The Rust Garden by Steve Miles | Script Revolution

The Rust Garden

Type:

Status:

Page Count: 
14pp

Genre:

Budget:

Age Rating:

Logline: 
A forensic archaeologist finds her ideals tested when she discovers the horrors of the past are far from dead and buried.

This Script Has Been Reviewed By Shootin' The Shorts

Digging up the past, especially when it has involved brutality, murder or genocide is an all too delicate task. Holocaust memorials, museums and family histories serve to remind of Nazi atrocities. Truth commissions facilitate the healing process in countries battered by ruthless dictatorships. Perpetrators continue to be hunted and pursued through legal channels when possible. Inevitably, there exists a burning desire to achieve closure, honor the dead and scream “never again!” And, then there are others who just want revenge.

Steve Miles dark, dark drama, The Rust Garden, is set 70 years after the war in a forsaken site in Belarus where the dead far outnumber the living. The protagonist Ela and her young son live in the middle of this wasteland, where Ela works diligently each day digging up human remains. One day, as Ela’s son Namov looks on more in curiosity than horror, an elderly disabled stranger emerges from seemingly out of nowhere, shakily walks towards them and collapses.

Ela’s surprise turns to a growing concern when the sergeant who arrives at the scene, fails to show much curiosity and even less concern about the man and his unusual appearance. She realizes that given the stranger’s condition, he could not have traveled far before perishing before her eyes. Who was he? And, where did he come from? As soon as her son has left to visit his father, Ela ventures off in search of some answers.

Ela soon discovers that she has neighbors she never knew existed and that the ones she knew of are nothing like she could have possibly imagined. Her journey proves as painful and frightening as Franciszek Kalina’s, the Polish immigrant from Chicago in Pasikowski’s Aftermath without the catharsis that holocaust revenge movies like Phoenix or Inglorious Basterds offer, nor the comic relief that the latter’s excesses provide.

If you crave the opportunity to work with an awesome script that crafts a darkness that intensifies right through to the end, leaving audiences entirely unsettled, look no further than Miles’ The Rust Garden.

Number of pages: 16

Budget: Moderate. There are a number of specific props, several actors with specific physical characteristics and scenes in outdoor landscapes needed.

Review by Julia Cottle
Submitted: September 11, 2016
Last Updated: June 4, 2018

Want to read this script? You must join the revolution first. Don't worry, it's free, easy, everyone's welcome, and you can start reading right away.

This Script Is Loved By

Rick James's picture
Steve Miles's picture

The Writer: Steve Miles

Started writing scripts around five years ago after realising his social life was vastly overrated. Enjoys writing in a variety of genres but leans toward raw, grittier characters and the worlds they inhabit - from the deadly serious to the darkly comic. Drinks coffee, owns an unhealthy amount of plaid and uses a calculator for the most basic of sums. Go to bio

More Scripts From Steve

When They Wake
Amid a post-plague landscape blighted by superstition, a young girl & a volatile fugitive set out in search of the girl’s father; a journey that leads them into the path of an ancient horror.
Feature Fantasy, Horror For sale 94pp
The Arrival Of Light
In a future where every choice is measured by its risk, a disillusioned man looks to his past for a way to escape his present.
Short Drama, Sci-Fi For sale 7pp
Damn Your Eyes
A paranoid recluse fighting to expose mass government surveillance finds a truth far more insidious than he ever dared believe.
Short Horror, Thriller Available for Free 9pp
4 readers love this script
Lyssa's Child
A psychologist records the daily life of a recluse who claims to be stalked by a malign entity.
Short Drama, Horror Available for Free 13pp
4 readers love this script
Ding
A proud elevator operator fights to protect those in his charge from the sinister presence lurking on floor 13. Unless that is, they opt for the stairs…
Short Comedy, Horror Available for Free 9pp
3 readers love this script
All The Fives
An indebted cabby stumbles on an opportunity to reverse his fortunes when he finds a duffel full of money. But first, what to do with the dead passenger it belongs to?
Short Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller Available for Free 8pp
2 readers love this script
All Things Blue
A fleeting moment of friendship leads a lonely young girl to a devastating truth.
Short Drama Available for Free 8pp
1 reader loves this script
Survival First Inc.
As the world edges closer to social collapse, two security professionals market a post-apocalyptic protection service for concerned liberals.
Short Comedy Available for Free 7pp
1 reader loves this script
Grenade
A chance discovery at an abandoned army barracks gives a bullied youngster a chance to reconnect with his errant grandfather.
Short Drama Available for Free 17pp
1 reader loves this script
Treat
Stranded in an isolated motel on Halloween, a group of strangers faces a dilemma when the elderly proprietor refuses to open the door to a cry for help.
Short Comedy, Horror Available for Free 8pp
1 reader loves this script
Warmer
A curious toy designer stumbles on an alternative use for his latest creation: the hide-and-seek doll set. It's a discovery he soon lives to regret. Comedy 9 pages
Short Comedy Available for Free 9pp
1 reader loves this script
Slice
A grieving widow uses her love of baking to exact retribution against the system she blames for her suffering.
Short Horror, Thriller Available for Free 11pp
The Devil's Yardsale Ltd.
A lowly pair of shopping channel hosts use the power of poor taste to expose and hunt down the forces of darkness lurking among us.
Short Action, Adventure, Comedy Available for Free 10pp
A Cool Green Place
A paranoid office worker finds himself at the mercy of a caffeine loving Yucca who yearns for freedom. Freedom and maybe some casual murder…
Short Comedy Available for Free 12pp
Where The Wild Thyme Grows
A curious young boy stirs the ire of a local witch when he stumbles upon a long buried treasure.
Short Drama, Horror, Mystery Available for Free 10pp
Cherry-Fire Red
A happy-go-lucky bum reflects upon his love of bicycles - other peoples’ bicycles…
Short Comedy Available for Free 6pp
A Cat of One Colour
Mockumentary following an amateur big cat enthusiast in his hunt for the legendary Beast of Bodmin.
Short Comedy Available for Free 16pp
Food For Birds
A long awaited act of retribution takes an unexpected turn when the would be victim makes a final request.
Short Drama Available for Free 14pp
sendnudes