Round 5

Created by Hayley Konadu, The Pitch 2017

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This drama follows the story of Jarrell and Michael, two teenage best friends and aspiring boxers from South London. Elroy who serves as their coach and mentor, has got them under a tight regime in preparation for tri-outs for the London 2012 Olympic games. He constantly drills into the most important trait he looks for in a great boxer is the heart. Unfortunately, Elroy can only choose one person to represent his club at the games. Jarrell, physically self-assured dominates the ring, feinting, dancing about, trash-talking his opponents. He trains very hard and has a determination to win at all cost. However, Michael who is not as skilled as Jarrell equally trains hard and is committed growing in his boxing ability. It is in the ring where we see their rivalry come to a head. Jarrell fights a fight he can’t win; his selfish ambition takes him on a journey down a dark valley. What happens when your righteous acts become like filthy rags? What happens when you allow pride and anger to become the theme tune of your heart? This story is about God’s amazing grace and how it triumphs over the corruption of the human heart.

Biblical Connection

My pitch is inspired by Cain and Abel in Genesis 4: 3-15 Cain presented some of his crops as a gift to the Lord. Abel also brought a gift—the best portions of the firstborn lambs from his flock. The Lord accepted Abel and his gift, but he did not accept Cain and his gift. This made Cain very angry, and he looked dejected. The Lord said to Cain he will be accepted if he does what is right. But if he refuses, sin is crouching at the door, eager to control him. One day Cain suggested to his brother, to go out into the fields. While they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother, Abel, and killed him. The lord asked Cain where able was to which Cain replied ‘Am I my brother’s guardian’. Cain then is banished from the ground and no longer will it yield good crops, and he will be a homeless wanderer among the earth. Reflecting on the severity of his punishment, God puts a mark a on Cain to warn anyone who might try to kill him.