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The Cut [Episode 1]

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Christopher Kerr

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Science fiction

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An award-winning script detailing a coming of age... in the guise of a zombie, road-trip, buddy-movie, canal tour - a genre much under-represented in mainstream cinema to date.

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Straight-laced, but woefully misinformed, Spencer (30s / 40s) leads the young, reckless, Toovey (~18yo) in a perilous journey through the canals of London.... on a crusade to escape the dangers of the city - with its warring, extremist, post-truth, post-apocalyptic, factions - in favour of the assumed serenity of coastal Bristol. Along the way, by chance surprise, they meet a very non-traditional family. This encounter opens Toovey’s eyes to new perspectives on life, and family; prompting him to re-evaluate. Given the consistent wry, ‘dramedy’ slant this premise naturally lends itself to, we’re not saying that he necessarily makes the right, intelligent, decision of course. Where would be the fun in that? Also, London always wins in the end.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Christopher Kerr

Bio: Bio: Born: c.1801, Scotland - found on a church doorstep, wrapped in the new Union Flag which he dubiously claims to have "mocked up that morning".

Age: 42. Having invented both the bicycle and the time-machine by age 15, Mr Kerr subsequently fell victim to a terrible accident upon removing the training wheels; stranding him in Australia, c.2005... Mysteriously aging nearly a decade in the process! Both Mr Kerr and top government scientists are at a loss to explain the missing 10 years.

Nationality: British, Australian, Pyrate.

Still an enthusiastic cyclist, now returned to the UK, Mr Kerr currently skippers the waterways of South-East England. He is accompanied in this endeavour by First-mate Mindi-Schnauzer, and Master-at-arms / heir apparent, Toovey-The-Wonder-dog.
In order to finance this floating fiefdom - maintenance, dogfood, tyres, hyphens, commas, requisite rum - Mr Kerr can typically be found bobbing between Film Post-production jobs, script-analysis assignments, or manual labouring.

In his 15+ years Technology and Production capacities in Post, Mr Kerr worked on a string of award-winning features; many of which could have benefited creatively from smaller budgets and stronger scripts.

2017 saw a determined effort to break away from Post, into screenwriting proper - to realise some of his own ideas. This has led to a few awards on the Festival scene, as well as some progress towards self-producing a couple of short animated films, and a one-shot comic.

Writer Statement

Based on actual events, some - or less - of the above is true.

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In a world without experts - where trope trumps truth - an unlikely male duo must find passage through the canals of post-apocalyptic London; to peace and freedom in the 'Promised Land' beyond - Bristol.

Ostensibly a character-driven coming-of-age tale: in the guise of a post-apocalyptic, road-trip, buddy-movie, canal tour - a genre much under-represented in mainstream screenwriting today. ;-) The story leverages every audience’s immediate, yet oft superficial, connection with canals and narrowboats… and runs in a completely unexpected direction with it. Rosie & Jim gone very, very, wrong.

The irreverent and minimalist stylings of A BOY AND HIS DOG crossed with a FELLOWSHIP OF THE RINGS sort of approach to revealing the hidden beauty of London and The Southeast.

In a world without experts - where trope trumps truth - an unlikely male duo must find passage through the canals of post-apocalyptic London; to peace and freedom in the 'Promised Land' beyond - Bristol.

Ostensibly a character-driven coming-of-age tale: in the guise of a post-apocalyptic, road-trip, buddy-movie, canal tour - a genre much under-represented in mainstream screenwriting today. ;-) The story leverages every audience’s immediate, yet oft superficial, connection with canals and narrowboats… and runs in a completely unexpected direction with it. Rosie & Jim gone very, very, wrong.

The irreverent and minimalist stylings of A BOY AND HIS DOG crossed with a FELLOWSHIP OF THE RINGS sort of approach to revealing the hidden beauty of London and The Southeast.

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