Jason Young, a young Londoner has ventured into the world of film making and films. The Novelist is Jason’s first ever feature-length film. It has recently been short listed for the 11th bfm International Film Festival.
Jerry Downing is an aspiring writer who wants to publish his novel. His flatmate, Julia Wells, who is a closet writer herself, encourages him to get a full-time job to find his other half who will help him to get published. He dismisses her suggestion because of previous experiences in the workplace. When he bumps into his father, Nicholas Downing, who is on his way to the jobcentre to sign on the dole, Jerry changes his mind and decides to follow Julia’s advice in order to put an end to the cycle of unemployment in his family.
Whilst contemplating his next moves to find gainful employment, Jerry’s other flatmate, Kerry Cerberus, who has romantic feelings for him, begins reaching out to him socially. She is disappointed when her three attempts are unsuccessful thus turning her into an enemy.
Now, in employment in the publishing industry, Jerry finds an ally in his line manager, Karen Glinda. Simultaneously, Kerry begins to have a hard time at work and takes it out on Jerry in a series of misunderstandings that forces her to interfere in his personal life. He confides in Karen about his dilemma and his struggles, and she provides him with an attractive alternative that will increase his chances of publishing his novel. He is uncertain at first, but when he is served notice by his landlord Jerry decides to move out of the flat he shared with Kerry and Julia and take up Karen’s offer of accommodation so that he can complete his novel. Simultaneously, Kerry is sacked from her job and realises her worse fear of being unemployed as Jerry once was. Karen’s tutoring pays off, and Jerry’s novel is finally accepted for publication. But there is one more thing left for him to do.
A confident and self-assured Jerry returns to his old flat to remove the rest of his stuff. He sees Julia who informs him that he has inspired her to realise her childhood ambition of writing stories. He then seeks Kerry out to apologise to her for his behaviour towards her and to ask her forgiveness. She feels an emotional release and goes on to fulfil her ambition to become an accounts manager.
Free to live as a newly published novelist, Jerry and Karen face the future together.