This screenplay has been shortlisted in the BBC Writer’s Room, Austin Film festival, Launchpad and Bluecat.
THAT’S NOT WHAT HAPPENED
by DAVID LAURIE
A tense, techy conspiracy thriller feature
(Shortlisted by BBC Writers Room, Tracking Board and Austin Film Festival)
Think of a fast State Of Play studded with gritty In Bruges dialogue.
A feisty British Civil Servant searches for the people who murdered her friend at a Brexit protest, putting herself in the crosshairs of an incompetent undercover police unit intent on pinning the crime on a slippery American whistleblower.
A no-nonsense London girl gets stuck with a broken American PR man
Targeted by the government’s own fake news
They must uncover a billion dollar crime
Before the Police catch up
BELLA RAVEN (31) is a sassy, sarcastic, no-nonsense Londoner. Party girl by night and by day, a very effective civil servant. She’s settled, great at her job and bored out of her mind. Her father, an NHS campaigner, has died suddenly and she’s wondering what she’s doing with her life.
Much to her surprise, she goes on a Brexit protest about selling off the NHS. A newfound sense of purpose is cut short when she witnesses a man throw a Molotov cocktail at Police, causing a stampede that costs the life of a colleague (and ex) of hers. The headlines show a different man start the trouble, labelling him a member of populist whistle blowers, the Open Window Network.
After Bella’s efforts to tell the Police what really happened are rebuffed again and again, she suspects she’s being followed. She comes to realise that her colleague was murdered and, to her horror and bafflement, that she was also being targeted, after seeing News footage of herself, doctored to wear an Open Window shirt.
Unsure where to turn, she goes to see Michael Solo, Open Window’s smooth talking American spokesman, but they do not get on. At all. Later that night as her paranoia increases, Michael’s girlfriend is murdered and he is framed for it. Pushed together with Solo and annoyed that he is next to useless when things get real, Bella must turn the tables and draw out their unseen enemy, uncover a billion pound government Brexit swindle and stay one step ahead of the murky undercover police unit that is manipulating the media to run them to ground.