The Darkened Room

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20th Century (multiple decades)

Antonia Hildebrand

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It is the story of a marriage which culminates in a double murder. It seems simple at first but as layer after layer peels away nothing is as it seemed to the outside world.



Short Summary

The story begins with the murder. It describes in detail what happened the day Leonora turned up at the house in Banksia Avenue with a gun and murdered her ex-husband and his new wife. After the murder she goes on a shopping spree.

It seems that Leonora has found a happy ending. But when she is going out to dinner with her new lover after a successful exhibition at a glitzy gallery she reveals that her ex-husband Sam will be at dinner with them. That she sees him all the time and can never forget what she did.


Sydney and Noosa.

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Internal Journey/Rebirth,Tragedy,Overcoming Monster/Villain

Plot - Other Elements


Mature Audience Themes


Main Character Details

Name: Leonora Davison

Age: 42

Gender: Female

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Seductive,Secretive,Romantic,Insecure,Educated,Desperate

Additional Character Details

Name: Sam Davison

Age: 45

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Charming,Sexy,Crazy,Secretive,Unapologetic,Lone Wolf,Educated,Greedy

Additional Character Details

Name: Kay Tait

Age: 35

Gender: Female

Role: sidekick

Key Traits: Adventurous,Seductive,Lone Wolf,Sexy,Uneducated,Crazy,Funny

Additional Character Details

Name: Clare Davison

Age: 17 daughter of Sam and Leonora

Gender: Female

Role: skeptic

Key Traits: Aspiring,Sexy,Funny,Unapologetic,Obedient,Seductive

Development Pitch

Sam is a sex maniac. He's a successful doctor: he is rich and good looking and unfaithful. He has many sexual adventures. Leonora is a good Catholic girl who has been taught that infidelity is unthinkable for a wife and was a virgin on her wedding night. Her only asset was her beauty - or so she was led to believe. This creates a lot of conflict and drama and drives her to the brink of madness- which is Sam's plan because he wants full custody of the children. This would make a very good movie and an even better TV series.

About The Author

Antonia HildebrandBio Note Antonia Hildebrand is a poet, short story writer, and essayist. She was born and educated in Toowoomba Queensland. She married Reinhard Hildebrand and moved with him to Hamburg, Germany. She lived and worked in Europe for three years and also travelled in both Europe and Asia before returning to Australia. She then studied at the Toowoomba Technical College, going to evening classes until she was admitted to the University of Queensland. She graduated in 1987 with a Bachelor of Arts and majors in both German and English literature. In 1993 she graduated Master of Letters (German) from the University of New England. Her first published short story appeared in Downs Images in 1981 and in Woman's Day' Summer Reading' in 1982 and she has since been widely published in journals, magazine and anthologies in Australia as well as Britain and the USA. She has reviewed books for the Toowoomba Chronicle newspaper and films for the writers' journal Polestar which she edits. In 2002 she began contributing to Radio National's Bush Telegraph program. Many of her short stories have been broadcast by Queensland Storyteller on Radio 4RPH and by Radio 91.3FM Yeppoon. Published books include: ‘The Past is Another Country: Essays and Reviews’, Tangerine Books Beautiful Life: A Memoir’ 2003, Tangerine Books, ‘The Sweet Time: Poetry 1987-2000’ 2006 Tangerine Books, ‘The Blind Colossus’ 2015, Ginninderra Press, ‘To Breathe & Other Stories’ 2016, Ginninderra Press, ‘War Stories: Collected Poems’ 2018, Ginninderra Press. Publications in journals include: Studio 137, ‘Starting School’, Studio 140 Short story ‘King Crab’, Studio 141, Short story ‘Twenty Weeks in a Strange Town’, Studio 142, Studio Exhibition Award Poems, ‘First and Last Prayer. Anthologies ‘The Best Australian Poems 2005’, Black Inc, edited by Les Murray, ‘Plath on Plath’. ‘First Edition’, ‘To Breathe’ Awards – The University of Southern Qld Library Prize 1998 ‘The Man at the Side of the Road’ Won The Fellowship of Australian Writers Marjorie Barnard Short Story Award 1999, ‘To Breathe’. First Prize in the Barry Rogers Memorial Literary Prize for an essay, ‘Albert Namatjira’ 2002.

Target Audiences

Age: 35-54

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

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