BEACHY HEAD - BASED ON TRUE EVENTS!!
Logline: Are you really killing someone when they’re practically dead? A question Rachel faces when she decides to take her father’s last moments into her own hands.
Synopsis: Thursday 17th December 1998 Rachel Lloyd is middle class, middle aged and over weight. After receiving an urgent phone call, she returns to her home town in Eastbourne to visit her dying father in Hospital. There is nothing more the Doctors can do for him, so she sits and waits for him to die. Joining her, is her eccentric friend Victoria Wilson. Victoria is a large breasted peacock of a woman who belongs at an Ascot tea party and not in a Hospital in Eastbourne. Dissimilarly, to Rachel she is outspoken and materialistic but they are the best of friends and support each other through anything. After reminiscing about how her Father never wanting to die in Hospital, how he’d always said he wanted to be thrown off Beachy Head, she decides the right thing to do to restore her father’s dignity, is to throw him off those infamous white cliffs. The two women kidnap George (still in his hospital bed) wheel the body across the countryside, crossing fields and up steep hills until they reach their destination. Hesitating only for a minute or two of comic indecision, Rachel runs towards the edge of the cliff throwing the body into the abyss.
RACHEL Rachel is 56, she comes from an upper middle class background, she is the eldest and only child of her father and mother. Her father had always wished she had been a boy and she struggled for many years to live up to his impossible expectations. Rachel, like many women, sees her weight as an enormous issue and is constantly wasting time with new fanciful diets such as only eating cabbage soup for weeks on end because she read it in “Good Housekeeping.” Her husband died of a heart attack only a few years into her marriage. Rachel has become to care less and less about herself, were it not for her rock - Victoria.
VICTORIA Victoria is 58, she has never been married. George Lloyd once said that “no man could possibly tolerate such a frivolous abomination” - Vicky doesn’t like George, she thinks he’s a control freak with a medieval view of the world. Oddly they’re rather similar, but she will never forgive him for the way he treated Rachel when they were younger. She’s loud and proud, everything a skinny girls not. She doesn’t just fill a room with her rumbustious body, but with her thoughtless, often rude comments and fruity laugh. She is the epitome of a woman who has just passed middle age and has decided not to care about anything. She took up smoking and white wine again last year, she sees them more as tools than poisons. But most importantly, she cares for Rachel more than anyone in the world and would do absolutely anything for her.
THE DOCTOR: He has known Rachel and her family for years. He, and the rest of the community, adore George Lloyd. The man fought bravely for England in WWII and a man like that deserves the utmost respect. He takes his job incredibly seriously and most, if not all, jokes go straight over his head. He’s the sort of person that hates unnecessary fuss and noise. He is not married and never will be because he doesn’t understand women - only their anatomy!
CHARLIE (THE POLICEMAN) Charlie is new to the world of policing. He is a young man with a uniform that doesn’t fit him and quite frankly, a career that doesn’t suit him. He is a sweet natured, naive boy who lets everyone walk all over him. People think that one day he might break, go mad and head off on a killing spree, but for the moment Charlie remains a fragile little creature!
GEORGE: Practically dead.
Risks and challenges
Our main concern is the fact that we will be filming with a crew of 15 strong on the infamous white cliffs of Beachy Head!
What with high winds, harsh rains and of course the impending cliff edge. We need to be sure that we have enough money to provide safety equipment for the cast and crew so that NO ONE DIES!
- (30 days)