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The Happenings of Halliday Grove (Short Film Screenplay)


In the quiet little town of Halliday Grove, cosmic forces play a cruel game of Chance, Coincidence & Fate. Setting off a tragic chain of events for its residents.

Writer Biography - William Oliver Jackson

Graduated with a degree in Screen Arts from Curtin University, William was awarded Best Director for his work on his 3rd year film project "Gone". Since Graduating, William has focused on finding his voice through small independent film productions, from Music Videos to Short Narrative Films & documentaries. It's his goal to achieve the highest standard of sincerity and expression in every project he undertakes, hoping one day to move into

Writer Statement

I'm not a person of faith or religion, nor do I entertain the possibility of vaguely Supernatural beings or places. But when I encounter shear coincidence great enough, or an occurrence of chance so improbable, I can't help but feel that there is something more to the physical world. A great puppeteer behind the curtain, pulling the strings. It's the closest thing to real magic I can feel, and one of my last providers of wonder as of late. Of course in all likelihood, this is just a god of the gaps, and there is no one behind curtain. It was this feeling that initially prompted me to write 'The Happenings of Halliday Grove'. From there, it blossomed into an interwoven anthology-esque story that aimed to play with the traditional ideas of narrative catharsis, whilst still respecting the time & attention of the audience. Yes, the film has an ending. And indeed all elements point to this end. But some audience members might have to interrogate their underlying expectations on how a film should end, and why. In my eye, the narrative isn't sweet, it isn't bitter-sweet, nor is it just straight up bitter. Rather, it just IS... Do with it what you will. To me, what's important are the characters you met along the way, the way they made you feel, and who you are after they are gone.

Our Review

This film consists of four interwoven stories, each with its own unique plot and characters that are masterfully brought together in a seamless and powerful narrative. What makes this story stand out is its vivid portrayal of sheer coincidence. The audience is left amazed by how each story being linked to the other in surprising ways. This script defies genre classification, as it seamlessly blends together multiple shades of emotions. To assign a specific genre to this film would be limiting its scope and influence. Instead, it stands out as a unique and thought-provoking work of art that is sure to leave a lasting impression on anyone who watches it. One of the most impressive aspects of the script is the valuable lessons that are woven into each of the stories. As the audience follows the characters on their journeys, they are exposed to important life lessons that are often relatable and thought-provoking. Despite the tragedy and turmoil that is portrayed throughout the film, there is a beauty to it that captivates the audience. You become entangled in the mess of the stories, but instead of wanting to escape, you are drawn further in. The movie takes hold of your emotions and leaves you feeling both heartbroken and inspired at the same time.


  • Project Type: Screenplay, Short Script

  • Number of Pages: 11

  • Country of Origin: Australia

  • Language: English

  • First-time Screenwriter: Yes

  • Student Project: No

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