HEAD HUNTER

by Gianluca P

Short Film
Email: gianluca[email protected]

The period is that one of the '80s. The yuppies generation. Much fashionable right now. Soundtrack like Wang Chung, Echo & the Bunny Men, Talk Talkor Australian group like INXS, Models







THE FACTS OF LIFE


 

 

Chris Beadnell










FADE IN…

Saturday afternoon/ evening. Trevor (30’s male) is out side playing with his kids Jake (3), and Tina (7). Through the window we see wife Sandra in the kitchen preparing dinner.

Sandra
‘Hon, dinner will be ready soon. Don’t get the kids too dirty, they’ve had already had their baths, OK’

Trevor
‘Yeah sure babe, no worries.’
Looks down at Jake playing in a mud heap
‘Oh no’
Picking up Jake
‘Jakey, you’re gonna get me castrated buddy. Hey Teen, can you take Jakey into the bathroom and wash him up a bit before dinner. And princess, don’t let Mummy see you, OK’

Tina
‘OK Daddy. Come on Jakey, let’s go’
Holds Jake’s hand as they walk towards the bathroom

Trevor
‘Sandy, how long ‘til dinner, love?’

Voice of Sandra
‘Oh, give us 5 or 10 minutes, hon. Can you send Tina in to set the table?’

Trevor
‘Ah, Yeah… I think she’s just taken Jake to the toilet babe’

Voice of Tina
‘I’ll be there in a minute Mummy!’

Trevor
‘I might just have a quick beer on the veranda before dinner love’

Voice of Sandra
‘Sure Hon’

Trevor walks to veranda and to the bar fridge, Trevor grabs a coldie and walks out to the setting on the veranda. Sits down, puts feet up on table, opens beer and has a swig.

Trevor v.o.
{Man, this is the life. Beautiful wife, great kids, good job, house and pool. Trev my boy, you’ve done pretty damn good for yourself mate}
Sound of Jake laughing

Voice of Tina
‘Mummy, Jake has just stuck your lipstick up his nose and he’s now picking red boogers!’

Voice of Sandra
‘JAKE!!!’

Trevor smirks.

[Few minutes pass]
Pan across view
Back to Trevor just finishing beer
Tina walks on veranda up to Trevor

Tina
‘Daddy, can I ask you something?’

Trevor
‘Sure princess, anything you want to ask’

Tina
‘What does sex mean?’

Trevor v.o.
{SHIT…SHIT…Holy Shit! Where has this come from?}

Looks at Tina who is looking quizzically back at him

{Well, I suppose she is seven, she keeps asking questions about everything else. She’s at school now, you know that kids talk. There’s sex everywhere on TV these days. Look at all those rap music video’s she watches. Far out. Isn’t her mother supposed to be telling her things like this?}

Tina
More assertive
‘Daddy, What does sex mean?!’

Trevor v.o.
{Well I am her father and I suppose this is one of those responsibilities that we just have to face. OK, here goes}

Trevor
‘Righto princess, come here and let’s have a chat’

Trevor points to the chair next to him. Tina sits on the chair and looks up at her Dad.

Trevor
‘Princess, do you remember a long time ago, when Mummy had Jake in her belly?’

Tina
‘Yeah, and she went to the hospital and she gaved birth to him’

Trevor
‘That’s right. That’s right. And do you know how Jake got into Mummy’s belly in the first place?’

Tina
Looks very bemused
‘Mummy said that the angel came from heaven and put Jake in her belly, cause it was a miracle’

Trevor
‘OK. Well sweetie, that’s not exactly right. You see, that’s what we told you when you were a much littler girl, but now, because you are more grown up, we can tell you what really happens’

Tina smiles

Trevor
Nervously
‘When a man and a lady love each other very, very much, like Mummy and Daddy, and sometimes they get married, they can get together, sort of… and like, make a baby, like, you know Jake was made by Mummy and Daddy together, OK’

Tina
‘How did you and Mummy make Jakey, Daddy?’

Trevor
‘Yeah, well you know how Mummies and Daddies are, well different, like boys and girls are different, don’t you?

Tina
‘Yeah Daddy, girls have long hair and boys have short hair’

Trevor
‘Ahh, well not quite princess. You know when you have a bath with Jake, cause he’s a boy, well he has his little pee pee, but you’re different, cause you are a girl so you have your, umm…ahh…’
Head Hunter © 2005 By Gianluca Pezzino


The period is that one of the ‘80s. The yuppies generation.  Much fashionable right now. Soundtrack like Wang Chung, Echo & the Bunny Men, Talk Talk…or Australian group like INXS, Models… 

Scene 1: Encounter to the bar

Two former school companions meet themselves for pure case in a bar of Sidney. They decide for an aperitif and they begin to speak about the old times.

