BUSY

by Maryanne Paterson

Short Film
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A small boy has a comfortable conversation with a salesman while hiding from his frantic parents. Aprox 7 mins Comedy In Production

BUSY
Written by
Maryanne Paterson

©Maryanne Paterson 2007
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INT. SMALL BOX -DAY
HARRY five years old sits inside a box with a small hole and sunlight escapes lighting up a glimpse of the walls.  Breathing can be heard and movement out side the box is evident.
The phone ring and in the darkness Harry answers the cordless phone.  The darkness conceals his identity.
HARRY (O.C.)
(Whispers)
Hello.
A sales man BEN is the caller.
BEN (FILTERED)
Hi matey, how ya going?
HARRY (O.C.)
(Whispers)
Good.
BEN (FILTERED)
Can I talk to Mummy?
HARRY (O.C.)
(Whispers)
Uh uh...
BEN (FILTERED)
Why?
HARRY (O.C.)
(Whispers)
Cause she's Busy.  What's your name, cause I not allowed to talk to strangers.
Harry's parents are looking for the phone.
MUMMY (O.S.)
Has anyone seen the phone?
BEN (FILTERED)
My names Ben, what's yours?
HARRY (O.C.)
(Slight giggle)
Harry.
BEN (FILTERED)
Well hello Harry how old are you?
HARRY (O.C.)
I'm five, how old are you?
INT. OFFICE - DAY
Ben is sitting at a desk in a small office on his own.
BEN
Aw I'm a little bit older than you.
Ben swings back on his chair and disappears as his chair falls all the way back and onto the floor.
HARRY (FILTERED)
My Dad's older than me.
BEN (O.C.)
Is Daddy there?
HARRY(FILTERED)
Yep.
Ben lifts his chair up and sits back down.
BEN
(Breathless)
Can I talk to him?
HARRY (FILTERED)
Nup
BEN
Why not?
HARRY (FILTERED)
Cause his busy.  My dad punched a police man on the nose.
Ben indicates for a WOMAN co-worker who is walking past to come in and listen to the conversation with the young boy.  He puts Harry on loud speaker.
BEN
So why did he punch the police man?
HARRY (FILTERED)
Cause he forgot that Uncle Joe was one.
Another co-worker comes into the room and listens.
BEN
So Uncle Joe is a police man.
HARRY (FILTERED)
Yeah but Daddy's not allowed to punch him on the nose...um...anymore when he's a police man cause...um... the jrudge said it was naughty.
BEN
So what did Uncle Joe do that made your dad punch him on the nose?
Harry giggles
BEN (CONT'D)
What so funny?
HARRY (FILTERED)
I farted... and it really smells.
Bens' office is filling with people, they laugh a little.
BEN
Is there anyone else at your house?
HARRY (FILTERED)
A policeman.
BEN
Dad's not punching him on the nose is he?
INT. LOUNGE ROOM/SMALL BOX - DAY
Harry looks through the hole in the box and sees two sets of legs, one is his dad with jeans on the and the other is a policeman in his blue police slacks.
HARRY (O.C.)
No silly, Uncle Joe's not here.
BEN (FILTERED)
So can I talk to the police man?
HARRY (O.C.)
No...his busy.  Have you ever been to hostible?
MUMMY (O.S.)
   (Frantic)
Has anyone seen the bloody phone?
BEN (FILTERED)
Hospital... um, no matey what about you?
Noise can be heard in the background as people walk past the box.
HARRY (O.C.)
Yeah cause a got a marble stucked up my nose.
BEN (FILTERED)
(Background laughter)
How did you get a marble stuck up your nose?
HARRY (O.C.)
It just fell up there, I never did it.
BEN (FILTERED)
Ahhh... you didn't push it up there.
HARRY (O.C.)
Nup.
BEN (FILTERED)
So who's at your house now?
HARRY (O.C.)
Mummy, Daddy, the policeman and Auntie Sarah.
BEN (FILTERED)
Can I talk to Auntie Sarah?
HARRY (O.C.)
Nah she's busy.  My mums having a baby.
BEN (FILTERED)
What right now?
HARRY (O.C.)
No.
BEN (FILTERED)
When?
HARRY (O.C.)
Tomorrow... Do you want to know a secret?
BEN (FILTERED)
Yeah OK.
HARRY (O.C.)
(Whispers softer)
Uncle Joe still comes over but only when Daddy's at work.
INT. OFFICE - DAY
Five or six office workers are in Bens' office.
BEN
(To colleagues)
Well I guess that's why Dad punched Uncle Joe
(To Harry)
Is there anyone else there that I can talk to?
HARRY (FILTERED)
My sister.
BEN
How old's your sister?
HARRY (FILTERED)
Um...fifty five.
BEN
Your sisters fifty five years old.
HARRY (FILTERED)
Yep.
BEN
Is she fifty five years or is she fifty five weeks.
HARRY (FILTERED)
Um...I don't know.
BEN
Is she bigger than you or smaller than you?
HARRY (FILTERED)
(Coy)
I'm bigger than her cause she can't get her head stuck in the chair yet.
BEN
Who got their head stuck?
HARRY (FILTERED)
(Giggles)
Me got my head stuck in the chair and Daddy had to cut my head off it.
BEN
(Giggles)
Oh OK... um so you've got lots of people in your house that are too busy to talk to me...what are they doing?
INT. SMALL BOX - DAY
More commotion can be heard out side the box.  The scene a little lighter and the boys face is revealed.
HARRY
Looking for me.
THE END

 

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