A collection of scenes from the script. It was inspired by a quote from Oscar Wilde. When I was completing my undergraduate degree, I wrote a dissertation on Wilde's fairy tales, and during that time I came across this quote:
“No great artist sees things as they really are. If they did, they would cease to be one.”
So, I scribbled it down in my notebook. I first started writing this particular script for my masters degree a year later (in scriptwriting - no surprise there) and the story just grew from there.
Here's a snippet of the synopsis:
London, 1856. The pungent smell of factory fumes waft through the cobbled streets. Two well-dressed children are playing hide-and-seek. Their names are Jacob and Isabella Barker. They live a privileged life, being the children of a well-respected industrialist. So they play, carefree. That is, until a carriage pulls up beside them.
They are attacked. Isabella is taken. Jacob is left lying on the ground.
* London 1878. Gladstone’s Factory Act has been passed. Children are to be taken from the factories. Industry men are faced with having to pay more to adult workers. The children that were once in the factories are now being snatched from the streets. This has a left a city in distress, with little faith in the police force.
* Jacob is now a bobby, sent to witness the execution of a young thief. This leads him to an unexpected discovery – a portrait of his missing sister Isabella. He embarks on a new investigation to find her, only to discover a conspiracy that began twenty-two years previously, when two children were playing hide-and-seek on the cobbled streets.
Hope you enjoy this sample scene, with a bonus video that QuothMe shot for actress (and my very close friend) Carla Bryson.
Remember this scene is subject to copyright!