Two Dennis Potter television screenplays. In Karaoke, a dying writer more than half-imagines that something he has written has escaped into the world outside.
Cold Lazarus is set 400 years in the future, where a cryogenically preserved head is being commercially exploited.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 288 pages
- Publisher: Faber & Faber
- Publication Date: 15/04/1996
- Category: Film scripts & screenplays
- ISBN: 9780571174782
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Review by Sylak
Playwrite Daniel Feeld is being tormented by his own creations. His latest television play 'Karaoke' (centreing around the sleazy triangle between a young couple and the corrupt manager of the karaoke bar where the young woman works) is beginning to creep its way into the fabric of his own reality. What starts of as a series of strange coincidences, rapidly spiral out of control as Daniel begins to actually meet his own fictional characters in the real world. Or, is he just dreaming them? Slowly the line between reality and fiction gradually merge into one nightmare world.Then, Daniel's is thrown back to Earth with the hard hitting news that he is dying and has only weeks to live.On impulse he decides to change his will, leaving his body to an experimental cryogenics laboratory.He then rushes to set his affairs in order before the end; which includes leaving much of his estate to the young woman who he associates with the character from his story.In a final act, <spoiler>Daniel murders the only person who stands in the way of her leading a full and happy life - the club owner 'Pig' Mailion.</spoiler>Thus ends Karaoke...Cold Lazarus follows Daniel's continued conscious existence after his natural death.REALITY OR NOTHING!