Retrograde by Aaron Gersh | Script Revolution




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A prison inmate beaten to the point of amnesia tries to uncover the truth about his crimes as he begins to suspect he was wrongly convicted.

During a riot at a maximum security prison, inmate Gary Hawthorne sustains a brain injury at the hands of a ruthless corrections officer and is diagnosed with retrograde amnesia. Unable to recall anything about his past, including his crimes, he begins therapy with a psychologist to help him remember.

The story alternates between past (pieces of Gary's trial, his life as the owner of a woodworking studio in a small Minnesota town, and a detective investigating him for reasons unexplained) and present (therapy sessions, prison life, and conflict with the brutal corrections officer). As the therapy progresses and his memory gradually returns, Gary begins to wonder if he was wrongly convicted.

Submitted: April 23, 2018
Last Updated: March 1, 2019
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Last Downloaded: April 27, 2020

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The Writer: Aaron Gersh

I'm an aspiring screenwriter looking to get my foot through the proverbial door. I studied Writing for Film and Television at the Academy of Art University. Mysteries and thrillers with compelling twists are my forte, but I occasionally write sci-fi as well. I'm open to selling/optioning my work to anyone with the motivation and resources to produce high-quality features. If you enjoy my scripts and would like to talk business or otherwise, shoot me a line and I'd be happy to discuss my passion with you. Go to bio

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