A story about the things people will do for love...
And for guilt.
They are easy to confuse...
Genre: A feature length mysterious comedy movie.
Tagline: A home is a home because of its ghosts. Without them it’s just a house.
Concept: Frankenstein meets The Others. An Indy film for lovers of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Amelie, Truly Madly Deeply and lovers of all that is Gothic.
Short Synopsis: Following the death of their Dad, four brothers and sisters return to the family home after many years to face each other, face facts and face the future.
But what do they know of the past? …
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This is a story about a weird house and the weird family, two parents, two boys and two girls, who grew up there. It’s a large, beautiful, but run down country house with acres of land.
Their dad - James Jones, was an inventor. He invented something that made him a lot of money, so he bought a big house and had a big family. Unfortunately, although he invented many more things, nothing ever made any money after the first big payoff. His inventions became more and more weird and imaginative, but he just couldn’t get it right.
One day he asked his youngest son, Tom, to help with an invention; it went wrong and Tom was killed. Mum had a breakdown, she left and was not spoken of again. The other three kids - Yossarian (Dad was a big Joseph Heller fan), Eloise and Suki left the house one by one and went off into the world.
But now, seven years later, Dad’s dead and Eloise, Yossarian and Suki are back in the house where everything started. They’ve got to work together to bury old hatchets, sort things out and move on. Only there are a few problems. They don’t get on and no-one can find the key to Dad’s laboratory – what was he working on when he died? There’s a strange feeling in the house, static electricity was one explanation, but it seems odd.
They inspect Dad’s bi-plane, his pride and joy, only to find it in a dismal state, dusty and unused. Clearly Dad had been spending his time on something else.
Dad’s brother Uncle Simon turns up, he knows that Dad was using something incredibly expensive in his experiments. He seems very keen to get in to Dad’s Lab…
Yossarian doesn’t want to be there as the daytime TV presenter awards are on tomorrow night, he’s up for an award, and has a hot date with the fame obsessed Donna, who’d give any footballers wife a run for her money.
Suki, the eldest girl, doesn’t want to be there either, she’s come back from holiday to help sort everything out. She thinks she saw a ghost in the grounds, but doesn’t want to tell her husband, Colin, who’s abnormally sensitive to the paranormal.
Then the solicitor turns up to inform them that Dad owes £200,000 and the bank is going to take the house. It is to be demolished. Eloise doesn’t want the house to be sold – she believes it would be the end of her world.
Then they find the key to Dad’s lab; it’s been hanging on the Special Tree where they used to play, and they discover something in the lab that will change their lives forever…
The family must now work together to solve the mystery of their Dad’s death, complete his final invention and send Tom’s soul off to Paradise.
But what of Donna? And what is Uncle Simon up to? And what is in the black box Yossarian is so keen to keep hidden? It all ends in an apocalyptic finale that we guarantee no one saw coming…
Eloise Jones – The Main character of the film and the Youngest Child. Eloise is an attractive, feisty girl with a sense of humour. All teeth and smiles, she’s got so much energy you’d think she had a tiny nuclear reactor in her knickers.
Unfortunately life hasn’t really worked out for her and she’s just lost her job and her boyfriend, and her bank account is empty. She feels very sad that the family has disintegrated, but realises why the others don’t really want to make it happen – it’s just too darn painful. She’s used to having things her own way, as she spends so much of her time on her own.
Yossarian Jones – The Eldest Child – wishes he was presenting for BBC1, but isn’t, and never will. Works as a daytime TV presenter on the worst auction show, selling tat to idiots. He has hopes and dreams, but is beginning to wonder if the dream boat he really wanted may have set sail a while ago. He realises he is now head of the family, following the death of his dad. He has been there, done that, bought the T-shirt and would have taken it back for a refund, but only, the match was on, and you know how it is with the buses at that time of the day…
Suki Jones – the 2nd born – Wouldn’t be phased if Attila the Hun turned up for tea, though may not actually get the best china out. One half of a couple with Colin. She is used to having things her own way. she is incredibly bossy and he is as useless as an undercarriage on a goldfish. She would like to save the world but that would get in the way of her rampant consumerism. Quite annoying, like a young female Hugh Grant!
Dead Tom – The youngest and dead. Tom was the favourite child (there is always a favourite) – he was the favourite of his brothers and sisters too. He was sensitive – introverted creative and funny. A heart of gold and a good bloke – he would have gone on to great and imaginative things. During the film he is back with his family as a ‘ghost’; though they cannot see him, he is fully visible to the viewer.
Colin – Suki’s Husband - (Late 30’s, but younger than Suki), He would like to think he’s been there, done that and bought the t-shirt too, but he hasn’t. He hasn’t been anywhere in fact, unless you count a school trip to Alton Towers. He works in It and has the hair cut to prove it – he’s not a bad bloke but you wouldn’t want to be stuck next to him on a transatlantic flight. He is pussy whipped to death.
Donna – Yossarian’s G/f (25ish). She is a very materialistic woman, who wants to be a celebrity but knows this is going to be a hard slog. She is vain, but very pretty. She would do anything to get on TV. ANYTHING.
Uncle Simon – Dad’s brother. Sad his brother is dead – but interested to see what he can get out of it. Not that close to the rest of the family – and clearly up to something. But what?
James Jones – DAD – also dead. James is a mad scientist from the traditional school of Mad Scientists. He makes Dr. Frankenstein’s work look uninspired and Dr Jekyll look sane.
HG Wells would have written this film if he had thought of it but he didn’t, and he is dead and I am not, so I did.
A lot of what happens in this film actually happened to me. I saw my first ghost at Clivden Manor in the summer in the daylight when I was about 14, it’s an image I have always wanted to put onto film and it has stuck with me to this day.
We all have to deal with bereavement at some point in our lives, and hopefully this film will deal with such situations compassionately and in a way unlike anyone else. This is certainly a unique story, and I can’t imagine anyone making a film like this apart from me.
I have a degree in fine art and want to make a film that looks beautiful on the big screen, with real cinematic feel and quality, as well as telling a great story. It will be chilling and comedic, but with an emotionally strong central story. It is essentially a character driven ensemble piece about a family bought back together by a death. Death of course is a recurring theme in the film, but the film is also about a family finding out that they do need each other after all.
All of the cast have worked with Martin on previous productions,
and are all well known for their great character work.
Also featuring Ben Shockley, Ruth Middleton, Luke Moss, Jonathan Hansler & Genevive Steele.
(Other roles yet to be cast)
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