The match girl by Jordan Tate | Script Revolution

The match girl

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A new darker take on Hans Christian Andersen's iconic tale “The little match girl” set in New York city during great depression era.
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New York-Great depression era. For millions, life has changed drastically, many find themselves financially broken, unemployed, and even homeless…Many of them live in shantytowns in Central Park. It's Christmas eve and we meet with one of them, Elliot a climbing boy, as he's coming back from work with his meager pay and watches families getting together for Christmas presents. That's when he first sees Agnes, an angelic little girl holding hand to her sick mother, and her father, maddened to see his wife living her last Christmas.

One year later, Agnes Father once a gifted metal worker who helped erect most of the city's famous skyscrapers lost his job, and became a die hard alcoholic and on Christmas night, the latter lost the rent money to a card game. Always left on her own, Agnes meets with an endearing and lonely toy seller who not only gives her the doll of her dreams but also purchases all her match boxes.
Filled with hope for the first time in months, Agnes gets back home only to find her father quarreling with the landlord, a greedy man who wants to evict them. Agnes offers the man to pay him with what she just has earned from the toy seller, the avid landlord takes it anyway stating it's a meager account on the 3 months late and throws them out all the same. Agnes takes the doll and her mother's golden slippers with her and takes refuge with her father in the shanty towns.

Outside, the news boy announces that current cold waves rank among the most intense waves in recorded North America and that more heavy snow is to expected in a few days.
Once again, Agnes roams the freezing streets by herself trying to sell her last remaining matches. It's the new year's eve and the little girl meets with a generous woman named Fabula and her family. Fabula tries to invite Agnes home, but the little girl gets scared when she sees the landlord coming right at her, actually seeking to catch a cab. Agnes escapes in the snowy streets, and Fabula will keep this regret in her for years, along with the image of the avid man who frightened the little girl so much.
In the dark, Agnes moves toward her destiny and begins lighting the few remaining matches to warm herself up in the very cold night. Her father who's been looking for her in the blinding blizzard follows a strange gleam of light and gets hit by a cab. Agnes follows the same lure and recognizes her grandmother. Hearing traditional and magic Christmas songs, Agnes slowly freezes and loses consciousness.
Now a young woman, Agnes wakes up into an indistinct location with her Grandmother who tells her she will be offered another life if she finds a new reason for living.

Now a teenager, Elliot lives under a bridge in Central Park with several disabled youngsters suffering from biological rarities referred to as freaks of nature.
The rumor of the mysterious disappearances of several homeless kids prompts them all to accept the offer of circus director Albert Rose to work for him. But Henry Rose is none other than the greedy landlord and it isn't long before the latter exploits them too.
In the horrid freak-show, Elliot dreams of becoming a mime or a stage actor...As the days go by, he begins feeling a comforting presence who shows him the way to succeed and to trust in himself: Agnes spirit.
But, a dark spirit also roams the sinister and miserable shantytowns, luring children into traps and stealing their dreams and hope from them...

Submitted: June 2, 2019
Last Updated: June 28, 2019
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The Writer: Jordan Tate

A produced, versatile and prolific female screenwriter, Jordan Tate has a strong interest in thrillers, science fiction and fantasy stories; she also focuses her attention on tormented characters and stories based on actual events. Alfred Hitchcock, James Cameron, Steven Spielberg, Tim Burton, Christopher Nolan and Stanley Kubrick have influenced her imagination. She enjoys putting her audience and readers on the wrong track with characters that are never what they seem to be. She often quotes the legendary movie "KING KONG"as being behind her vocation. Her recent accomplishments include various assignments for several worldwide production companies especially in Europe and USA. She has had... Go to bio

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