A film by
NATASCHA M c ELHONE
and JEREMY NORTHAM
with MICHAEL IRONSIDE
R/T: 101 mins / Cert: 15 / Release date: October 14 2005 tbc
EDINBURGH FILM FESTIVAL 2005
bEST dIRECTOR & BEST ACTOR TAORMINA FILM FESTIVAL 2005
based on the novel "No One Thinks Of Greenland " by John Griesemer
1979: Qangattarsa, Greenland - US Military Base. Rudy Spruance is lost. He has been left in the middle of nowhere in the frozen wastes of the arctic. No one comes except a huge swarm of mosquitoes. As he awakens later in an Army hospital that doesn't officially exist, Rudy understands what it is to be on the sharp end of a 'small clerical error'. "You'll want to scratch," a nurse tells him helpfully when he comes round.
"Don't." advises the orderly.
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Rudy enlisted in order to escape a little prison time for burglary. His fellow soldiers are a rag-tag bunch of misfits. There's Lavone, a wannabe beat-poet, the sadistic Sergeant Genteen, and Petri, the base dealer who thinks sci-fi movies are the pinnacle of art. And there's the base's commanding officer, Colonel Woolwrap, who sees in Rudy a younger version of himself. Only problem is, Rudy isn't too comfortable under his, or anyone's, tutelage. But then Rudy meets Sergeant Irene Teale - beautiful, intelligent and most importantly, sane. Unfortunately, she's the Colonel's girlfriend.
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As Rudy pursues Irene, he uncovers the secret of The Wing: a hospice for American casualties from a reckless mission in the Vietnam war. Woolwrap has been sitting in Qangattarssa waiting for the last of the men to pass away. Meanwhile, the 'patients' remain unconscious, vegetative, erased as the men they once were.
Excerpt from Guy X