"Sea Smoke" is a feature-length screenplay that tells the story of Nilly Hayworth, a successful advertising executive living and working in mid-coast Maine. Nilly is married to Hank Hayworth, a lawyer, and they have a son, Jasper, who has just finished law school. Nilly's father is William "Bill" J. Pixley. She has a brother named William "Butch" Pixley Jr., who is married to Holly Pixley, pregnant with their first child. Nilly has accommodated to her father's strong preference for his son , her brother. She has also adjusted to and forgiven Hank for past affairs. Nilly is offered a position as the campaign manager of George Somers, a married civil engineer running for Congress against a nine-term incumbent, Reese Davis. Nilly's father and husband are against that idea. When Nilly learns that Hank has had yet another affair, she decides to separate from Hank and run George's political campaign. From that moment on, Nilly is beset with a variety of challenges culminating in a risk to her life. Nilly perseveres and gains insight into a man - George - who is different from her father and husband, especially in his treatment of her as a partner/equal. Nilly and George obviously enjoy each other's company and a level of sexual tension is evident between them, though nothing sexual occurs. Near the end of the story Nilly is further challenged when she sees George embracing a college intern working on his campaign. She mistakes this as a romantic interlude, which George explains it is most certainly not - he was comforting the teary-eyed intern. George wins the campaign and asks Nilly to join him in Washington. With both of them acknowledging the strong attraction between them, Nilly declines to go saying "I want more."
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Motion picture plays; Motion picture authorship; Feature films--Technique; Feature films--Themes, motives
Department, Program, or Center
School of Film and Animation (CIAS)
Rankin, Carolyn, "Sea smoke" (2012). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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