Where the Devil says Goodnight by Ron Shears | Script Revolution

Where the Devil says Goodnight

This was back door survival in the harshest environment on earth. ‘The gates of hell.’ Camp Yaya. A female Gulag 442 miles below the Arctic Circle. Life behind barbed wire

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WHERE THE DEVIL SAYS GOODNIGHT
Archive #810 - Script came 5th or 10th. 2001 entries.
Nominated for a US Cultural and Heritage award 2010

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WHERE THE DEVIL SAYS GOODNIGHT covers subject matter that hasn’t really made its way into American history textbooks. During the reigns of Hitler and Stalin. Poland and other Eastern European countries acted as a buffer zone between Germany and Russia. The people of this region suffered unspeakable tragedies that have been mostly overlooked by mainstream American cinema.
Other important events of this period have been covered many times, but I don’t recall seeing the WWII era from the perspective you present.

The historical aspects of this script are very interesting. I really enjoyed seeing a new story from the WWII era. Like many stories set in this time period, GOODNIGHT has its share of tragedy. However, the indomitable spirit of Beata leaves the reader with a sense of hope.

You do a fine job describing the bleak, harsh environments that Beata is thrust into: the disgusting conditions of the camps, the vile behaviour of the
Russians, the unbearable cold. All of this contrasts nicely with Beata’s idyllic childhood. Her time as a young girl on the estate is full of warmth and love.
Environment is character and your attention to detail here shows that you understand this concept.

You have some strong characters to work with. The circumstances of Beata’s life and the way she met the challenges that faced her make her a memorable
protagonist. Yaga’s spirit and humour make some of these brutal scenes more palatable. In fact, most of your characters show amazing strength in the face of
death and despair.

Overall, this is a decent effort. The stark, violent images and the history lesson presented in GOODNIGHT are what work best.

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Submitted: August 20, 2020
Last Updated: August 20, 2020

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The Writer: Ron Shears

He was born in 1935 in Kent, England grew up in Bomb Alley during WW2. He served a 5-year apprenticeship as a Compositor Typographer. Met Patricia, an Art Student at age 17, married in 1957. They have a daughter, two son's eight grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. He left a print after 11 years to start a roof tiling and slating business, eventually employing 52 trade's men. Nine years later, lost a fortune to bad debts when oil price increased 400% in four days. Builders large and small went broke, taking him with them. Some years later, he migrated to Australia. Broke, did building site laboring work to support the family., started writing to keep sane, never showed anyone for... Go to bio

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