An original screenplay by
20th January 2013
This short film is a dark comedy film about Tom a depressed twenty something who has no real prospects. Who teams up with his friends Jason (his brother) and Dexter a talking raccoon puppet that Tom was given as a child during Jason’s severe illness. In order to overcome his depression and the past that’s holding him pack Tom must let go of the two things he believes are holding him together Dexter and Jason
As the story unfolds, Tom attends the funeral of his dog Roger, his “best friend” Roger died the day before but wasn’t sick, its this sudden death that has really shook Tom. At Rogers funeral Tom realises that his mother is upset because she is now worried about him and if Rogers death will send him deeper in to his depression.
Through Tom’s final realisation we discover that all along Tom has just wanted to be “happy” and normal and to become the son his parents have always wanted. Tom over hears his parents discussing him, they are both upset comparing Rogers death to that of their son who died previously. Upon hearing “We don’t want to loose another son” Tom really realises that its time to do the right thing, something that will not only help his parents but also help him to. For Tom to be happy and move on he needs to stop hanging around with the two friends he now realises are in fact holding him back Dexter and Jason.
Tom tells is parents that he is going for a walk, his parents are shocked and remind him that his councillor has told him not to be alone, he tells them that he wont be alone as he has Dexter with him. Tom leaves the house with Dexter but it isn’t long before Jason has caught up to him. They leave together and continue down the street. They end up in a park, after Dexter and Jason have a severe argument, Tom tells them both to stop and sits on a bench, Dexter and Jason join him. Its here that Tom tells his friends its time to move on. Tom asks Jason to leave, at this point Dexter becomes visibly upset, Tom and Dexter’s roles reverse and Tom tells Dexter its time for him to leave to, after this. Tom leaves the park feeling uplifted and happy that he may finally be able to become the person he has always wanted to be.
This short film will 10 minutes long and will look into the effects of emotional trauma on young men. Currently suicide kills more young men in Britain then road traffic incidents, murder and HIV/Aids combined, this figure combined with the stereotype of men carrying on and being strong has made it even more difficult for men to discuss depression. Tom is a severely depressed character but also shows signs of the condition maladaptive daydreaming where a person becomes so engrossed in a fantasy they become emotionally attached to the various characters their mind has created. The demographic of this film is young men, and is intended to show that it’s ok to talk about depression but also that a person can overcome depression and be happy. Distribution of this film is variable and could possibly be submitted to various film festivals, including both short film and puppet festivals as well as being distributed online and looking at charities that deal with depression and maladaptive daydreams such as C.A.L.M a charity that specialises in helping young men through depression.