Heiress - But To What Throne? | Script Revolution

Heiress - But To What Throne?

Heiress
Who really holds the reins as secret agendas and misgivings over
control of the family trust weave a web of deceit?

Families are tricky at the best of times, but throw a fortune into the mix and the fireworks can be quite impressive.

Melissa is a young lady who dons herself in the traditional attire and luxuries that are expected in her position as an heiress. As she steps out of her limo and enters an office building she is taken by an assistant, Joan, to meet her uncle and controller of the family fortune, Thomas. The mood is initially tense upon Melissa’s arrival before uncle Thomas, but then tensions increase as what seemed initially to be a regular shakedown of the family’s fortune takes a different turn.

Joan hands the "WELLINGTON GLOBAL QUARTERLY REPORT" to Melissa as she settles into a chair across from Thomas.

Melissa fans open the report. Joan lingers over her shoulder. Melissa shoots her a suspicious eye.

MELISSA
And you're here, why?

THOMAS
Joan has been extremely helpful these past months.

They hang on her every expression and body movement.

THOMAS
You'll be happy to know the company experienced a four percent increase this quarter.

MELISSA
Last quarter it was over seven.

Thomas perks up with her recollection.

JOAN
Page twenty-three... manufacturing was slow during the post-holiday.

Melissa closes the report. Chooses her words...

MELISSA
I think it's time I take a more active role in the company.

Thomas remains even. Joan is taken by her words.

As the power play between Thomas and Melissa is played out in the open and clear for everyone to see, in the background rests Joan, who also appears to be keeping a keen interest in the family affairs and what money could be going where.

Against the backdrop of the boardroom setting, the piece builds to a crescendo of conflict and back stabbing within the group, and keeps the reader on their toes until we finally arrive and double crosses of those involved are revealed.

With undertones of the family dramas and conflict that has made Succession so successful, Heiress is a great little short that studies the weighting of family and fortune, when set against human greed.

If you’re a film maker who is looking for a dramatic short full of conflict and twists, then this could well be the one for you.

The Script

Heiress

Who really holds the reins as secret agendas and misgivings over control of the family trust weave a web of deceit.

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Surreal comedies are my release, but everyone else seems to like my dramas so I've put them up here for the sensible readers...

Recently graduated from the London Film School and I'm now attempting to get some of these wonderful pieces of work out there into the real world. If you're keen on any of them, or actually have comments and thoughts (they're genuinely always welcome), let me know.

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As an art director for both marketing agencies and publications I have had a creative mix of visual as well as copywriting exposure to vividly convey many types of products, events and services. This experience led me to screenwriting, a longtime passion, which I have forged recent success and recognition in Page International and Austin Film Festival contest entries. I have completed several feature and pilot projects in the drama genre in which I have strong interest and I hope to fully...Read more