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Emergency

Confronted with the dilemma of doing nothing or fight, a dedicated nurse takes unprecedented steps. Synopsis PDF Excerpt

Written by: Patricia Poulos     [Contact Author]
Format: Screenplay
Budget: Mid
Starring Roles For: Nicole Kidman
Meryl Streep
Alec Baldwin
In the Vein Of: inspired by true events

Posted: 08/22/2015
Updated: 06/23/2017
Author Bio: Screenwriter (2013 - present) Five Finalist-nominated Screenplays. Winner (4th) Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards November 2015. Author/Publisher four non-fiction books (1990 - 2009) Publisher/Editor 'Profiler' Magazine series (1999-2007) . Director - Law Firm. Litigation Specialist 2007 - 2013. Mastering all with which she is entrusted: Medicine (first triage), Law (her own legal practice), Manufacturer (largest Stainless Steel manufacturing plant) Engineering (seven-year Government Grant), Twice-nominated (runner-up) Bulletin/Qantas Businesswoman of the Year, Singing (Coloratura trained at the New South Wales Conservatorium of Music in the class of Joan Sutherland). "The most fearless, prophetic champion of our time." (Roger Scott, Finance Editor, The Sun Herald) Born in Sydney Australia, her parents were William (Bill) and Kathleen (Kate) Nicholas. She is the eldest of seven children and which prepared her, in spite of any other achievements, for a life in the protection of her family and those she considered unable (for whatever reason) to fight for themselves. In her early teens, her goal was to serve God. This she believed would be achieved by becoming a Nun. Doing all she could to become worthy of this calling. As she had been given the gift of voice, accepted into the Conservatorium of Music where she studied under Raymond Beatty, coached by the Director Leo Demante. She worked in a legal office. At 20 years of age, she accepted that God did not want her and so opted for marrying John, a tall dark handsome Greek who walked into her life one day and who proposed on the same day. Despite her protestations at this immediate affection, they married six weeks later and had two children. John was a welder who wanted to commence his own business. Her goals now changed she focused on caring for her children and making his desires a reality. She would work at two jobs to pay their bills whilst John tinkered in an industry of which he had little knowledge. Her intentions for him, became her achievements. The doors opened for her to learn all there was to know about stainless steel and the manufacture of stainless steel products. Zeus Industries (“Zeus”) was created. Her night-job was working at St George Hospital where, although initially engaged as the Clerk of Cas (Casualty – A&E), she soon became the face of Casualty and the first Triage assessing all injuries as to their severity. John worked during the day whilst she looked after the children and researched all she required to establish the company. On weekends she worked in the local fish-shop whilst John cared for the children. It is ironic that the equipment used in this shop would provide her with the operational knowledge of the products she would manufacture. She expanded Zeus from the garage of their home to a small rented factory, then four factories and an administration block and the employment of over 130 workers and an empire. She traveled to all states of Australia and to Papua New Guinea, New Caledonia, Hong Kong and Singapore appointing distributors for her products. Zeus Industries became the largest manufacturing company of its kind in Australia and sole exporter. She held a tight reign. Her employees were treated as an extended family and she rewarded them with pay increases far above other in their field causing the Metal Trades Industry Association to reprimand her for “paying your workers too much”. The quality and exports of her company saw many International Awards (Export, Quality, Business Acumen) by the Editorial Ofice (Spain) from 1984 and which continued. In 1984 she visited China and by 1985 had successfully negotiated a multi-billion dollar 15 year contract with the Peoples' Republic of China. In 1985 and 1986 she was nominated for Bulletin/Qantas Business Woman of the Year. However, due to her political stand she was downgraded to ‘runner-up’ (a title to which she would become accustomed). In 1986, prior to actually commencing manufacture in China, she realized that to continue would have a devastating affect; not only on her employees, but on the nation. Her perception was, should these products find their way into Australia it would wipe out manufacturing in the nation, especially the smaller factories which manufactured the Zeus component parts. She abandoned her contract. This outraged politicians who had entered into their own contracts based on hers. In 1983 on becoming aware of government policies adverse to the well-being of the nation, she ran a series of newspaper advertisements against these policies and on 16 August 1986 held a Rally to warn the people of the devastation which will result from: youth at school registering for unemployment benefits which exceeded the scheduled apprenticeship payments; government competing with private enterprise in business; floating the currency; deregulation of the banks; removal of tariff protection. However, attendance was poor. Many questions could be asked - did the nation not believe what she was saying was possible? - was the rally was boycotted? Or perhaps the bomb and death threats were made public. The media almost exceeded the number of attendees. She was beamed across the nation by all television and radio channels. Unknown to her at the time, steps were already in place to fraudulently acquire her assets. Zeus was their target. However, she had a Charge over its Zeus assets and their attempts failed. But the damage was done. She was the first Australian woman to form a political party (Centre Unity Party), and in 1987 stood a number of candidates for the Senate combining 24 independent parties to provide a force. However, sabotage resulted in her abandoning registration of the party. Having received a book challenging peoples’ belief in God describing Him as a Tyrant, in 1990 she wrote her first book "My Reply" in an attempt to dispel these myths. It brought displeasure from some churches. In 1992 she wrote her second book 'The Executioner' which set out the formula which was being implemented to displace Australians from their jobs and homes. Her attempts to save the nation had failed. Not surprisingly this book brought the wrath of politicians who in 1994 orchestrated a car accident. For some years she was unable to walk. Despite this and unsure as to who and how they had collectively achieved their goal of stripping her of her assets, she wrote what she pieced-together in her book, 'Elders' and The Real Story'. This exposé sent corrupt politicians, judges, police and corporate raiders scurrying for cover. Having fraudulently acquired her home and in continuance in her fight to save the nation, she researched, wrote and published the “Profiler” magazine which was initially distributed by Gordon & Gotch and then Kerry Packer’s Network Services Company. But the pressure was on and neither paid for the magazines ‘sold’ with none being returned unsold. Despite this, she complied with their demands for ‘more’. She continued to stand for parliament as the longest standing female ‘independent’. In 2007 she opened her own Law Firm. In 2014 those who had orchestrated the 1994 'accident' were at it again and who continue to monitor her every move. Having done all she could do to prevent the jobless and poverty to which the nation is, and intended to be subjected, she can do nothing to save the nation from the now embedded devastation of jobless, homeless and poverty-stricken created by government policy of 1982 and continuing. She has opted for a life of script-writing, humbly calling herself a ‘screenwriter’.

Contest Results: Wildsound (First Place, Best Drama Logline 2017) [2017]
Cinequest (Quarterfinalist, Doors of Miracles) [2016]
Action On Film (Finalist) [2015]
FilmMakers/Feature (Finalist) [2015]
Los Angeles Independent (Finalist, (Winner 4th) November 2015) [2015]
WSC Feature (Finalist) [2013]
Writers and Filmmakers (Finalist) [2013]
Writers Network Screenplay & Fiction Competition (Finalist) [2013]
Beverly Hills Fest (Finalist) [2013]
WriteMovies (Finalist) [2013]