Beyond the Mask

Synopsis: The chief mercenary for the British East India Company, being double crossed by his former employer, has made his way to the American Colonies. Working to redeem his name, William Reynolds (Andrew Cheney) now hides behind a different mask in hopes of thwarting his former employer. As his past life closes in on him, Will must somehow gain the trust and the help of his beloved Charlotte, a woman he has been lying to, as well as a colonial intellectual by the name of Ben Franklin. All the while he races against time to defuse a plot that could have devastating effect on the birth of a new nation.
Director(s): Chad Burns
Production: Freestyle Releasing
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103 min


Charlotte... there are things

you couldn't have known.

It would be difficult for you to grasp

the depths to which I had fallen,

or the guilt that plagued me,

without grasping the scale of this monster

called the East India Company.

In their greed and avarice,

they had flung their empire of destruction

around the globe.

In time, there was investigation,

and finally, there was this report.

It had a lot to say about Charles Kemp

and, I'm afraid,

made mention of me as well.

Delivering this report to you the moment

you are ready to receive me again

will be my last job.

I live only to be worthy

of your respect.

Steady as she goes!

- Hold the course.

- Yes, sir.

Call the shot, Mr. Brand.

One last time.

Speed, three knots.

On my mark. Fire.

- Gentlemen of the board.

- Fire.

It's good to be back in London.

I am pleased to report that our operations

in India continue to be profitable.

And yet, I have a feeling that our

interests in the American colonies

could match or even exceed

our revenues from India.

Provided, of course...

that we can keep Parliament

from meddling in our affairs.

Even as we meet,

my team is intercepting the final report

of Parliament's investigation

of our business practices in India.

My men are replacing

the official report with an altered copy

which, I can assure you, will read

quite differently from the original.

- Oh! He's dead!

- Hey!

- Sound the alarm!

- Time to go!

Gentlemen, I assure you,

you may trust in my discretion.

Nothing, and no one

will stand in our way.


In the 14 years that I have known you,

you have never let me down.

Not once.

You are a treasure to me.

- Thank you, sir.

- What is this?

Oh, yes, very fine!

Very much like my own.


So, then, you are what?

One week back in England, and already

carrying yourself like a gentleman.

Well, in as much as I'll have the title

and lands that you've promised me,

I thought I should make a start.

I hope I'm not too eager in following

in your footsteps.

Oh, my dear boy, have I... Have I not

impressed upon you the opportunities

that could await you in the Americas?

And think of it, that vast hinterland

and those 13 squabbling colonies,

all ripe for the picking.

- Have I not done all that you've asked?

- You have.

- All that was required.

- All.

I've made my fortune...

And you have made your fortune

doing exactly what I asked you to do.

And you are the man

that I need there in the Americas.

I'm done.

I'm ready to put this

behind me, as you did.

I will triple the offer

I have made to you.

Already the Company

owes me over 10,000.

And I have your promise of a new name.

My heart is set on other things.

You mean that?


It's set. 10-second timer

once you pull the cord.

You heard what he said.

10 seconds. Don't waste it.

And make sure he's dead

before you jump. Go.

Good luck, Will. Safe travels.

Driver! Hey! Wait!

Stop your carriage!

Driver! Hey!

Wait! Your carriage is on fire!

In that moment, I knew my guilt

had come to pay me out.

Give me your hand! Jump!

- Get back!

- Now!

On him... will fall the full burden

of the accusations.

All of the vilifications that will

have been aimed at the company.

Tomorrow, in your newspapers,

gentlemen, you will be shocked

to learn of the rogue activities

of that infamous scoundrel,

the late William Reynolds.

Sorry about that.

You would be a vicar.

I had wanted a new name.

Now, I had it.

This wasn't my idea, but...

there was a sense of divine justice,

that an assassin like me

should be forced to live

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Paul McCusker

Paul McCusker is an American writer and producer. He is best known for his work on Adventures in Odyssey, a nationally syndicated radio drama, and for his work with Focus on the Family's Radio Theatre. He has written over 50 books, 21 plays and 4 musicals. His best known works are the play "Catacombs", the novels The Mill House and Epiphany, and his audio adaptations of C.S. Lewis's works. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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