NO HOPE IN HELL
NO HOPE IN HELL
138 min feature based on true life.
©Sandra L. Rogers 2005
Logline: After a horrific abduction by a priest a rebellious teenager turns to a life of crime until a young Sicilian girl captures his heart and gives him a reason to change.
*A rebellious teenager bought up
in poverty with alcoholic parents struggles for a better life. Being on the
receiving end of punishment for things that were not his fault and being raped
by a catholic priest paves the way for a life of crime for Marty. Stealing cars
every time he’s drunk lands him in jail for most of his teenage years. The
only happy times when he’s outside are spent with his friend Tommy a straight
guy with no arms.
When Marty meets Maria, a 15yr old
Sicilian girl from a strict family it is love at first sight, but the feelings
they have must be kept a secret until she is older. When Maria’s father finds
out she is seeing a criminal he tries to pay Marty off to get out of his
daughter’s life. Marty hits the grog and steals another car thus going back to
jail again. Through this turbulent time Maria writes to him constantly,
believing he can change. But Maria’s parents are determined that Angelo a good
Sicilian boy should marry their daughter and her brother Tony sets in motion a
plan to wreck their relationship. Doing 2 years hard labour in a maximum
security prison becomes a nightmare from hell for Marty and when he is released
Maria has it out with him yelling that he has to wake up and choose her or jail!
Unfortunately bad luck sees Marty in jail again. This time he is abused so badly
he almost dies, and believing he has lost Maria he gives up all hope. He is
transferred to Milson Island where he recovers and is released with a “No Alcohol”
clause. Realizing Maria still loves him is a defining moment, now he is more
determined than ever he will never go back to jail.
After his release he marries Maria
to the joy of his mother and Tommy and to the terse acceptance of her family.
Maurice Ivory never went back
to jail again.
He settled down into married
life and kept his promise to Maria and stayed out of trouble and gave up alcohol
When he became a father he gave
his daughter all the love and support that he never received from his father. He
taught her good moral values and to live within the guidelines of the law, so
that she would never have to experience what he went through.
These days Maurice has been
responsible for saving many a young person from a life of crime by counselling
The Vincent Report in 1975 which led to investigations into the prison system started
with Maurice’s cases.
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