The Resident by Dawn Johnston | Script Revolution

The Resident

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An old man who's been abandoned in a locked ward finds his way to freedom.
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An old man lies in bed in a nursing home. A nurse runs past his room. Out the window, staff rush to their cars and spin their tires as they race away. He has no idea what's going on but he makes a break for it. This short script has no dialogue.

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THE RESIDENT
When the apocalypse comes, one care home resident refuses to take it lying down.

In the bed, BEN (80s) lies awake, a towel and razor abandoned on his chest. Shaving cream flecks his face and his blank eyes stare at nothing. Next to the bed, an empty chair.

FOOTSTEPS approach from down in the hall, running. He looks to the sound.

A NURSE races by his door. Her footsteps fade. A door bangs.

Ben's eyes shift to the window. Outside, a car starts. The tires spit gravel as it peels away. Then silence again.

When his nurse fails to return, Ben investigates and soon discovers it’s more than his daily shave that’s been abandoned.  Grabbing his slippers, Ben negotiates the confines of the Burton Lodge Nursing Home, shuffling his way to freedom in a bid to see what all the fuss is about.

Outside, he finds a world of blue sky, lost dogs, and impending disaster.  For Ben, it’s a moment of clarity as the looming destruction awakens memories of lost love and a chance to reach into the past and live out his dreams one last time.

Dawn Johnston’s The Resident is driven by mystery and neatly wrapped up with a bittersweet nod to the past.  This dialogue-free short script packs a lot into its 3 pages, delivering a simple story with universal appeal.  A great short for both first-time filmmakers and more experienced directors looking to grow their portfolio with heartfelt, visual storytelling.

Review by Steve Miles
Submitted: March 11, 2020
Last Updated: June 13, 2020

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The Writer: Dawn Johnston

I’m a Canadian screenwriter who specializes in drama, dramedy and darkly comic scripts. My short script, Goodbye Today was produced by a local filmmaker and my feature drama script, Mother , was a Nicholl Fellowship quarter-finalist. More recently, I am in development with director Barnet Bain on a modern adaptation of a classic book. I'm also working with producer Sean Moussavi to develop one of my feature scripts. Check out my website for other features and pilots. I also welcome constructive feedback on my scripts. Feel free to DM. Thanks! Go to bio
Manager: John Ferraro

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