Blind-Sighted

A failed athlete loses her sight after an operation. In a desperate attempt to get her life back on track, she teams up and falls in love with a disfigured guide runner who helps her try to qualify for the national blind running team.  

 

Short Synopsis:

References: The Wrestler, Bend It Like Beckham, Fast Girls, Love Actually, About A Boy (all films).

 

Like her deceased father, Del (Delianah, 26, black) is a failed athlete. After a car crash her father caused (by accident), her career never got back on track and she never fulfilled her early promise.

She suffers a brain haemorrhage and falls into the lake in the park where she runs. She’s rescued by Jimmy, a seemingly homeless man who always watches her run. Rushed to hospital she undergoes emergency surgery to remove a tumour and is left completely blind.

Totally devastated, she struggles to come to terms with disability. Frustrated, bored and largely ignored by her boyfriend, Darryl, she decides to start running again.

Then she meets Lee (30, white) who is horribly disfigured after an acid attack a few years before.

Lee works in the park with his boss Phil and with Jimmy’s help, he trains hard to be able to keep up with Del and eventually they team up to start running together. He doesn’t tell Del about his disfigurement because it gives him huge self-confidence issues and ironically, by being blind, she’s the only person that really sees the person inside.

As they get better and start to know each other, they start to develop feeling toward each other. They have two races to get the required qualifying time to represent their national team, but will their feelings for each other get in the way.

Shortly before the first race, Lee is beaten up by Neil, the man who threw acid in his face. Unable to run properly, he fails to help Del around the course, causing them to argue and part ways.

When Del finds out what happened to him, she rushes to see him and they kiss. Confused, she leaves him and heads over to her boyfriend’s house to confess. When she gets there, she realises he is having an affair.

Relieved, rather than upset, she heads to find Lee. They make up and admit their feelings. And they need to prepare for one more shot at the qualifying time.

They get to the final race and get the time they need. But when they get home, tragic news awaits them.

An emotional and inspirational dramatic love story that shows how people can beat the odds and rise above their personal challenges. Has been favourably compared to ‘Love Actually’ and ‘About A Boy’.

Awards:

Winner – Best Screenplay                          –                 Wigan & Leigh International Film Festival, 2019

Winner – Best Screenplay                          –                 Birmingham International Film Festival, 2017

Winner – Best Writer                                  –                 Santorini Film Festival 2018

Winner – Best Writer                                  –                 Santorini Film Festival 2018

Platinum Award – Best Screenplay         –                 Pinnacle Film Awards 2018

Award of Merit, Best Screenplay             –                 Headline International Film Festival 2018

Bronze Award, Best Screenplay               –                 North American Film Awards 2018

Finalist – Best Screenplay                           –                 Feel The Reel International Film Festival, 2018

Finalist – Best Screenplay                          –                 Twin Tiers International Film Festival 2018

Finalist – Best Screenplay                          –                 Olympus Film Festival 2018

Finalist – Best Screenplay                          –                 Bucharest Shortcut Film Fest, 2018

Finalist – Best Screenplay                          –                 Indie Visions Film Festival 2018

Semi-Finalist – Best Screenplay               –                 Los Angeles Cinefest,2018

*Plus many other finalist and semi-finalist awards

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