SCREENPLAYS

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Here is a list of completed feature film screenplays I've written or helped write, and a few of the projects I am currently working on. Please don't hesitate to contact me with genuine inquiries about any of these.

  • Written by Nick Pollack & Ryan Hayward

    Musical Romance

    SHORTLISTED:

    2018 WARNER BROS / VEERHUIS PICTURES / THE BLACKLIST'S AUSTRALIAN SCREENWRITING OPPORTUNITY

     

    SYNOPSIS:

    The paths of a vivacious touring English musician and a despondent Australian travel writer cross at Sydney airport one summer's morning. When ejected from his flight, he is forced to take a job showing her around the city he’s grown to hate, in order to pay for a new flight the next day. Over the course of their day together, they fall for each other’s unique charms and he in turn finds hope in himself and in the city that he once loved.

     

    REVIEW:

    "This is a great example of a romance that blends genuine characterizations and dialogue with crowd-pleasing moments that feel earned. The use of pop culture landmarks (The Beatles, Salinger, etc) and Sydney landmarks lends a delightful sense of specificity to the proceedings, and Grant is depressive and angry while still being engaging and fun to watch. Overall, the biggest success of this screenplay is how badly the audience wants to see Nina and Grant end up together..."

    ANY GIRL WHO LOVES THE BEATLES IS BOUND TO BREAK YOUR HEART
  • Written by Nick Pollack

    Family Adventure

    SYNOPSIS:

    When a baby kangaroo gets accidentally swept up in a jewelry heist, she becomes separated from her mother for the first time in her young life. Alone and frightened, a worldly teenage girl Ella, who also knows the pain of losing her mother, discovers her and nurses the joey back to health. However, when Joey is falsely implicated in the robbery, Ella has to work quickly to reunite her with her mother before she’s either captured by the bumbling jewel thieves or taken into custody by a determined detective hot on their trail.

    IN PRODUCTION: JUNE 2020

    Ace Entertainment Films

    IMDB

    JOEY & ELLA: A KANGAROO TAIL
  • Written by Nick Pollack
    Crime comedy

    LOGLINE:

    Australia is a nation of gamblers, with betting agencies controlling and ruining sports for many. But a rag-tag group of gambling addicts is about to even the odds by teaching a corrupt betting company a lesson by pulling off a heist during the three minutes every eye in Australia is distracted - the running of the Melbourne Cup.

     

    A caper in the vein of OCEAN'S ELEVEN, THE STING & THE BIG STEAL.

    REVIEW:

    "Written with an evocative comic book economy, THE RACE THAT STOPS A NATION presents an overly large constellation of well-constructed characters, each drawn with layered emotional complexity, motivated desires, and elaborate arcs that elevates the conflict and deepens our connection to their circumstances... Most impressively, the irony of a fellowship of Gamblers Anonymous forced to make a huge personal and financial “bet” to reform the gaming industry is brilliant... THE RACE THAT STOPS A NATION showcases the fresh voice of a fearless storyteller."

    THE RACE THAT STOPS A NATION
  • Written by Cameron Pascoe & Nick Pollack
    Thriller / Horror

    LOGLINE:

    Twenty-five years ago, they tortured him to the brink of death for a crime he never committed. But tonight, on the anniversary of the crime, The Shearer returns for revenge.

    REVIEW:

    "Click Go the Shears is a horror/gore flick that does not hold back once blood and guts start flying... There’s something to be said for a script that somehow finds a balance where a family getting violently torn limb from limb doesn’t automatically result in hopes of escape. That’s impressive considering how gruesome everything was."

    CLICK GO THE SHEARS
  • Written by Nick Pollack
    Horror / Monster Film

    LOGLINE:

    When two diametric opposites - one a werewolf, the other a vampire - become shackled together for twenty-four hours, they discover their greatest fear may not be the horror that awaits them in the outside world, but the realization of just how similar they truly are.

    A twisted fairytale for the post-COVID era.

    REVIEW:

    "Crawl Away to Die delivers a fast-paced horror film in a secluded area where vampires, werewolves, and other mysterious, violent creatures seem to be commonplace. The vivid descriptions bring the monsters and the violence they enact on one another (or human hunters) popping off the page. There are wrinkles to iron out, but the script has an excellent base to work off of in the future."

    CRAWL AWAY TO DIE
  • Written by Nick Pollack
    Romantic Thriller

    LOGLINE:

    Being dragged to a rom-com is a form of torture for most guys but when charming rogue Guy crosses paths with sociopathic cinephile Carly on a train in Germany, the torture is very real as she chases him across Europe and drags him through scenes of well known romance films.

