AT THE END OF THE ROAD is the story of CHARLIE, QUINN and RIVER. It tells the story of two friends (Charlie and Quinn) doing a favour for their friend and giving his younger sibling (River) a lift. During the drive they discuss life and family while confronting how to move on from past prejudices.
The film was written as a response to the reactions that stemmed from protests in 2020, in particular it draws on the idea of how differing views on social justice issues led to many divides between family and friends. This is by no means new, but the context of the film provides a setting and circumstance to explore relationships. The script does not take a stance on the issues themselves, but instead focuses on the impact it has on people AT THE END OF THE ROAD.
INCLUSION is a key component of the film and its' development, and the script was written with gender neutral characters, then cast from an open casting call. Additionally, the film strives to adhere to the VITO RUSSO TEST as recommended by GLAAD. The test requires that:
The film contains a character that is identifiably lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer.
That character must not be solely or predominantly defined by their sexual orientation or gender identity (i.e. they are comprised of the same sort of unique character traits commonly used to differentiate straight/non-transgender characters from one another).
The LGBTQ character must be tied into the plot in such a way that their removal would have a significant effect, meaning they are not there to simply provide colorful commentary, paint urban authenticity, or (perhaps most commonly) set up a punchline. The character must matter.