The Quisling

a screenplay by Lynn H. Elliott

 

When a suspected Irish terrorist is arrested at the airport, his deportation defense is led by a young, inexperienced attorney.

Gradually he unravels a series of twists and turns in the case, which lead back to his own family’s involvement in betrayal.

Quisling is a term originating in Norway, which is used in Scandinavian languages and in English for a person who collaborates with an enemy occupying force – or more generally as a synonym for traitor. The word originates from the surname of the Norwegian war-time leader Vidkun Quisling, who headed a domestic Nazi collaborationist regime during World War II. 

For some, the past does not die quickly or easily.   Whether distant or recent, a familial wrong festers, locked in the craw of subsequent generations.  It begs revenge.  In The Quisling, the spirit of a dead father, betrayed to enemy authorities by a supposed “friend,”  calls out to his offspring from the grave for retribution.  Even though the Quisling flees his native land and creates a new identity, it does not guarantee his safety.  Eventually, he will be found.  But the result might not be straight-forward; it can be gut-wrenching. 

 

 

SEAN
We have laws to protect you from those people.


(Saoirse smiles)


SAOIRSE
Not your game, Sean Conlon.  Different game, different rules.   Your problem is, you don’t know the rules.

 


 

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