Murray
“I lacked by now from Sidney... from... how many ? 13 ?... not perhaps 14 years ?”

Iain
“You disappeared after the bachelor. Yep..almost 14 years. And now ? What you make in order to living ?”

Murray
“I have a recruitment agency. I’m an head hunter. My customers are prestigious societies that normally need exclusive figures to recruit and to insert in their organic. I’m really good in my job…believe me. Until today I was always successful to satisfy every demand. Even if... not always in a ‘clean’ way.”

While Murray speaks... the camcorder moves around in the bar as to follow its look... Murray it is perennially hunting

Iain
“What you mean with ‘clean’? Something related with the legality ?”

Murray
“Well... some times you must stimulate their interest... other times... as to say... to convince them with small actions of force. To find their ‘heel of Achille’  to carry them from our part.”

Iain
“Very interesting. Perhaps you know... from this encounter could be born something of interesting too.”

Murray
“Ehy ehy... I continue to prefer women...”

Murray starring at one girl at the counter of the bar.

Iain
“As usual... you have always wants to joke. I meant to a professional level.”

Murray laughs and drinks a little while Iain explains what has in mind.

Iain
I have a company… a software development company. I have a very important contract at the moment but... my engineers seems not to be in a position to satisfying in time the contractual demands. And I’m in a real trouble. I speaks about my prestige and...


Murray
“go ahead... don’t lose time to promote the company... is not to me that you must sell something.”

Iain plays nervously with is hands

Iain
“You right. However... I said... I’m in a bad situation. But... if you succeeded to find, in short time, the right person... well... you would have my eternal gratefulness.”


Murray
“But why you didn’t not turned before to an agency ?“

Iain dries up the sweat

Iain
“I could not. I have invested all in this plan.”

Murray shakes the head and drink a little

Murray
“I understand…”


Iain
“No. You must not think badly. I do not want to be useful for our friendship. Once concluded the job the moneys will not lack me… for  sure, and...”

Murray

Stop... Don’t say anything else... we have a deal. Inasmuch I’m in Sidney I can stop a few more days and arrange everything for you. Don’t be stressed. I have already some idea in my head.”

Iain
“Really ? Oh may God…”

Murray
“Are you speaking with me ?”

Both oh them laugh

Murray
“BTW…I have worked for one company six or seven months ago…don’t remember yet,  and... during one reunion task I have identified one figure, sure... William Banks... Willy... this guy is the right one for you. A real genius. Without a social life. Without a family. All brain and job.”

While it speaks Murray pass quickly  the pages of a binder full of business cards.

Iain
“And... you think to be able to convince him to pass from our part ?”

Murray
“Is my ‘dirty’ job my dear.”

Murray ends the drink

Murray
“You fix the bill ? I put myself immediately to work. I call you.”

Iain
“I do not know how to thanks you…”

Murray exits from the bar, it calls a cab and he go towards the hotel (fast camera around the city). Here it connects the lap-top and he begins to prepare its attack.


Scene 2: Willy

The following day Murray try to put itself in contact with Willy but... with its enormous surprise it does not seem to be easy like he previewed. Before the telephone operator. Later the secretary and to the end the direct interested does not want to answer to the telephone because too much engaged. After many tried (camera must be phrenetic), the tension begins to go up and Murray loses its proverbial calm. It decides therefore to face Willy straight and it attends it for hours outside from the company. Finally late at night Willy exits and Murray approaches Him.

Murray
“Dottor Banks… I suppose ?”

Willy
“Yeah… you supposed right…what you wants ?”

Murray
I really beg your pardon.. but are all the day that I try to be in contact with you. My name is  Murray Miz and...

Murray makes the gesture like to tighten Willy’s hand

Willy
“I do not have time. I’m tired and I want to go to home. Good night.”

 Willy turns the shoulders to Murray it walks towards the car.

Murray
“Only a moment please. I ask only a moment.”

The face of Murray becomes threatening. At this point Willy consents to listen.


Murray
“I have a customer who would be a lot interested to have you in its staff for a very important job. And I would not want indeed to disappoint him since he is also a friend.”

Murray tries to intimidate Willy and it succeeds, guaranteeing its attention.

