Sweet Pea by Neil McLarty | Script Revolution

Sweet Pea

A rebel soldier in a future England must decide between duty to her daughter or duty to her Colonel in a moment of crisis.



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Northern England 2099 – THE COLONEL looks out over the city. She’s in pain, a MediRing on her finger administers relief. CASS enters. She is worried. The Colonel reassures her and gives her a pendant with the words SWEET PEA engraved on it, a gift for Cass’s daughter ZURI.

Cass is ordered along with a NERVOUS NEW RECRUIT to collect a prisoner. Cass and the newbie get THE ENGINEER.

The Colonel aided by her HENCHMAN explain to The Engineer that xenorobotic cybernetics have created the greatest levels of social and economic inequality in modern history and it’s time to level the playing field.

A body bag is laid out. The Engineer looks inside to see a young woman. A cybernetic assassin known as a K-20. The Colonel wants the Engineer to hack into the K-20’s xenobots so she can democratise the technology. The Engineer scoffs at her plan.

Cass and the newbie head to the control centre. They meet a brash soldier. Cass and the soldier have doubts about the colonel’s plans.

The Engineer states that if he removes the inhibitor chip attached to the K-20 she will regenerate and kill them. It’s a risk the Colonel is willing to take. She winces. Pain. The Engineer catches it but gets to work.

Cass sends Newbie for coffee, then, a call. Her daughter is in the infirmary, asthma attack. She is supposed to be watching the Colonels back but her daughter. Newbie returns. She won’t be long “Cover for me.”

Zuri is ok. Cass gives her the Sweet Pea pendent. The Nurse says some newbie soldier set off a fire suppression unit in the mess hall which triggered Zuri. Oh no!

Perimeter alarm blasts into life. Cass rushes back. The newbie is DEAD and the brash soldier, over his body. “He’s a fuckin Cyber.” Time to evacuate.

The Henchman wants to abort. The K-20 is fully recovered and the download is not complete. The Colonel orders them to continue but she collapses in pain. The download completes. AND THE K-20 WAKES UP.

Cass gets to the room but it’s too late. She looks on in horror. FADE TO:

TEN YEARS LATER –A young woman is sat on a bunk inside a tent. A man enters “Zee, we found her.” The young woman looks up. She has CYBER in her eyes and a pendent with SWEET PEA around her neck.

All Accolades & Coverage: 

FilmQuest - Official Selection and Finalist.

Grim North Screeplay Competition - WINNER best Thriller Short.

Sweep Pea Sizzle Reel.
Submitted: April 10, 2019
Last Updated: February 12, 2021

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The Writer: Neil McLarty

Script supervisor by day and award winning screenwriter and director by night. Fan of Hitchcock, Friedkin, Carpenter, Spielberg, Raimi and more. Sci-fi, Horror, suspense and the high concept. Believer that the kitchen sink is for washing dishes and compelling cinema comes from compelling characters. Will write a proper bio soon or never. More likely never. Go to bio

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