THRILLER Best Scene Screenplay – BACK FROM THE DEAD, by Jonah Jones


Genre: Thriller, Horror

A man walks through the fire.


Colonel: Neil Bennett
Narrator: Peter Nelson
Witch: Emily Weir
Desborough: Regan Brown

Get to know the writer:

 What is your screenplay about?

A 300-year-old curse laid upon one family by another which could be resolved at any time but not during the time-space of this film.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Fantasy, thriller and horror. By modern standards the horror element would be considered very mild.

3. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

It is based on a concept which I can’t recall seeing in a movie before; the Schrodinger’s Cat thought experiment, whereby a character in the story is both alive and dead, depending upon who is trying to find him.

4. How would you describe this script in two words?

Vengeance loop.

5. What movie have you seen the most times in your life?

It varies in my recollection between Ben Hur (the Charlton Heston one) and North by North-west. Recently I’ve been interested in films that hide the fact that the British had broken the enigma code, so I’ve watched Malta Story and Sink the Bismark a couple of times. I’d love to know if the scriptwriters were aware of the breaking of the code or not. In Sink the Bismark, Kenneth Moore’s character out-thinks the German Admiral, whereas in fact, the British had listened in on the German radio-traffic.

6. How long have you been working on this screenplay?

It was an off-and-on project mixed up with others. Probably six months.

7. How many stories have you written?

I really can’t recall. I write short films and short stories as well as feature-length scripts. Currently I have four short stories and three film scripts on the go. I started writing a long time ago – don’t ask – and I’ve tried to stick with the regime of writing at least one idea down every day. Some of those ideas turn into stories. On a quick scan of my computer files – 60 short stories, 10 short plays, 5 short films, 6 feature films, 12 full-length plays, 6 radio plays, 5 novels – though I’ve been told to stop doing that. Writing novels, that is.

8. What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the
most times in your life?)

I work with music playing in the background, so I listen to songs all the time. Some songs stick – Strawberry Fields by the Beatles, My Friend the Sun by Family. Often a piece of driving guitar will do it for me, rather than the song itself.

9. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Trying to avoid the clichés that creep in when you’re writing this kind of plot. I watched a fair few Hammer Horror films from the Sixties and Seventies to make sure I wasn’t re-telling an old story. There’s an element of homage to those films in the screenplay but hopefully I’ve come up with something new.

10. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Music – I play guitar. Art – I’m a cartoonist. Wild-life – I’m a recorder for my part of Wales (UK). I’ve recently started directing (three short films) and so far, I’m loving it.

11. You entered your screenplay via FilmFreeway. What has been your
experiences working with the submission platform site?

They are friendly. efficient and take a lot of tedious repetition out of my hands. I’m currently hawking one of our films “The Caterer’s Reckoning” (which I wrote and directed) around the film festivals. I use FilmFreeway to do that too.

12. What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings
on the initial feedback you received?

Seeing your words spoken by actors changes your understanding of what you’ve written, so I’ll use any chance I can get. This won’t be the first time I’ve put my work forward to WildSound and it won’t be the last. The atmosphere and attitude of the team there has always made me feel I’m amongst like minds. That’s not something I’ve experienced in some other situations.


Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

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