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One Call

A dying man is given a chance to amend his past, but what will become of his present?

Ninety-something Howard Peel is ready to die.  With his health failing and his spirit broken, a regimen of pills are all that see him through another day - another day he doesn’t want.

Care home worker, Joan, does her best to lift his spirits, flipping through Howard’s photo-album in a bid to shine some light into the winter of his years. But every picture tells the same story, of a life blighted by loss; of a loving wife, taken by illness; of close friendships, dwindled by the march of time.  Of one man’s sadness and unspoken regret.

Enter Angela, an enigmatic stranger who claims to be from the Odbody Foundation.  Joan is skeptical.  Howard doesn’t have visitors, but Angela proves a welcome respite from his cantankerous ways and she agrees to leave them alone.

This is where things take a curious turn:

Angela takes his hand in both of hers. Makes him jump.

I don’t need, or want religion.

I’m here to offer you an opportunity, Howard.

He frees his hand, points at the oxygen. Whispers.

What’s the point?
Just turn that off. I want to die.

Angela places an iPhone beside him. Grins enigmatically.

One call. Anybody. Any moment in time.
Say good bye to someone you didn’t,
tell someone the words you once didn’t have. Up to you.

Howard stares at the phone. Considers. Rejects.

Any time? What does that mean?

Present or past. Your call. So?

Howard looks at her serious face. Takes a moment. Shrugs.

If it makes you leave me alone.

Good. So who are you ringing?

A reluctant Howard takes up the photo-album, flipping back in time to a fateful day worn deep in his memory and a face from the past he gave up on long ago.

Is Angela telling the truth?

Or will Howard spend his final days pining for the life he never lived?

The phone begins to ring…

Drew Hubbard’s One Call weaves a magical realism with universal appeal to deliver a heartwarming tale of loss and redemption.  Set in a single location with minimal characters, One Call is accessible for a range of budgets giving filmmakers of all experiences a dialogue-driven script through which to display their creative talents.

The Script

Ringing up the past

Offered a phone call to anyone living or dead, an old dying gay man must apologise to the dead best friend he wronged as a teenager, or take the regret to the grave.

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Started writing scripts around eight years ago after realising his social life was vastly overrated. Enjoys writing in a variety of genres but leans toward raw, grittier characters and the worlds they inhabit - from the deadly serious to the darkly comic. Drinks coffee, owns an unhealthy amount of plaid and uses a calculator for the most basic of sums.Read more

About The Writer

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I have always loved writing and telling stories. I started as an actor and went on to run my own small, Children's Theatre company, writing and touring Maths based plays to schools and small venues. It was here I realised my passion was in telling the stories, not performing them. I get excited by great stories. I watch a lot of different kinds of programmes and adore getting caught up in the storylines and characters. It doesn't matter if it's a story about Superheroes, Super Sleuths, or...Read more