semi Finalist - Gold Coast Film Festival (2022); Quarter Finalist Page International Screenplay Awards (2022); Optioned 2022. WOOGARDINEE: Semi Finalist - ISA Emerging Screenwriters Suspense Competition (2022). QF Roadmap Writers Greenlights Challenge (and still in the mix). Being read by Carte Blanche productions. Hi, I'm a creative based in Queensland, Australia. I primarily write feature length horror, war, thriller, and sci-fi... Go to bio

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