The script for my feature film, Dudus (working title). I'm pretty sure this title will change as the script develops because the film is not about Dudus at all.
This is the story of a young Jamaican couple, Michelle and Gong, struggling to make their relationship work amidst the sensational extradition battle for Jamaica's best known drug don, Dudus. Michelle is a Jamaican-American and Gong is a Jamaican Rastafarian. The two met when Gong (a local police commissioner) attended the University of Miami for a conference on fighting crime arranged by the JDF and US Homeland Security. They fall in love and Michelle moves to Jamaica. She finds work as a General Manager at a boutique hotel in Negril where she and Gong lives with her (maybe his) mother and their baby daughter. They're engaged to be married, but so far no wedding date has been set.
They're faced with both internal and external conflict that strain their relationship: money problems, Gong's inertia, Gong's relationship with his 9 year old son (and the boy's Ghetto fab mother Bey'utey), a millionaire American hotel developer who tries to seduce Michelle and finally the ensuing war that erupted when Dudus is arrested.
The film is driven by Gong & Michelle's love story, but is precipitated by the extradition battle for the drug lord and the consequences that follow.
I attempt to explore several themes in this film, the main ones being love, betrayal, lack of opportunity and corruption. A police force hamstrung by incompetence and a lack of vital crime fighting resources will also be revealed.I've figured out the story arc and most of the scenes. Now its time to get it out of my head and onto paper! The most difficult part! Sigh ...