Samson & Goliath

Created by Shabazz Graham, The Pitch 2015

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Samson was the world's very first superman! Someone who defeated armies singlehandedly, yet was himself defeated by his kiss and tell lover, Delilah, who sold the secret of his strength to his bloodthirsty enemies. The question my short story asks is why? "Money cannot buy love" but in Delilah's case can money 'defy' love? "Hell has no fury like a woman scorned!" Delilah's actions appear vengeful. What is causes her to step over the thin line that exists between love and hate? My title 'Samson and Goliath', instead of 'Samson and Delilah' is a double entendre. The first meaning is for Delilah, because she metaphorically becomes the 'giant' that felled and defeated the David like hero Samson. The second meaning is mysteriously for Goliath himself. The world's most famous giant Goliath is connected to the story of Samson in such a dramatic way that the twist promises to leave audiences a-gasp once they discover. My short Samson and Goliath is a small extract from a larger saga which has many dynamic twists and turns. The short film will be used to pitch the saga to Hollywood.

Biblical Connection

Judges 16:13, speaking of Samson, says ".....while he was sleeping, Delilah ...." Again in the key verse in Samson's story, Judges 16:19 says ".....After putting Samson to sleep on her lap, Delilah called for someone to shave off the seven braids of his hair, and so began to subdue him. And his strength left him.” - What does this tell us? It tells us that a lot happened to Samson whilst he was asleep. Creating a story around this was exhilarating to me. Apart from doing a lot of sleeping (and sleeping around) Samson was also prone to talking to much; giving away his secret like a loose cannon. In my short film 'Samson & Goliath' I I ask the question, what would Samson say if he sleep talked? Would he say anything to provoke a very vengeful response from his lover Delilah? Having suffered the trauma of inadvertently causing his wife's murder by his 'tomfoolery' (Judges 14:12-15), Samson is haunted with all he has left of his first love; his memories of her. His sleep is overrun with her face and the memory of the first love they both shared.