Short Fuse by L. Chambers | Script Revolution

Short Fuse

A young man believing himself to be on the brink of greatness has his dreams crushed when Covid-19 strikes.



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Short Fuse is a dark comedy-drama depicting an apparently ordinary man suffering a crisis of faith during the Covid19 lockdown. I deliberately went against type when creating the character of Toby - and the character of the larger than life Judy was created as a comedic foil to the serious subject matter and sinister strands that begin to unfold within the narrative. Broader themes examine how it's never too late to change and reinvent ourselves for the better. My inspiration for the script was seeing images of the NY landscape stripped bare during the first lockdown. The question came into my mind: What if you were a terrorist intent on doing harm, but nobody showed up? The pandemic has been a great leveller in terms of enforced isolation, loss of livelihood, and how we cope when our mental health is pushed to its limits.

Short Fuse is ultimately a tale that carries a powerful message of hope and redemption.

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Tied first place Writer's Choice Simply Scripts - The Journal of the Plague Year - stories real or imagined /inspired by the current pandemic.

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Submitted: May 31, 2020
Last Updated: July 18, 2021

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The Writer: L. Chambers

L.Chambers has been writing all her life – especially in her head, and on scraps of paper. It’s only in the last few years she began to get serious about screen-writing. Prior to this she worked in the Features Department for ABC TV as a Program Assistant, and trained as a FAD. She currently works as a freelance web-content editor and lives with her husband (also a screenwriter) in Sydney, Australia. Go to bio

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