DAVY'S UTOPIA

The story of a cynical Scot who disappeared into the wild, and his decision to reconcile with his past; in what might be his final days.

Synopsis

We hear pots rattling. A stove igniting. The cry of an eagle overhead. A foggy vista envelopes a snow covered tent, and the loch beforeus stretches so far into the distance it fuses with the night sky. We’re surrounded by a ring of great rocky behemoths as a man in his sixties rises up to survey his camp. The beam of his headlamp illuminates a cone of flickering snowflakes that twist and twirl in a spectacular display. Before long he surrenders to the night. 

This is an intimate, character driven story about a cynical Scottish man who ditched everything he once knew to live out his days in the wild. Falling somewhere between Werner Herzog’s, Grizzly Man (2005) and Richard Louis Proenneke’s, Alone in the Wilderness (2004). This emotional, 15 minute-documentary, promises to take the audience on an eye-opening journey, ignited by a theme of reconciliation. Thirteen years ago, David Priddy was diagnosed with the heart condition called dilated cardiomyopathy which resulted in him needing a heart transplant. What he did next surprised everyone he knew: He sold his home, packed a ruck-sack and disappeared without a trace. And nobody ever saw or heard from him again. Fast forward to the present day, and Davy is alive and living in his two-berth tent, pitched on the South shore of a remote highland loch known locally as ‘The Loch of Death’. A place he endearingly calls his ‘Utopia’. 

The film’s narrative unfolds through a single storyline. With his health at an all time low, Davy has started to reach out and reconnect with those he once knew. As he goes on this journey to reconcile with his past, the audience will be torn between the admirable image he wants to be portrayed as, and the reality of his selfish, almost antagonistic character traits. By doing so, we understand what drives him and in the process, we observe him becoming increasingly aware of his flaws. The theme of his journey moving towards reconciliation, and hopefully finding a sense of resolve, will ultimately be the driving force that propels the audience through to the end.

IN LATE DEVELOPMENT 

This documentary proposal is currently participating in the 20/21  'Bridging the Gap' development program run by The Scottish Documentary Institute.

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