Survivors Will Be Prosecuted by Barry Staff | Script Revolution

Survivors Will Be Prosecuted

Wanting a solitary vigil at his dying mother's bedside, a man finds a pesky spectral winged insect threatening to make the whole situation laughable.

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A son wants to undertake a solitary, solemn wake at his dying mother’s bedside, her lying here unconscious on life-support in a bedroom. He wonders how to wile his time. An exotic fly comes to take up all his attention. He tries to swat it with a newspaper - to no avail. He stands on a chair, to reach the winged insect. He topples, bangs his head, nearly fatally. He tries to trap it under a tumbler. The glass smashes, cutting his wrist – causing him to bleed profusely. He ties a tourniquet. When the mother’s monitor indicates flatlining and termination of her life, he sees the fly crawling on back of her hand. He makes to swat it this time for sure. But then he stops, reflects, relents; opens the window, ushers the fly out.

Submitted: May 6, 2022
Last Updated: September 15, 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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