The Thunderbolt by Rick Dunning | Script Revolution

The Thunderbolt

When Fred Ward escapes from prison with his cell mate and becomes a bushranger in 19th century Australia, he is chased down to the very end... or is he?



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Based on a true story. The Thunderbolt is an action/comedy adventure with chases, shoot-outs and cross dressing. It culminates in a climax that only adds to the mystery surrounding the legend of The Thunderbolt.

Set in 19th century Australia, it's the story of bushranger Fred Ward, who with co-convict Fred Britten, known as Britts, escapes from prison on Cockatoo Island, with the help of Ward's beautiful but ill-fated, half-caste Aboriginal wife, Mary.

The pair head for the Hunter Valley region of New South Wales, where their bushranging careers take off, and where Ward picks up the nickname 'THE THUNDERBOLT'

But despite his criminal lifestyle, the charismatic- and strangely principled bushranger- gains public support and is admired by everyone except relentless prison warden Sergeant Doyle, who is determined to pursue him until the very end...

Submitted: October 4, 2020
Last Updated: February 26, 2022

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The Writer: Rick Dunning

I have previously written sketches for German TV, written and performed stand up on the London circuit and also written and produced a short film called ' Lilly And The Clown'. I have had my children's book 'Finlay's Family Of Fugitive Flea Finders' published. For the past twenty odd years I have worked in the film industry on many big budget films in the UK and abroad. Go to bio

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