     

     

    REVIEW:

    "This is a clever, inventive script that spends its first half being an enjoyable “Before Sunrise” imitation, and then wickedly turns the genre on its head and morphs into a “Fatal Attraction”- type thriller while still somehow managing to retain the charm and whimsy of the first half. It boasts a very likable, resourceful protagonist and a terrific villain who is a fascinating mix of the diabolical and the endearingly vulnerable. Script is refreshingly willing to revel in its movie-geek creds, from its brazen title to its cheerful, direct references to “La Dolce Vita” and “Roman Holiday”; this is a script by a movie-lover, for movie lovers."

     

    (Previously titled 'Thanks A Bunch, Linklater!')

    PACK ONLY WHAT YOU NEED
  • Written by Michael O'Hare Wallace

    Directed by Nick Pollack
    Crime / Action

    LOGLINE:

    Double-crossed by the people he trusts most, a smooth-talking Vegas casino boss plays the long-con to extract his revenge.

    In Development

    LUCKY SEVENS
  • Written by Diane Drake & Nick Pollack
    Story by Diane Drake
    Family Adventure

    LOGLINE:

    The untold, REALLY true story of how notorious cat burglar and con man Nicklaus Kringle turned his life around and became the much beloved Santa Claus.

     

     

    REVIEW:

    "This is a wonderful Christmas comedy movie that creates an entire history for the creation of Santa and how he came to be. It's funny through and through and features a fantastic duo of Nick and Syd that the audience is able to connect with in every way. The script is sure to catch the attention of industry readers looking for a fresh new take on the genre and the easter eggs will keep readers wanting to go on and see how else the writer has masterfully created the world to back up the infamous tale of Santa Claus"

     

    FINALIST : Gateway LA Script Comp 2015

    A.K.A. NICK CLAUS
  • Written by Cameron Pascoe, Story by Cameron Pascoe & Nick Pollack
    Horror / Thriller

    SYNOPSIS:

    Twenty-year-old Ellie Johnson dreams of escaping her life in regional NSW. One night, a handsome traveller, Johann, and his brother Wolfe, pass through the town en route to Northern Queensland. Seeing this as an opportunity to escape, Ellie runs away with them to an idyllic property owned by celebrated local painter, Cheryl Cover. After some backpacking fun in this tropical utopia, things slowly begin to unravel. Johann & Wolfe don’t appear to be the fun-loving Europeans they initially portrayed. Ellie attempts to contact her father keep being met with seemingly innocent obstacles.

     

    When Ellie wakes up in a darkened room under the house, her suspicions are confirmed - Cheryl is a sadistic murderer who uses the brothers to lure backpackers to her commune to extract misplaced vengeance upon them for the carefree life she was never afforded. The portraits she hangs around the house have been painted in the blood of her victims, crafted from brushes handmade from their bones and hair. With the sheriff racing against time to get to the commune and rescue her, Ellie must find the strength to fight back against her captors and escape.

     

     

    REVIEW:

    "RED RIGHT HAND recontextualizes the bucolic wanderlust of modern travel—an experience increasingly idealized by every millennial with an iPhone—into a grisly and disturbing nightmare. Like MIDSOMMAR or THE SHALLOWS before it, this script revolves around one woman's vacation gone horribly awry, and it leverages the tension between surface beauty—the sunshine and palm trees of Northern Australia, the picture-perfect lifestyle on CHERYL's farm—and hidden terrors—Cheryl's murderous designs on visitors to her farm—to gradually build a sense of unease over the course of the story..."

    RED RIGHT HAND
  • Written by Nick Pollack
    Thriller

    LOGLINE:

    When his wife is murdered, Quinn must work with his delinquent brother Sebastien to prove his innocence whilst trying to outwit the loan sharks chasing them to collect Sebastien's gambling debts. A series of dominoes fall as they attempt to solve one problem but end up creating two more in its place.

     

    Murder mystery in the vein of 'FARGO'

    BALLOON ANIMALS
  • Written by Nick Pollack

    Story by Sebastien Semon and Jerome Reygner-Kalfon-Ohanessian

    Family Adventure

    SYNOPSIS:

    When a mysterious letter appears on the day they are being evicted, Elizabeth and her father can’t believe their luck to discover they've inherited Echoville Manor, a sprawling, thirty-seven room estate. Upon arriving, Elizabeth finds that the mansion is inhabited by the world’s cutest spirit, Ghoster, who has been trapped within a mirrored prison there for fifty years. Together, they must uncover the secrets to Echoville to free Ghoster before the nefarious Yuto captures her soul as well in his quest for immortality.

