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The Dairy Farmer's Daughter



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The lactose intolerant daughter of a dairy farmer suffers from his milk-related cruelty. Trapped, she must find a way out.

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In a remote country house and adjacent barn, a dairy farmer, his wife, and their daughter make their living off the cows they milk. Despite this, the daughter is lactose intolerant and is hated by her father because of it. He subjects her to milk-related punishments in an attempt to cure her intolerance and further suffers from the complacency of her mother.

This comes to a head when the daughter makes a mistake while milking one of the cows. The farmer discovers the error and physically and verbally abuses her until she runs away. She makes it to a friend's house, finds comfort in her friend's presence, and decides to stay for a sleepover.

The next day, the farmer rampages through the friend's house, grabs the daughter, and returns home. He subjects her to further torture at the dinner table and manages to kick the daughter from her chair. After this, she decides to fight back and stabs the farmer in the gut to end his reign of terror.

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Slamdance called it "... very creative – it’s great to see something so entirely original, and the visuals here are evocative and memorable."

Quarter Finalist in Screencraft's 2017 Short Screenplay Contest.

Submitted: August 31, 2017
Last Updated: February 18, 2019
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The Writer: Matthew Portman

Films: FLIGHT - Written for a week-long student movie competition. Accolades: AT ATTENTION - Featured on Shootin' the Shorts as reviewed by Cam Gray. "If you’re a director looking for a Yorgos Lanthimos style short for the festival circuit, you’ll love At Attention . And for anyone seeking guaranteed laughs, this script won’t “miss the mark” or disappoint!" DAIRY FARMER'S DAUGHTER - Slamdance called it " ... very creative – it’s great to see something so entirely original, and the visuals here are evocative and memorable. " Quarter Finalist in Screencraft's 2017 Short Screenplay Contest. FLIGHT - Honorable Mention at the Campus Movie Festival SDSU and screened at the Film Society at SDSU... Go to bio

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