Lighthouses - The Pitch Archive

Created by Jonathan Larkin, The Pitch 2019

Description

Everyone needs a lighthouse. Kyle, 18, thought his lighthouse was made of bricks and mortar - one he visited as a child with his mum. But now she's died, he's alone and has been drawn into a scrambler bike gang who target asylum seekers with violence and bullying. One night Kyle accepts a dare to break into the asylum seekers' hostel, and clashes with Syrian lad Adi, 18. Adi fled home with the love of his life, Sami, escaping homophobia, bigotry and hatred, but Sami was lost overboard on the perilous journey to 'freedom'. The lads clash and Kyle steals Adi's phone. But when he sees what's on the phone - Adi's memories of a love lost - his conscience is pricked. He's faced with a dilemma - leave the injured traveller to suffer or be the good Samaritan and return the phone? He makes the right choice but the language barrier and Adi's fear lead to fighting, and the scrambler gang threaten Adi's life. Kyle rescues Adi and takes him to safety - the lighthouse from his childhood. Here the two strangers confront their grief, finding a lighthouse in each other to save them from the crashing waves.

Biblical Connection

The story of the Good Samaritan. (Luke Chapter 10;25-37) - But he wanted to vindicate himself, so he said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbour?” Jesus replied, “A man was on his way from Jerusalem down to Jericho when he fell in with robbers, who stripped him, beat him. And went off leaving him half dead. It so happened that a priest was going down by the same road; but when he saw him went past on the other side. But a Samaritan who was making the journey came upon him, and when he saw him was moved to pity. He went up and bandaged his wounds, bathing them with oil and wine. Then he lifted him on to his own beast, brought him to an inn, and looked after him there." “And who is my neighbour?" Kyle learns his true neighbour is a stranger from a foreign land. Within every Samaritan is an injured traveller and vice versa - the lads come together in broken Brexit Britain but then escape to the sweeping vista of the beach, the lighthouse and the sea - facing their grief together to finally find healing and acceptance.