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IndustryCentral ScreenWriters Exchange: Drama: BOUDICCA – THE BIRTH OF A NATION
Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By Ronald James Aberdeen (Ron) on Monday, July 4, 2005 - 02:00 am:

A woman’s wrath causes the death of one hundred and thirty thousand, the destruction of three cities and the humiliation of an Empire and in doing so, creates a Nation.

One woman brings fear and mayhem to the Roman invaders of her country, in a crusade of passion, outrage and revenge. In the process she unifies a nation and gives it the power to topple the invincible Empire.

Just a few days after the death of her husband, Queen Boudicca is flogged and her daughters raped on the whim of a Roman Administrator.

His callous actions generate a wealth of unpredicted sympathy, uniting many tribes of Britannia under one banner for the first time in the country’s history, with Boudicca as their leader.

Her revenge is swift, brutal and devastating; obliterating the Ninth Legion and three Roman towns. In London over seventy thousand citizens are slaughtered in a day.

This fact is all the more impressive as Boudicca is slowly dying of blood poisoning during her campaign.

Finally, with a force of over two hundred thousand men and women she confronts General Suetonius Paulinus, the Governor of Britannia, who has marshalled eleven thousand men to face her.

His superior military expertise and trained, organised army are victorious in the largest battle ever fought on British soil; resulting in Boudicca’s death, but not the destruction her legacy, the birth of a Nation.

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