Western Approaches by Barry Staff | Script Revolution

Western Approaches

Wanting to get rat-arsed after receiving an unavoidable job offer, a modern-day English ‘cowboy’ on a bicycle needs to outwit a zero-hours-contract migrant barmaid resolutely foiling his plan.

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A disorientated and alienated FRANK (30s) wears a Stetson as he cycles the high street of one of Britain’s contemporary urban sprawls. He's out of luck, out of time and out of here - if only he could find an exit from the endless ‘wilderness’ that is today's suburbia. He cycles right on inside a pub, to get drunk, having been offered a job he can't refuse, otherwise he'll lose unemployment benefits. Being the only customer this early, he faces down the only person running the place - barmaid SIGRID. She can't give him a quadruple shot in one glass: it’s totally against the rules! As an unstoppable force is set on course against an immovable object, visions of other possibilities ensue. The earth seems destined to move for both of them - love seemingly the only escape available amid the world’s colossal systemic failures not of their making.
(Two characters, two locations - present day)

Submitted: May 23, 2022
Last Updated: November 28, 2022

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The Writer: Barry Staff

Barry was born and raised in the UK. His career has been oddball - periods of education (ending on a postgraduate Diploma in Film Studies) intercut with ‘McJobs’ (roof-rack assembler, computer helpdesk, beer bottler, reject furniture salesman, draughtsman, goods inward operative, briefly a bouncer. . .), all the while writing on the side. With the writing paramount these days, he has a portfolio of spec feature and short screenplays, four of the latter having been filmed. Apart from competition successes, he's - SO FAR - had a purchase offer on one feature screenplay, an option on another and a shopping agreement on a third. Go to bio

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