Autumn Dreams

Synopsis: Annie and Ben marry in their late teens, but due to her parents disapproval have the marriage annulled. Their lives both become complicated as they are both preparing for independent marriages later in life, and discover the annulment was never filed.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Neill Fearnley
Production: Country Productions
84 min


Guess who?

I'm sorry, Mr. Hancock,

I'll have it ready by sundown.

They'll see us!




Hey, Ben.

Hey, Joe.

Did you feed the horses

this morning?

No, no...


Annie Hancock,

where are you?

Right here.

There's my little girl.

I'm not really your little

girl anymore, dad.

No, honey.

You'll always be my little girl.

You found her.


Where are the boys?



I just want to let you know

that we made the harvest quota.

Just barely, but barely

is good enough.

Thank you, boys.

Good work.


Annie, you better

go get cleaned up.

You don't want to be late

for the dance.

See you later, guys.

See you there, boys.

I love this song.

You're not changing your mind?


I just don't want to hurt

my parents.

Annie, we have to leave now.

Ok, I'll see you outside.


Joe, I need you to do me

a favour.

Yeah, of course.


I need you to give this

to my dad in 30 minutes.

I can't believe this.

I'm having a Cinderella moment.

Annie, with this ring

I thee wed.

Ben, with this ring

I thee wed.

I now pronounce you

husband and wife.

You may kiss the bride.

Nobody waits for that anymore.


Thank you.

I'm sorry, I truly am,

but you two are just too young

to get married.

Dad, you don't understand.

You're only 18, Annie.

Your mother will be so upset.

What about your plans?

You haven't even

started college.

But dad, my future is with Ben.

Look, it's not too late,

we can get it annulled.

Sir, I have a job lined up

in New York.

It's a big opportunity for me.

For us.

And they want me there

in two days.

I want to go with him.

I love him.

I love your daughter

very much, sir.

Well then I know you'll want

what's best for her.

Deep down you know I'm right.

Come on, Annie.

Get your things.


I understand.

Maybe you two just need a

little time to think it through.

Think more clearly.

See the sense in this.

I'll send your pay along

with the annulment papers.

Mr. Hancock...

You're a decent kid.

I always liked you, Ben.

I hope I wasn't wrong

about you.

You're not wrong about me,


One day I hope to prove that

to you.


Joe, what is it?

You did it again.



I'm sorry.

I'm sorry!

It just feels so weird wearing

something so pretty

when I'm up to my elbows

in farming all day.

Look, it matters to me.


I'll make you a deal, ok?

I won't worry about the ring

if we set a date.

We will.

We will, I promise!

It's just, I have so much

work to do

if I'm gonna get that grant.

How am I supposed to

revolutionize farming

and look for a wedding dress

all at the same time?

Wear coveralls.

I don't care.

Hey, we've been engaged

for nearly two years.

Yeah, but I had graduate


And then planting

and the harvest

and taking care

of your mother...

there's always gonna

be something.

Hey, we make a good team.

Ok, let's do it.

You mean it?

Yeah, yeah!


Alright, one

month from today,

right after harvest.


Fall is my favourite

time of year.



This came for you.

This could be about the grant.

Fingers crossed.

Good news?

The foundation just wants

some more information

about my study.

Now don't you use this as an

excuse to postpone the wedding.

You finally set a date?

Right after the harvest.


Thank you.


Your father would have been

so proud.

I know how much he wanted

to walk you down the aisle.

I know, mom.

I miss him every day.

We've got a wedding

to plan.


Is everything ok?


Yeah, of course

everything's alright.

She's just getting cold feet.

No, I'm not.

My feet are on fire.

I just-I gotta run to the house

to grab something.

A divorce?

This can't be.

The marriage was annulled.

Anthony McAllister.


Hi, could I speak to

Anthony McAllister?



No, that's ok.

I'll call back.

This isn't happening.

What's not happening?

Where's Joe?

He's out in the barn.


Come here.

So dad filed those annulment

papers, didn't he?

Of course he did.

Well, look what I've got.


This doesn't make any sense.

Yeah, I know.

But those papers say I have to

appear in a New York City court

with Ben the day after tomorrow

or I face contempt.

Mom, what am I

gonna tell Joe?

I mean, I never even had

a heart to tell him

that Ben and I actually

got married.

He's gonna be so upset.

Maybe you've been asked to take

a meeting with the foundation.

I'm sure it's just a

paperwork glitch and...

Well, I've gotta go and make

a reservation.

Well, at least you get

to see New York City.

Here you go.

Thank you.

Well, we're not in Iowa anymore.

Excuse me.

Our wedding is finally

coming together,

and let me tell you

it hasn't been easy.

I was appalled by

the flower choices

that Francois designed

for me.

I asked for chartreuse

and he gave me lime green.

And he was offended!

On the flip side, you're going

to adore my new architect.

Poor groom?

Excuse me, I'm...

I'm so sorry, I didn't

see you there.

That's quite alright.

Is there something

I can help you with?

Yes, I'm looking for

Anthony McAllister.

End of the hall, left,

first right.

Thank you.

No need to break

the door down,

I don't think he's in there.

Do you know

when he'll be back?

No idea.



I don't know what to say.

How about "hello"?

Yeah, yeah.



You look great.

Yeah, you too.



I'm looking for your lawyer.

Do you work here?

Yeah, I do.

Well, I...

I really need to find out

what's going on here.

Yeah, why don't we go

over here.

We can talk and I'll try to get

a hold of Tony.


Give me this.


Your boss has a great office.

He'll be very pleased

to hear you say that.

Do you like him?

He has his good days

and bad days.

I think he's liking this one.

Voice mail.

Tony, it's Ben.

Call me asap.

So I don't understand

what's going on.

We have to get a divorce?

It's kinda hard to do

when you're not married.

Did you not get the note?

No note,

just those very intimidating

legal documents.

I told Tony to include the note

with the documents.

Let me explain.

Excuse me, Mr. Lawson.

You have to leave now

for that appointment.

I'll be right there, Tracy.

Thank you.

This is your office?

Not bad for a farm hand,

Sure beats the barn.


I got your message,

I was on my way in.

Tony, this is Annie.

Nice to meet you.

We gotta go.

We're expected.

I'll update you on the way.

Let's go.

Annie, sorry, this won't take

very long.

Where are you staying?

I just came

from the airport.




Can you please set Miss Hancock

up at the corporate suite

and have Hector take her?

Thank you.

That's ok, I'm fine.

Annie, I insist.

Wait a second.

You're the Annie?

Annabelle Hancock?

That's right.

If we're complete

by the 26th,

should be there in 10 minutes.

No, it has to be done

by then.

Forget the small print.

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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