Ellie Parker

Synopsis: Slice of life look at a young woman trying to make it as an actress in Hollywood. Ellie Parker, from Australia, works hard: she's gifted with accents, hustles to auditions, changes clothes and makeup as she drives across L.A., goes to acting classes and therapy, maintains a friendship with another Aussie searching for the same roles, meets a cinematographer when he bangs into her car at a stop sign, and faces a failing relationship with her slacker thinks-he's-a-musician boyfriend. All this brings on an identity crisis - who am I, and should I keep trying to be an actress? Ellie's balancing act and her inquiry into self carry the story.
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Scott Coffey
Production: Strand Releasing
  2 wins & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
95 min

Cut! No, no.

That's... No.

You're already dead.

- Yeah, but I thought...

- Dead people don't do that.

...it would be better to show

the last struggle for life.

We're running out of time here.

We really gotta get this.

I'm ready. I'm ready.


Oh, f***!

- Something bit me!

- The CGI disk...

Hi, this is Ellie Parker. You...

Hello, this is Ellie.

Leave a message...

and I'll get back to you

as soon as I can.

Have a great day.

This is Ellie Parker.

This is Ellie Parker.

Leave a message for Ellie.

Hello, this is Ellie Parker.

Leave a message for Ellie, please.

Have a great day.

Good luck.

Hello, this is Ellie Parker.


This is Ellie. I'd like you to leave

your name and your number...

and a short message. I'll call you

back as soon as I get in. Thank you.

Hello, hi.

Hi, this is Ellie.

Hi, this is Ellie Parker.

I'll call you right back.

This is Parker.

Hello, this is Ellie Parker.

Leave a message...

and your number.

Oh, my God.

Okay, go ahead.


- Hi!

- Hi. Come up.

- Hello.

- Hi. Nice to see you.

- Nice to see you.

- Are you ready?

Yeah. I mean, yes.

Just give me one second.

- Okay. Ready?

- Okay.

- Everyone, this is Ellie Parker.

- Hi.

This is Rick Saul, the producer.

Eslie Town, the writer.

And Smash, our director.

- I loved the script.

- Thank you. Very nice to meet you.

Very nice to meet you.

- So, get it started. Should we try?

- Sure.

We are only now doing the monologue,

not the first and second scenes.

Oh, okay.

So, you just lost your mom

and you're cursing God.

Do you have any questions?

No, I'm okay.

Do you have any answers?

Just really take this time

to put yourself in this place.

The air is humid.

There's black bugs in the tree.

The... What?

- Ocusts?

- Ocusts, chopping the...

You may be in front of the

old plantation house. It's...

I used to think about you

when he hurt me.

You weren't there.

You never were.

Things were so different then.

The bayou was open...

so free.

Sitting on that front porch I looked

into your eyes and stared for hours.

Et me just stop you for a sec.

You must remember I'm

taping this on digital video.

So it's very important

that you think very raw.


Just start again and think that

your acting must be very raw...


Got it.

You weren't there.

You never were.

Things were so different then.

The bayou was open...

so free.

Sitting on that front porch,

I stared into your eyes for hours.

That terrible night...

when the storm ripped and

screamed through everything.

The abuse, the denial,

the redemption!

We shared it all.

You were my rock...

my salvation.

You... were me.

And now you're dead, you b*tch!

I don't know

if it's possible to go on.

I do not will to stand!

Oh, God, damn you to hell!

Why? Why? Why?

Wow! That was wonderful.

Very good, excellent.

Very good.

Are you sure? I can try another way.

I mean, this is such a...

How tall are you?

I'm 5'7. This tall.

How tall is Mel?

About this height.

He wears his lifts in his shoes,

so no one will know.

All right, Ellie. That was great.

Thanks for coming.

Okay, thank you. It was nice

to meet you all.

- Thank you.

- I loved the script. It's great.

My keys.

- Bye.

- Bye.

- Was that okay?

- It was great. It was really great.

I kind of wanted to do

those other scenes.

No, that was everything.

It was totally fine.

- They're really nice.

- Oh, yeah, they're great.

- The director. What was his name?

- Smash.

Cool. He seems interesting.

Well, you'll be hearing from us.

You know, we'll be in touch.

- Thanks for coming.

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Scott Coffey

Scott Coffey (born Thomas Scott Coffey; May 1, 1967) is an American actor, director, producer and screenwriter. His film credits include Shag, Some Kind of Wonderful, Dream Lover, and Mulholland Drive. He directed Ellie Parker in 2005. more…

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