Murray, Adrian Burke Archer
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Retrograde is a feature film screenplay that follows a disagreement between a police officer and a young woman who hold different interpretations of an incident leading to a traffic citation. After a jarring interaction with a police officer leaves her with a ticket for unsafe driving, Molly challenges the citation through the justice system. This battle bleeds into her personal life when Gabrielle, her housemate and key witness, doesn't come to her aid and seems to believe the official version of events. Molly refuses to pay the fine, and struggles to stand up to the system and hold the police officer accountable. When her drivers license is at stake, Molly must decide if her ideals are more important than her comfortable commuter lifestyle. Retrograde is a dryly comic, layered exploration of accountability, justice, truth, and institutional power dynamics.