Les The Punter

Format: Short Screenplay – now adapted for theatre
Length: 15 minutes
Characters: 4
Locations/scenes: 3 film, 2 theatre

Logline:
A penniless punter’s funeral collection is invested on a horse at great odds. The horse wins – and the race to the bookmaker is on.

What they say, stage:
“I really liked this piece. At first I didn’t but the dialogue and general weirdness of it won me over.

The characters are funny, although I do feel there may be one too many. However, they’re memorable and the language is fun and has a lot of wit at times. It’s not always witty and there are a few times it feels stilted, so take another proof of it to sharpen it up.

I predicted the twist of the horse winning as will the audience, but I think we’re meant to as it means we don’t predict the final strange twist, which is a really imaginative ending.

I think the audience will really enjoy this. What is also nice is that it’s not a scene from a piece to be extended that’s masquerading as a short play. It works at the length it is and is memorable.

Well done, I look forward to seeing it staged.”
Script appraisal
Manchester ADP

What they say, screen:
“A lovely, lovely script. Well done! It’s charming and funny… the dialogue is great. The pages just fly by. I couldn’t help imagine actors like Caine and Gambon doing it. It would be truly wonderful if that were possible… never say never!”
Phil Hawkins (IMDb)
Director/Producer
THE PHILM COMPANY

“Les The Punter has such an original voice and tone. It’s a beautiful story veiled in sharp English humor. Each character pops in this whimsical tale, leading to a satisfying and grin-inducing ending.”
Laurence Cohen (IMDb)
Director/Editor
www.AuroraLightWorks.com

“An entertaining story with a distinctive sense of language, place and character…and a great twist. The narration has a poetic charm, and being limited to three very easy locations means it will be relatively easy to shoot.”
Melissa Kent (IMDb)
Film Editor
MelissaKent.com

What next:
The full scripts for screen and stage are available to read on request.

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