    GHOSTER
  • Written by Nick Pollack
    Romantic Drama

    SYNOPSIS:

    Nelly Ellis (60) lives a content, if extremely ordinary life, in rural Australia. When English singer Tim Chaucher (65) announces his first tour of Australia in fifteen years, dormant feelings Nelly held for the lover she left under mysterious circumstances get stirred up. Risking her marriage, Nelly impulsively decides to fly to Sydney to orchestrate an ‘accidental meet-cute’ with him. When they discover that the feelings they had for each other all those years ago are still very strong, they spend a romantic weekend in Sydney, against the backdrop of the Vivid Festival, reconnecting through a love of music and shared memories. But as the weekend draws to a close, Nelly must decide whether to reveal the truth behind why she left him just as his career was taking off thirty years ago, and risk losing him again, forever.

    A companion film to 'Any Girl Who Loves The Beatles...'

    REVIEW:

    "It’s a little bit of “Before Sunset”, a little “Once”, a little “Le Weekend”, a little “Notting Hill”, a little “Music and Lyrics”, and many others, and yet, still its own thing, a poignant and funny “weekend affair” flick that will hopefully find the right leads to carry it off. Another solid piece of work by this writer, who has the invaluable skill of making chemistry between his leads practically leap off the page. An uncommonly wise and wistful script..."

    THE PART OF YOU I LOOK
    FOR IN EVERYONE I MEET
  • Written by Nick Pollack
    Family Adventure

    LOGLINE:

    Adventure comedy about an imaginary boy with the untapped powers of the twelve animals on the Chinese zodiac and his quest to save his world by uniting with his creator, Jade, an 11 year old Sydney schoolgirl.

     

    Based upon the middle grade book series of the same name.

    Available through Amazon.

    ZODEE ACK,
    MY IMAGINARY FOE
  • Written by Nick Pollack
    Drama / Black Comedy

    SYNOPSIS:

    As self-destructive gambler MJ hurtles towards rock bottom, she receives a mysterious email from a man known only as ‘H’ requesting an arrangement of financial domination, a humiliation fetish where she takes full control of his finances. The opportunity seems heaven-sent, saving her from spiraling debt while funding ongoing vices. But as she begins to claw back her life, his begins to unravel and he draws her closer in an effort to conceal both his proclivities from the world and prevent her discovering that he’s actually her boss.

     

    A 30-minute pilot episode.

    ODDS
    TV PILOT
  • Written by Nick Pollack
    Family Adventure

    LOGLINE:

    A curious girl discovers a magical world where all her heart's desires come true. Only problem is, everything happens in reverse.

    WORK IN PROGRESS

    BOPPINGTON
  • Written by Nick Pollack
    Family Comedy

    It's tough being a kid - you can never do what you want, no one listens to you and you're always at the whim of your parent's demands. But when three kids discover an antique yellow raincoat in their grandmother's attic that transform whoever puts it on into a magician called Augustus Semprini, they get to live out their heart's desires.

    Based upon the middle grade book of the same name.

    Available through Amazon.

    THE MAGICIANS RAINCOAT
  • Written by Nick Pollack
    Horror / Comedy

    LOGLINE:

    After failing to achieve success while alive, a musician returns from the grave to revel in the post-humous celebration of his music. However, he's soon torn between the desire for fame & fortune and his newly acquired lust for brains.

    REVIEW:

    "Breezy, offbeat horror satire of the music world is a new twist on the zombie genre, showing influence by everything from “Warm Bodies”, “Return of the Living Dead”, and “Shaun of the Dead”. Light-hearted, cheerfully gory, and frequently clever concoction."

    WORSE OFF DEAD
  • Written by Nick Pollack
    Story by Nick Pollack & Andy Abraham
    Horror / Black Comedy

    LOGLINE:

    When a gifted yet deranged surgeon kidnaps a group of friends celebrating a buck's party at the mysterious Fur Fur Club, the bride-to-be and the best man race against time to piece together the clues of their whereabouts before the Doctor can realize his plan of creating surgically-enhanced deer-men.

     

    REVIEW:

    "A wild, highly original script that throws horror films as divergent as HOSTEL, RE- ANIMATOR, and BAD TASTE in a blender, BUCK’S NIGHT bubbles over with rich, innovative sequences that pop off the page. Enough cannot be said about the sheer audacity of some of the horror sequences – they manage to create a sense of horrified squeamishness even as the reader laughs out loud..."

    BUCK'S NIGHT
  • Written by Nick Pollack
    Comedy

    LOGLINE:

    When the two most antagonistic brothers in the world - who lead the biggest rock band on the planet - fall in love with the same girl, all bets are off.

    WORK IN PROGRESS

    BROTHERLY HATE
  • Written by Nick Pollack
    Drama

    LOGLINE:

    A drama set around the biggest human-trafficking event in the USA - The Super Bowl.

    WORK IN PROGRESS

    WHAT EVIL LIES IN THE HEARTS OF MEN

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