A divorcing couple argue about his infidelity on the way to see their lawyers, they find something unexpected along the way and have twenty two floors to reflect.
Cast your mind back to your childhood – to a more innocent time when you believed in Fairy Tales – to Cinderella, the perfect fit of that glass slipper, to Sleeping Beauty awoken from her one-hundred year sleep. To Snow White trapped in her crystal coffin. Now picture: Prince Charming, coming to our fair maiden’s rescue – he leans in to plant a kiss upon her lips, then sweeps her off her feet.
Cue swelling music –
And, they lived happily ever after.
Okay, now come back down to earth because…
Everybody knows the perfect fairytale ending is just the beginning of the story.
Why? Because: the course of true love never did run smooth.
Enter Mark and Davina Grearson. Location – the lobby of a high-rise office block. Judging by the scowls and sullen looks on their faces their relationship is anything but smooth sailing. In fact, if these two had theme tunes they’d be running in a continuous loop – Chris Isaaks crooning ‘Baby Did a Bad, Bad Thing’, and Tammy Wynette belting out her ‘Divorce’ anthem.
Because Mark did indeed do a bad, bad thing, and Davina’s sent him to the dog house. Their marriage has hit the skids and it ain’t pretty. No conscious uncoupling for these two.
‘Fairytale’ writer, Anthony Cawood, pulls no punches with the realism of his two leads. He decides the best thing to do with these two ex-love-birds is let ‘em blow off a little steam. What better way then but to lock ‘em up in a claustrophobic, sweat inducing, steel box we commonly call an elevator-car. Then stand back and see what happens.
After all Davina’s got a few home-truths she wants Mark to hear, and Mark – well, for now he’s just going to have to stand back and weather the storm.
So ensues some good old fashioned sparring via some cracking dialogue. A perfect blend of verbal thrust and parry combined with a healthy dose of double entendre. Think thirties and forties stars, Tracy and Hepburn, Gable and Lombard, Bogart and Bacall.
Fancy seeing you here.
We wouldn’t be here if you’d kept it zipped.
Wow, how long’d that take, five seconds?
Is that what she said?
Ouch! Davina – one. Mark – nil.
Oh dear. It looks like the twenty-second floor, also known as the ‘divorce floor’ is really the end of the line for these two? Or is it …?
Just when you think you know where this story’s going, writer Anthony Cawood casts a spell of a different kind, opening a door into another realm of divine intervention.
Something is about to happen inside this elevator-car that neither Davina nor Mark could ever have possibly imagined, something that defies logic – something that might just remind both of them that magic does exist, and maybe, just maybe, they might remember why they fell in love in the first place.
Want to create a little on-screen magic of your own? Filmmakers, sprinkle your own brand of fairy dust and this one could be a true work of art.
Budget: Pretty small. An elevator is about it. And perhaps a dash of fairy dust…
About the reviewer: Libby Chambers has been writing all her life. Over her career, she’s worked in the Features Department for ABC TV as a Program Assistant, trained as a FAD, and served professionally as a freelance web-content editor and proofreader. She lives with her husband (also a screenwriter) in Sydney, Australia, and describes him as being both a good and a bad influence on her writing. You can contact Libby at libbych “AT” hotmail
About the writer: I’m an award winning screenwriter from the UK with over 15 scripts produced, optioned and/or purchased. Outside of my screenwriting career, I’m also a published short story writer and movie reviewer. Links to my films and details of my scripts can be found at www.anthonycawood.co.uk.
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