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IN OFFICIAL SELECTION ‘MINDEN DAY’ WRITTEN BY JUSTIN MILES - SHORTLISTED FOR THE AFA

BIO

Born in bustling Greenwich, London, Justin Miles is a writer, director and graphic designer currently residing in sleepy Suffolk. Sometimes he misses the bustle, he's not a good shot.

He has contributed short stories and longer fiction to anthologies for nearly twenty years, written feature and short film screenplays, and been responsible for several film festival short film entries.

The is little he enjoys more than spending a Saturday afternoon, nursing a pint of ale, and watching life go by, such as it is - in part the inspiration for his Monaco International Film Festival entry, Minden Day. Well, there are some things he enjoys more, but feels it would be inappropriate to expose them here.

“MINDEN DAY”
WRITTEN BY JUSTIN MILES

Log Line:

Getting steadily drunker as the day goes on, an old retired SOLDIER tells truths about his past, and loses his first love a second time.

Synopsis:

The BRIGADIER, a proud, dapper man in his 80s. Putting on hisd medals and blazer and cap. With him - a young soldier in a 1940s uniform – GEORGE. They kiss, lightly. Gently. George has come back. A day for commemoration and playing the soldier.

But in town, as the Brigadier watches the commemorations for Minden Day in the Market Square, he becomes unsettled. An elderly VETEREN in the parade stares at him unblinking.

The Brigadier takes refuge in the Skinner’s Arms. He almost relaxes. Then he sees the Veteran standing on the other side of the pub. He knocks back his pint and George’s gin and leaves hurriedly. No one has noticed George.

He heads to the next pub, the Saracen’s Head. Here, he’s confronted by a friend, TOM. Tom accuses the Brigadier of letting himself down, drinking heavily, talking to himself. Betraying his dead wife.

His wife’s ashes are in the Gardens. The Brigadier tries to explain to George about his life after the war. After he left George in France. But it’s getting late, and park is closing.

The Brigadier is now in the Cock Inn, heavily drunk and trying to justify himself to an uninterested landlord. But no one is listening, maybe its too late.

Finally he finds himself by the Cenotaph in the Square, with George. He talks about how he had to leave George behind, he could have stayed with him to the end, but he was scared.

The Brigadier falls asleep in George’s arms. By dawn, George has disappeared.

And the Brigadier is still, and cold.