Was Abbie Cornish talking about The Sleeping Deep?

No… it was Zach Snyder’s “Sucker Punch”.

“The film is a dream in a way, “ explains Cornish, which is set in the 1960s. “It operates on three levels. A reality, then a sub-reality where the psych ward world shifts into this strange high-roller’s brothel. Then there’s this dream world where it goes into these crazy action sequences that are totally removed from time and space.”

From the L.A. Times article here.

OK, so The Sleeping Deep doesn’t include scenes in a brothel or a psych ward, but the “THREE LEVELS” of storytelling definitely hint at the many layers of “REALITY” happening in The Sleeping Deep, especially the last part:

“Then there’s this dream world where it goes into these crazy action sequences that are totally removed from time and space.”

Yep. That pretty much sums it up. Here’s Mike Brosnan’s logline for The Sleeping Deep:

A young journalist and a psychiatric nurse are both drawn into the mystery of a drowned woman in the backwoods of Maine. Their journey leads them to a sacred lake, an ancient Indian tribe, and a dream world of gruesome demon-spirits.

Or the short one:

Two strangers. One nightmare. A war between darkness and hope.

Sounds like a good time to me. ;)



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2 Responses to “Was Abbie Cornish talking about The Sleeping Deep?”

  1. Seems like it was this three levels of reality that your reader had such a hard time with. It is tough to write this kind of thing so it’s clear on the page, but it’s not an outlandish narrative structure. I’m glad you stuck to your guns.

  2. runningfornow Says:

    Thanks. I tried. Still not sure if I totally succeeded, but at 101 pages I’m about as close to “good ’nuff” as it gets.

    Layering reality upon fantasy upon mystery upon dreams and nightmares is a slippery slope — and certainly not the standard storytelling format. But I didn’t write this screenplay to make *those* people happy. I wrote it for the weirdos looking for something more…

    ~ Jeff

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