Willy
“Ok… tell me something more about this job”

Murray
“Well…no much to say… just software development and ... a lot of money. That’s it.”

Willy
“It does not interest to me.”

Murray
“How much you wants? Just say an amount to me…”


Willy
“But… is not just a question of money…you know…my job…my carreer…”

Murray
“Ok Ok Ok…I have an idea: If you don’t want to leave your job... well... takes a vacation and give us a hand... take the money and goodbye!”

Willy
“I must think bout it.”

Murray
“An amount, for how much time... I must have some arguments for my customer. If it goes well for him too we can conclude the agreement tomorrow morning.”

Willy
“4 weeks... maybe five… 50' 000 dollars weekly. To take or to leave.“

Murray
“You have clear ideas I see... lot of money but... task can be made. Payment obviously at job accomplished.”

Willy
“See you tomorrow then. Now I go to sleep. I hope not to repent about this.”

Murray
No problem…see you tomorrow”. And... be in time.”

Murray calls Iain and explain to him the offer. Enthusiastic Iain prepares all documents in a flash and transmit them via e-mail to Murray



Scene 3: Murray unloads the tension

At this point Murray decides that the moment has come to makes a Drink in order to unload all the accumulated tension during the day.  and once I its life he  brings a woman in the hotel with which passes the night. Perhaps Murray exaggerate and the morning after he wakes up too late and the appointment with Willy is gone.

Murray
“Oh no…I’m late…I’m too late…shit!!!!!!”


Scene 4: The failure
 
murray try to contact Willy again but without succeeding. Willy is much angry and convinced about the low professionality of Murray and therefore it puts in doubt that the offer is worthy of consideration. For the first time Murray must consider a faillure. Unacceptable. Once again then it tries for a direct encounter and it newly attends Willy outside the company for an interminable number of hours. But this time Willy does not have intention to listen to the words of Murray and threat to address to the police.

Willy
“Leave me alone or I will  call the police! I’m not interested anymore about your offer. You are not enough professional for my point of view. Piss off looser!”

Willy turn is back

Murray
Just one more thing..Willy…


Black screen


Scene 5: Epilogue

Move to the following day in the office of Iain. Iain seated behind its writing desk and with Murray forehead.

Iain
 “Then ? How it has gone ?”

Murray
“It was really hard but... I succeeded.“

Iain
“Fantastic ! Therefore It has accepted the offer ? Isn’t ?”

Murray
“Not really...”

Iain with a perplexed expression
Iain
“What do you mean with... ‘Non really’ ? It wants more money ?”

Murray
“No... for the money you do not to worry. Money are not a problem at this time.”
.
From this point the camera must have a distorted perspectives.

Iain
“I do not understand... “

Murray
“Well... I had promised the head of Willy to you isn’t ?”
 
Murray opens the large ag that it has with him, extracts the head of Willy and place it on the writing desk.
Iain
“What have you done??? You crazy!!!”

Camera on the scared face of Iain.

Murray
“Is my ‘dirty’ job my dear.”

Camera on the totally mad face of Murray.


THE END




Tina
‘Bargina’

Trevor
‘Yeah… yeah…your vagina. Well Mummies have vagina and Daddies have a pee pee also, so as I said before, when they really, really love each other and they want to make a baby, like Mummy and I wanted to make you and Jake, well, umm… Daddies have some seed inside their pee pee, and Mummies have an egg inside their tummy. And when the seed and the egg get together, then sometimes a baby can be made. But the seed has to get into the Mummies body in the first place.’

Tina looking more puzzled

Trevor
‘So what the Daddy can do, when he really, really loves the Mummy, and they are grown up, like over 30, the Daddy can put his pee pee into the Mummy’s vagina and then the seed from the Daddy’s pee pee can go into the Mummy’s tummy and get to the egg, which then can make a baby’

Tina frowns

Trevor
‘So putting the Daddy’s pee pee into the Mummy’s vagina is what we call sex, OK’

Tina
‘OK Daddy’

Tina screws up her face

Trevor v.o.
{Mmmm…This is all a bit out of the blue.  I wonder if I should ask her where all this new curiosity about sex has come from}

Trevor
‘Princess, you know you can tell me anything, OK. Why did you want to know what sex meant?’

Tina
Rather shyly
‘Cause Mummy said to tell you that dinner would be ready in a couple of them’

Voice of Sandra
(Fading)
Trevor, you’re dinner’s getting cold!!!’

END

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