What A Good Boy Does by Ben Clifford | Script Revolution

What A Good Boy Does



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A young boy discloses a traumatic event to his parents -- only to discover that they might not want to know.

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Secrets. We all have them. We all hear them.

Whether we like hearing them, however, depends on the secret itself. Because some things truly are better left unsaid.

In For What A Good Boy Does, 9-year-old Bobby has a big secret to hide from his parents.

It's not his preference to hide it. Someone told him to.

Someone that neither Bobby nor his parents can afford to confront.

Still - Bobby's mother Julie notices something ominous is up with her son.

He's not eating.

He's wetting the bed for the first time in ages.

And he's asking some odd questions too:

When you keep secrets, do you feel bad about it?

Eventually, Julie discovers the horrible truth behind Bobby's emotional struggles.
But it's a truth that proves very hard for her to handle, as well.
One that threatens her family’s wellbeing to the core.

So Julie does the next best thing: explaining to Bobby that sometimes you have to do things you don't like doing to make those you love safe. In Bobby's case, keeping the secret to himself… to ensure the household’s “greater good”.

What is Bobby's big secret? Who told him to keep it hidden?
And why does Julie – a clearly loving mother – agree to go along with that?

All those questions (and more) are answered by this haunting and disturbing script.
Serious filmmakers: pick this one up and reveal its secrets to the screen.

Budget: Very low. A house. Good actors. Nothing more required there! Just do a terrific job... and watch the festival kudos roll in.  :/


Review by Hamish Porter
Submitted: September 27, 2016
Last Updated: June 4, 2018

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The Writer: Ben Clifford

I'm an Australian screenwriter interested in writing drama and comedy. I am greatly inspired by the works of Peter Weir, Harmony Korine, the Marx Brothers, Todd Solondz, Andrea Arnold, and Cate Shortland. My shorts are all free to use with my permission. Please feel free to contact me and let me know if you have any questions, comments, requests, or feedback. Thanks for visiting my bio. Go to bio

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