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Risk Capital

A planned contract cancelled, an incredulous hitman wants out, retire, but needs to see the bright lights of his chosen locale cast mean shadows.



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A seaside resort, a parallel present. In VO, 13-year-old truant ALICE debriefs the law about hitman FRANK - whom she'd unwittingly befriended recently. A flashback shows Frank (50) killing a local criminal for transgressions. But he's told to stay on, put the frighteners on government minister AMBLING (at conference there soon) for freezing the Organisation's equity when a PPP venture soured. As he plans, the loner, coolly efficient Frank accidentally collides with Alice. Later, photojournalist JUDY inadvertently gets him in a shot. With the collateral unexpectedly released, the contract is cancelled. But, against orders, Frank stays on.

As delegates arrive, Frank reinvents himself as late-season holidaymaker. He befriends Alice and breaks in to Judy's place, to retrieve his mugshot. He then also strikes-up with Judy, finding her desperate to dish dirt on the government - her partner having died of malpractice attributable to NHS cutbacks. When Frank liquidates colleagues sent to return him, his bosses anonymously tip-off security about his presence. But his association with Alice and Judy shields him. On the prom, Ambling even mistakes the threesome as a family unit - which they don't disabuse him of. Alice's horoscope reading reveal unsettling signs as to Frank's future. Affections deepening, he and Judy make love. But the proto-family fractures when Alice's father grounds her and Judy witnesses Frank killing a pickpocket who's sussed his real identity. Devastated at having been deceived, Judy turns informant.

Frank's hoax call misdirects security forces to seek a bomb at the venue. It allows Frank to get in and wrack Ambling in his hotel room. Escaping from home and rendezvousing at dawn on Central pier, to say goodbye, Alice reveals that she's in the employ of local gangs to seek out and take Frank down - his presence bringing so much heat on them. She uses the gun supplied her earlier. Her VO testimony takes up where the story opens. The law buys Alice's claim that Frank killed himself. She is released.

All Accolades & Coverage: 

L.A. Neo Noir Novel, Film, & Script Online Festival
Berlin International Art Film Festival
Best Script Award - London
"Would make a highly commercial, entertaining and intriguing film."
Henry Adeane, former NPA exec

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Submitted: April 12, 2022
Last Updated: November 2, 2022

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The Writer: Barry Staff

Barry was born and raised in the UK. His career has been oddball - periods of education (ending on a postgraduate Diploma in Film Studies) intercut with ‘McJobs’ (roof-rack assembler, computer helpdesk, beer bottler, reject furniture salesman, draughtsman, goods inward operative, briefly a bouncer. . .), all the while writing on the side. With the writing paramount these days, he has a portfolio of spec feature and short screenplays, four of the latter having been filmed. Apart from competition successes, he's - SO FAR - had a purchase offer on one feature screenplay, an option on another and a shopping agreement on a third. Go to bio

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