Love Lies a Bleeding
The original screenplay by Rosita Clarke
A Hanging and 35 years later the sexually charged lives of Thomas. Martha and Tess, Touch, Merge and Collide in a condemning indictment of Victorian Hypocrisy and Injustice.
‘As the black flag flies signaling the public execution of Martha Brown
outside Dorchester Prison, the 16 year old Thomas Hardy witnesses the
hanging and so it becomes a lifelong haunting. Thirty five years later
at a time when Hardy is struggling with a failing marriage
to Emma, that sexually charged moment which was so deeply impressed in his psyche, re-emerges in the writing of his controversial novel Tess of the d’
Urbervilles and he loses his heart to his own fictional character.
Hardy’s mindset towards the natural order of things in this troubled
period, 1889-1892 , his excitation and sympathy with the murderess
Martha Brown the last woman to be publicly hanged in Dorset in 1856,
his relationship with his wife Emma, his infatuation with other women
and his love affair with his own fictional heroine is explored and the
film becomes a condemning indictment of the injustice, intolerance and
hypocrisy towards Victorian women. Lives and hearts are inextricably
interwoven and Hardy has to stand up bravely to his critics when Tess
is published. Hardy becomes wealthy and famous, but his public persona
is at odds with the private one, he cannot be the same again, and all
his bleakness and pessimism towards life increases further as he begins
his last published novel Jude the Obscure
Hardy will always be in great demand and
this screenplay which runs
approximately two hours has the scope to be a feature or it could be screened in parts or episodes.
It also has the potential to be continued...........