The Raft

Created by Stephen Gallacher, The Pitch 2015

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The Raft is set in a dystopian future where the world has fallen into decay after the fallout of World War 3. The remaining leaders of the world have allied together in search of a solution, one that may save the human race. This solution is to save one family from each of the surviving countries of the world and to start a new utopia on an island untouched by the war. The selection process is done by way of digital fingerprint allowing the governments to select the best family from each country. Our story follows the journey of the English family (The Ham’s) as they are leaving for the coast to set sail for Utopia. As they travel to the coast they adopt an orphan boy whose parents have been killed in the consistent conflict that still prevails around the country. Unfortunately the boy is not ticketed to journey to Utopia. Patrick Ham takes matters into his own hands and sets sail in a small raft to travel with his whole family to the new world. Will Utopia be worth it, is it the key to saving humanity or are the world leaders trying to cleanse it?

Biblical Connection

"And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man and beast and the creeping things, and the fowls of the air, for it repenteth me that I have made them" – Genesis Chapter 6. The connection to the Bible is through the character of Noah and reaching for Utopia after the world has been stripped of all other creatures. Noah in this particular example is Patrick Ham, who is trying to save his family. The world leaders represent God as he was in the Old Testament trying to rid the world of evil through evil rather than through progress and education. Other families represent other animals that are trying to survive too. The idea of the film is to engage a very old story from the first book of the Bible to reflect what is happening in the world today. Essentially Noah’s Ark was a refuge for very few animals and they were the lucky ones. This reflects very clearly in the world today, who are we to say who lives and dies? This connection is one that I found very strong and very moving in the current climate.