Comedy - Pre-Production 2017

YOU’VE GOT THE COWBOY is a romantic and charming fish-out-of-water
story about a KIWI small town country music DJ who travels to the LOS ANGELES in a bid to save
his drought stricken hometown.

    • Year of production
    • 2017
    • Genres
    • Comedy, Romance
    • Countries
    • Languages
    • Budget
    • 5 - 10 M$
    • Duration
    • 95 mn
    • Writer(s)
    • Norelle SCOTT
    • Producer(s)
    • Murray FRANCIS (Propaganda)
    • Synopsis

      YOU’VE GOT THE COWBOY is a romantic and charming fish-out-of-water story about a small town country music DJ who travels to the big city to save his drought stricken hometown.

      Ranfurly, Central Otago. A region plagued by 140 days without rain. Cowboy , a laidback DJ, does his best to keep spirits up – frequently taking requests for Faith Hill songs – a local favourite. But deep down, he knows it’ll take a miracle to save his hometown.

      When Jane, a witty and sophisticated American from a big energy company, comes to town proposing to build a wind farm, many of the locals feel this is the miracle they’ve been praying for. DJ Wayne, Cowboy’s rival, and part-time realtor who has been taking advantage of the farmers’ plight to sell more property, is particularly pleased by Jane’s proposal. Even Cowboy eventually falls for Jane’s charms, which upsets Laura, Cowboy’s sassy, stalwart childhood friend who is harbouring secret feelings for him.

      After going on a date with Jane and realizing that her wind farm proposal may not be set in stone, Cowboy formulates another idea: Bring Faith Hill to play a concert in Ranfurly. Live on the air, Cowboy calls Faith Hill’s agency to book her for a concert. The receptionist thinks it’s a prank and plays along, and the town starts buzzing that Faith Hill will be coming to Ranfurly of all places.

      When Faith Hill’s agents never return his calls, Cowboy realizes how naïve he’s been, but goes ahead and books a flight to Los Angeles to convince her in person. Cowboy is a fish out of water in LA and even with the help of a wisecracking Russian taxi driver whom he befriends (think Jemaine Clement), and faces rejection at every turn.

      Cowboy calls Laura to tell her how badly his plan is going, but Laura tells him she’s learnt that the energy company’s offer was bogus and the town is now counting on him. In that moment, Cowboy realizes how much he misses her, but can’t find the words to tell her how he feels. Downcast and despondent, he walks Venice Beach where he comes to the rescue of a woman being mugged – an act that is caught on camera and goes viral, bringing Cowboy, and Ranfurly, much needed attention.

      The video reaches Faith Hill, who is touched by Cowboy’s story, and, while Cowboy is on a flight back to New Zealand, Faith puts a call into Ranfurly…

      Cowboy comes home with his tail between his legs, so is shocked to be welcomed home as a hero: The town has come alive with the news that Faith Hill has agreed to perform in Ranfurly – for free.

      Faith fits right into Ranfurly. She reveals to Cowboy that Laura is the one who made this all happen. As Faith takes the stage, Cowboy weaves his way through the adoring crowd and finds Laura. As the music soars, they share a passionate kiss. The camera pulls away higher and higher as we listen to Faith and see a tiny hall in the middle of nowhere surrounded by hundreds of people, cars, and trucks.