A short treatment for a 3-D film embracing the Arabian peninsular

                  Peter Shillingford


                                      A CHILD OF THE DESERT


 Peter Shillingford


A continuing story over the millenniums of a child's progress to manhood through many centuries of the areas formation and achievements.

The year is 12000 BC.

At a Stone Age civilisation deep in a mountain cave in the Arabian Peninsula, a male child is born to poor but hard working farmers. The child, Abdul, is raised up high by his father, Amr ibn al As, to the dawn sun for all to see. 

At a nearby oasis, a host of wild animals raise their heads at the celebration. A shooting star hurtles from horizon to horizon. A great feast with singing and dancing begins to celebrate the newborn child.

The year is 563 BC. 

Abdul, now an energetic two years of age, is found playing by the falaj water system. His parents gather water and irrigate their crops. Others work on the water channels, their life-line to the fountainhead high in the mountains. Abdul in his father's arms looks across to the valleys and wild life below. They descend and stalk the wild creatures. 

The year is 630 AD. 

A storm driven dhow, carrying Amr ibn al As and his family arrives with a letter from the Ruler, which is read out in the village square. Abdul, a boisterous four year old, escapes from his parents and is chased down the narrow streets until a flock of goats bar his way. The family take the goats down to the rivers edge for water. Abdul demonstrates his swimming ability and saves a baby goat. 

The year is 950 AD. 

Abdul, now a responsible seven year old, is taken out boat fishing by his father and friends. After a momentous tussle, the ocean gives up a large shark and Abdul is presented with a huge tooth that he hangs around his neck. Nets are cast and other fish are pulled into the boat. Whales and dolphins are sighted. 

The year is 1200 AD. 

Invaders come down from the mountains and Abdul and his parents join a Bedouin caravan and flee across the desert. The ten-year old child is taught the use of the ancient weapons and the significance of the night sky for navigation. He is given a hawk and we see the training required for boy and creature. 

The year is 1500 AD. 

On horse back, young Abdul now thirteen years of age, races against others of the village. As the winner he receives a gold bracelet. His proud father, now completing the construction of a great fort, watches from the battlements. 

The year is 1800 AD. 

Pirates come ashore and raid the mosque seeking gold and silver. Abdul raises the alarm, sets a trap and the pirates are captured. The sixteen year old boy is named a hero and a marriage is arranged. He is given a ceremonial sword and dagger at the wedding ceremony. 

The year is 1900 AD. 

The first motorcar carrying the local Ruler impresses the young man, now a father at the age of some eighteen years. He gains work as a driver and is quickly promoted as the Ruler acquires more and more exotic vehicles. His work entails driving the cars for the pleasure of the Ruler's family. Picnics and hunting trips in the deserts and mountains reveal the beauty of the countryside. 

The year is 1935 AD. 

The pilot of the light aircraft mapping potential oil sources from the air is Abdul, now a strapping aviator of twenty five. He teaches the Ruler's young son to fly. His success gives him access to the Royal Palace where he attends a sumptuous feast and exotic entertainment.

The year is 1945. 

Back from World War ll as a pilot, the thirty year old Abdul brings back many gold sovereigns for his father, now a famed goldsmith. The artefacts he creates becomes the dowry for his grandchildren. One particular ornament is presented to the Ruler.

The year is 1965.  

With close ties to the Royal Court, Abdul shows his ability in diplomatic relations and hosts foreign nationals on camel borne hunting trips with falcons and servants in attendance. As a diplomatic gesture he allows a European Prince to outdo him in a camel race. Later at his palace, the contract is celebrated with a demonstration of military power. His fortieth birthday brings his family and children to meet the Prince. 

The year is 1980. 

Abdul, now a fifty-year old successful businessman, helicopters in to his latest acquisition, an oil rig far out in the Gulf. He is treated like royalty. Exploring the rig brings Abdul into contact with the multi-national crew as they continue with their dangerous occupations.

The year is 1990.

Abdul as the Chairman of the national airline travels by private jet with his family to Europe, visiting the ancient sites of Paris, Rome, Madrid and London 

The year is 2000. 

The British Embassy celebrates the Millennium and Abdul is informed of his knighthood by the Ambassador. The laying on of the ceremonial sword is acknowledged by Abdul's gift of an ancient rifle to the Ambassador who fires it into the air. 

The year is 2006. 

Abdul's daughter gives birth and on receiving the child, he places his shark tooth around the child's neck, takes the child out on to the balcony, and holds him up to the setting sun. In the distance, the city is a multitude of twinkling lights as the night eclipses the day. A grand fireworks display herald's the birth of the male child. 


A 3-D film illustrating the culture and tourism potential of the Arabia Peninsula. 

IMAX and other theatre audience demographics are of the A and B + group who are inspired by such films and who would wish to experience the country and its people. 

For further information on this project please contact the author.


                                         PETER SHILLINGFORD






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