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Drama - Pre-Production 2015

After a terrible tragedy a popular teenagers attempt to commit suicide is thwarted by a misfit who teaches him how to live instead of how to survive through art classes she conducts for ill children in hospital.

    • Year of production
    • 2015
    • Genres
    • Drama
    • Countries
    • AUSTRALIA
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH
    • Budget
    • 0.3 - 0.6 M$
    • Writer(s)
    • Suzan BATTAH
    • Synopsis
    • KARL DONALDSON (17) is a child of domestic violence. While playing football at a school event, the police arrive to inform him, his father set his mother on fire and killed himself. Karl is taken straight to the hospital to be by his mother’s side who is likely not going to survive. A month later, his mother is still alive and rehabilitates in the hospital while Karl lives with his overbearing relatives. Now a below average student with little interest in activities and is excluded by his peers in school. He is obsessed with his art as he withdraws further into himself.  He is very much an outsider in all aspects of his life. His Coach and teachers try to help him but no one seems to be able to get through. SALLY Moorehead (17)  is from a conservative religious family, a bit of a misfit though doesn’t care for the opinions of anyone. She is rebellious, highly intelligent and doesn’t fit the norm which makes her an outsider. Sally is at the hospital teaching art/dance classes to children in the burns unit when they bring Karl in to see his mother. She develops a deep empathy for him when she sees him crying. She  attempts to befriend him without luck.  Sally happens to be around the Sports shed when she sees Karl with a syringe. She stops him just before he puts the syringe in his arm. They have a physical altercation in which Sally manages to prevent his suicide attempt more than once and she manages to destroy the syringe. Another student discovers them after the moment and runs off to get help. Karl begs her not to say anything and she keeps her promise when they are discovered by another student who calls to get help. Sally is conflicted by what to do but when she sees Karl, after his attempted suicide, visit his mother in the burns unit and asks for forgiveness she is certain he would not try again. Karl spots Sally in the hospital and demands she stay away from him. He feels she holds this secret over him and doesn’t want anything to do with her. Sally tells him to get over himself reminds him to look at his reflection before judging who she is. It’s his Coach who finds out the truth of what happened by chance. Karl is immediately thrown into counselling. He blames Sally for the revelation and they fight. When he finds out it wasn’t her who told, he realises she's not trying to hurt him.  He goes to her art class to apologise and is invited to stay. The children in the art class are in awe of him. They see him as one of them, a little broken and unwell. They clamber for his attention.  He slowly begins to relent as the children's enthusiasm is contagious. He begins to see how they, in the face of their own issues, remain happy and positive and he can be that as well. One night, Karl discovers Sally unconscious with badly infected cuts and a deeper pain hidden behind her smile. Their relationship dies as Sally shuts down communication.  With an over-protective, well-meaning mother in the way, Karl must help Sally the way she helped him.
    • Production schedule
    • TBA
    • Beginning of shooting
    • Aug 17, 2015
    • End of shooting
    • Sep 18, 2015
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