Maeta's Story (prev. Uncle Frits)

In the Occupied Netherlands, a widow and her 7 year old son go into hiding with the help of her brother, a WW1 veteran who struggles with PTSD.

Inspired by true events, "Maeta's Story" follows an affluent couple Maurits and Maeta Cohen and their son Edmond ("Eddie") living in the Netherlands shortly before the German Occupation in 1940. Maeta's brother Frits and his fiancee Gisele flee Germany to join them following Kristalnacht. In quick succession, Maurits dies and Germany invades the Netherlands.

She (the titular "Maeta") and 7 year-old Eddie, together with Frits and Gisele, face shattering reversals of fortune, loss, prejudice, and betrayal until forced into hiding. Frits and Gisele, recruited into the Dutch Resistance, help the whole family navigate the threats.

The story moves quickly as the family’s lives intersect with those of their protectors and events compel frequent moves to new hiding places. They must adapt quickly to rapid change while enduring withering fear, enforced stillness, and constant isolation.

This is a strong, suspenseful feature script that chronicles a WW1 veteran's struggle with PTSD and, more pervasively, his family's struggle with fear itself. They rally one another and strengthen during the journey.

Script Excerpt
Written by:
Starring Roles For:
Thomas Kretschmann
Renee Zellweger
Emma Thompson
In the Vein Of:
The Pianist
The Island on Bird Street
The Hiding Place
Author Bio:
Screenwriter living in Pt Townsend, WA. Inspired to write "Maeta's Story" based on neighbor's account of life in the Occupied Netherlands.


Contest Results:
Screenplay Festival (Finalist) [2020]
Richmond Fest (Finalist) [2021]
Beverly Hills Screenplay (First Place, Historical Genre Winner) [2017]
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