Friday, October 09, 2015

Script review - "Unfinished Business" by Bob Ellis (1985) (warning: spoilers)

This film remains bewilderingly hard to find - not even Ellis, a notorious self promoter, pushes its case that often these days. I haven't seen it but the superb Oz Movies website has put up a transcript of the film so you can enjoy the screenplay and it's highly enjoyable. I think writing it under a pressing deadline was good for Ellis, and he has a decent idea - two former lovers run into each other and have sex, then she asks if he will impregnate her, her current partner being sterile.

It's full of warmth, sex, and Ellis humour - if you're not a fan you won't like it, but I am and I loved it. It's not super heavy on story, and does feel as though it lacks a third act - act one they meet and she makes the offer, act two they go away together and have frequent sex.... and that's pretty much it. I guess act three is seeing that it's been successful. Maybe the husband needed to turn up or something. But I still feel it's one of the best things he's ever done.


Ryan W. Featherston said...

Can you please post a VHS rip of this movie somewhere?

Bob Aldrich said...

Would have no idea how to do such a thing, sorry, have been trying to find it myself! Oz Movies recommends ioffer as a possible place to source these films.