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    Format - Feature Film

    Producers - Alison Reddihough & Simon Corris

    Director - Simon Corris

    Story By - Alison Reddihough & Simon Corris

    Writer - Alison Reddihough

The Story

Milton Morris, an obsessive-compulsive, with the answer to the world’s biggest problem in his garden pond.

BRITAIN IS IN TURMOIL. PEAK OIL HAS BEEN REACHED. THE MAXIMUM RATE OF OIL EXTRACTION HAS BEEN SURPASSED. SUPPLIES ARE NOW IN A PERMANENT STATE OF DECLINE. FUELLED BY MEDIA PANIC, PETROL PRICES ARE SET TO SOAR.

But one man has the solution to this… in his garden pond.

MILTON MORRIS, age 42, is an obsessive compulsive, forgotten by the world but with a world saving secret in his garage. His life has been tragically torn apart by the relentless 6 lane motorway that runs right past his idyllic Whisper Cottage. Every morning he has to count the traffic from his bedroom window, or ‘They’ll come’. And apart from a daily delivery from MERRY MEDWIN, the homely postmistress, he doesn’t see another living soul. The gorgeous, bikini clad SONYA and kind but firm GRANDFATHER WALTER keep him company, although neither are, strictly speaking, living souls. But imaginary friends are better than none and they and his counting have kept him going.

HAULIERS ARE UP IN ARMS AT ESCALATING FUEL PRICES. BLOCKADES SET UP ON MOTORWAYS. BRITAIN COMES TO A STANDSTILL.

The traffic stops. The motorway is deserted. Silence.

Milton has nothing to count. ‘They’re coming’. Terrified, he cannot function until Merry comes to the rescue. Her gentle encouragement helps to unlock his OCD prison. In return she gets an intriguing new friend - innocent, open Milton - a model of self-sufficiency, in a society that is descending into self-induced chaos.

THE COUNTRY IS IN CRISIS. HAULIERS DIG THEIR HEELS IN, THERE’S NO PETROL TO BE FOUND ANYWHERE. SUPERMARKET SHELVES ARE EMPTY, WHILST FOOD ROTS AT DISTRIBUTION CENTRES. RIOTING BREAKS OUT. THE GOVERNMENT URGES CALM AND CONVENES COBRA.

In the local village of Whittering-upon-Wharton, the villagers strive to keep their heads above water. Whittering, a once thriving community, has had its heart ripped out by the motorway and retail parks. The villagers are suspicious of Merry’s new friend. And yet when Merry discovers the secret in his garage, they realise he may be their salvation. For Milton is fuel self-sufficient too. A resilient, new species of algae harvested from his own ponds and turned into biodiesel in his garage, has sustained him for years.

THE PANIC IS OVER. HAULIERS LIFT THE BLOCKADE. PETROL RETURNS TO THE PUMPS. LESSONS MUST BE LEARNED.

Merry and the villagers are now fired up to become the first algae biodiesel self-sufficient community in the country. Whittering has a soul again and the community is flourishing.

But can Milton overcome his terror of the outside world? His only sanctuary, Whisper Cottage, is now to be destroyed by motorway widening; he stopped counting and ‘they came’. This time, it is too much to ask of him but his legacy – his miraculous ‘green gold’ – will live on…

… and it might just save the world.

OCD

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Obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD) is a mental disorder characterized by intrusive thoughts that produce anxiety, by repetitive behaviors aimed at reducing anxiety, or by a combination of such thoughts (obsessions) and behaviors (compulsions).

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