Romance - Development 2012

A contemporary retelling of the story of Jesus, starring Elephant a contemporary Messianic figure who ministers through song to the strange and beautiful of Utopia.

    • Year of production
    • 2012
    • Genres
    • Romance, Erotic, Science-fiction
    • Countries
    • Languages
    • Budget
    • 1 - 3 M$
    • Duration
    • 100 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Sean CONWAY
    • Writer(s)
    • Sean CONWAY
    • Producer(s)
    • Ashley HORNER (Pinball Films Ltd)
    • Synopsis
    • Set in the fictional village of Utopia, a near future shithole inhabited by both the good and bad, DOG KNIFE WIFE is a feature length Christology romance starring ELEPHANT, a contemporary Messianic figure who ministers through song to a strange and beautiful bunch of disciples.
      ELEPHANT lives in a shotgun shack on the edge of town with his mother GLADYS. Awfully abused by her as a child, their relationship is brutal, yet loving. ELEPHANT goes out to hunt with a useless kestrel. They survive on homemade soup.
      ELEPHANT and his best friend, MISTER, are wannabe no fi popstars, playing in an anti folk band THE MICHAEL JOHNSONS.
      They spend their days writing and rehearsing songs, riding through town on a dirtbike and administering GLADYS’ soup to the poor and destitute of Utopia. ELEPHANT is capable of transporting an audience with his words, a performer of minor miracles and a thorn in the side of the local lawmaker GOLDSKULL. They are equally loved and loathed, especially hated by BOP BOP, king of the gypsies and his clan.
      Utopia has one sherriff, one club and one whore. Everyone in Utopia fucks SAVANNAH, except ELEPHANT, who is in love with her. SAVANNAH is mute and closely guarded and abused by GOLDSKULL, her stepfather and pimp.
      After being brutally raped by GOLDSKULL, SAVANNAH attempts to end her life, but is saved by ELEPHANT, who bandages her wounds with his own torn T shirt. Miraculously her deep cuts heal. She offers herself to him for sex, but ELEPHANT declines. Their love blossoms.
      After a successful MICHAEL JOHNSONS’ show, GOLDSKULL fights with ELEPHANT, who will not fight back. GOLDSKULL beats him to a bloody pulp, but a healthy SAVANNAH intervenes and saves him. ELEPHANT and SAVANNAH become lovers, GOLDSKULL seeks revenge for the loss of his income.
      SPAGHETTI, the local club owner, is murdered.
      When SAVANNAH falls sick with a mysterious illness, GOLDSKULL imprisons her in hospital, keeping ELEPHANT away, although he knows he could save her.
      ELEPHANT spends days in the wilderness, taunted by demons. SAVANNAH escapes the hospital and returns to her boudoir. ELEPHANT discovers MISTER and SAVANNAH together ‘in flagrante’ and stabs MISTER in the chest with his beautiful hunting knife.
      ELEPHANT flees to the shotgun shack where his mother, GLADYS, threatens to drink bleach if he does not forgive her for her past brutality. ELEPHANT leaves. GLADYS drinks and dies.
      Wrongly accused of the murder of SPAGHETTI, ELEPHANT is hunted by GOLDSKULL and a drunken gypsy posse. ELEPHANT claims innocence but is murdered in cold blood by GOLDSKULL with a single shot to his chest. BOP-BOP and the gypsies tie ELEPHANT’S broken body to the crossed boughs of a tree and leave.
      An injured MISTER attempts to pull ELEPHANT down and is miraculously healed of his knife wound. He uses ELEPHANT’S own knife to then cut him free.
      Later at the club, a frail SAVANNAH struggles onto the stage with crutches, to deliver a eulogy to the dead ELEPHANT, assisted by the now healthy MISTER. The whole of the village stands in shame. A figure appears at the back of the room, the congregation part and ELEPHANT, resurrected, stands beside SAVANNAH on the stage. They kiss and she is immediately healed and discards the crutches.
      The resurrected MICHAEL JOHNSONS perform a last song to rapturous applause, moving the whole audience to perform a strange synchronised line dance in their joy.
      ELEPHANT and SAVANNAH leave together on the dirtbike, never to return to Utopia.
    • Partners & financing
    • Looking for Distribution, Sales and Co Producer.
    • Production schedule
    • Shoots Summer 2012
    • Beginning of shooting
    • Jun 01, 2012