SINFUL PLAY

by Elisabeth Dubois

Short Film
Email: elisabeth@elisabethdubois.com

79 pages - Drama Two complete strangers, who accidentally cross paths, come to realize that they share a common past.

EXT. ALLEY WAY - NIGHT
JANET, 60, shabbily dressed, sits with a group of five other
HOMELESS, three males and two females around a fire, in a
back Alley.
All appear drunk, Janet the lesser.
A young lass, SUZANNE, mid 20’s, dressed in rags, no make-up,
long red hair, dirty but pretty, is coming down the Alley
way. She approaches Janet.
JANET
There’s my girl.
Next to Janet sits ROGER, 50’s, a drunkard.
ROGER
How mush ya make, gal?
Suzanne looks to Roger, annoyed.
SUZANNE
Not enough to get out of this dump.
Roger gets up fuming, tumbles.
ROGER
Teach ya manners, gal.
Roger loses balance and gently falls.
Janet stands and walks over to Suzanne; They embrace.
SUZANNE
I’ll make enough one day and I’ll
get us a nice little place to stay.
Janet’s looks to her teary eyed, but loving.
JANET
This is...
ROGER (O.S.)
Janet, I need more booze, get that
gal of yars, to get me some.
Janet takes a quick look back to Roger then back to Suzanne.
JANET
This is home, Suzanne. The streets
are all we know.
Suzanne glances back at the homeless, including Roger, then
sadly back to Janet.
SUZANNE
It’s not mom! It doesn't have to
be this way!
Roger lifts the bottle, shakes it.
ROGER
Don’t forget!
Suzanne, throws a handful of coins, to Roger.
SUZANNE
Here, get your own bloody booze!
She runs out of the Alley, crying; watched sadly by Janet.
Roger and the homeless laugh.
INT. MAXWELL’S HOUSE - LOUNGE ROOM - NIGHT
VICTORIA, mid 20’s, long bleached blonde hair, identical in
looks to Suzanne, slouches on a white leather lounge, drunk.
a collection of alcoholic beverages and pills, placed in a
bowl, are on the nearby coffee table.
A man, MAXWELL, mid 40’s, slams the front door(o.s). He
enters the loungeroom, sees Victoria.
He walks to the lounge; stares at Victoria, disgusted.
Infuriated, he swings an open hand to Victoria’s face.
MAXWELL
You fucking good for nothing,
whore! Look at you!
Victoria, startled, grabs hold of her slapped cheek; hollers
as she sits up enraged.
VICTORIA
What the fuck? Leave me alone!
Maxwell violently swings his hands over the top of the coffee
table, clearing it.
Victoria covers her face in fright.
Maxwell grabs hold of her arm, pulls her up and shakes her.
Victoria stumbles to her feet.
MAXWELL
You useless piece of garbage. Look
at you! You call yourself a porn
queen?!
2.
Victoria tries to fight him off.
VICTORIA
I never asked to be your damn two
bit, porn queen! You and your
pitiful, cheap studio! Porn queen!
What a joke!
Victoria releases from Maxwell’s hold, takes a swing to his
face. Maxwell blocks it.
MAXWELL
You ungrateful bitch! Want to play
rough, do we?
Maxwell rips her shirt, grabs her arms.
VICTORIA
Let me go!
Victoria struggles, screams, and tries to break lose.
VICTORIA (CONT'D)
Get your stinkin’ hands off me
Maxwell!
Maxwell slaps her and pushes her on the lounge.
Victoria screams.
Victoria falls on the lounge, quickly tries to stand.
Maxwell pushes her back.
VICTORIA (CONT'D)
No more Ass hole! I am not your
Damn puppet!
Maxwell places one knee on her stomach and one hand around
her throat, holds her down.
MAXWELL
I fucking own you, bitch! Don’t
you forget it!
Victoria struggles; Maxwell’s throat hold tightens as she
tries to pull his hand off her neck.
VICTORIA
Let me go! You’re hurting me! Let
me go!
Maxwell starts to unzip his trousers; holding tight to her
throat with the other hand; Victoria struggles.
VICTORIA (CONT'D)
Leave me alone!
3.
Victoria begins to cry; gasps for air.
VICTORIA (CONT'D)
Let me go, Maxwell!
Maxwell keeps his hold.
VICTORIA (CONT'D)
let me go!
He ignores Victoria, lifts her skirt, removes his knee from
her stomach, as he lays his on top of her.
Victoria, cries, gasps for air as she desperately tries to
release his grip.
VICTORIA (CONT'D)
Maxwell! Please!
Maxwell forces himself on her.
MAXWELL
Shut the fuck up and I’ll let you
breathe, bitch!
Victoria gasps for air and tries to scream. She cries and
relents.
Maxwell endeavours to satisfy his sexual urge.
Tears run down Victoria’s face; reluctantly gives up her
struggle.
Maxwell relaxes his throat hold and kisses her violently.
His Thrusting continues.
Victoria takes it like a lifeless subject; Maxwell moans in
pleasure.
Victoria stares into nothingness, whispers through her tears.
VICTORIA
I fuckin’ hate you, Maxwell.
Maxwell answers back sarcastically, still thrusting.
MAXWELL
I know you do.
Maxwell, satisfied, rests his whole body weight on Victoria,
who desperately tries to push him off.
Maxwell snickers as he lifts himself up.
Victoria, in tears, sits up, pulls down her dress and stares
to Maxwell, in disgust.
4.
MAXWELL (CONT'D)
You loved it!
Maxwell, zips his trousers.
VICTORIA
(crying)
You’re an ass hole!
Maxwell bitterly snickers, walks away from the lounge;
straightens his shirt.
MAXWELL
Get yourself cleaned up, we’re
doing a shoot in two hours!
Their exchange bitter stares.
Victoria walks over to the bedroom door; Maxwell eyes her
along. She enters the bedroom, slams the door.
Maxwell heads for the front door.
MAXWELL (CONT'D)
Be there!
EXT. DARK STREET CORNER - NIGHT
Suzanne stands below a lamp post. She waives down a passing
car.
A black sedan, driven by a sleazy looking MAN, pulls up. He
winds down his window.
MAN
What are you offering?
SUZANNE
A good time.
MAN
How much?
SUZANNE
50 bucks.
MAN
Kidding? Give you twenty!
Suzanne is a little put back.
SUZANNE
Twenty? No chance!
Suzanne takes a step back.
5.
MAN
Your loss!
He starts to manually wind the window up. Suzanne quickly
steps back to the car, sad, desolate face.
SUZANNE
No. Wait. Twenty will do.
The man opens the door. She steps in, takes a quick look
back. The car drives off.
INT. PORN STUDIO - NIGHT
Maxwell stands near the cameraman, JOHN, tall, average
looking, late 20’s. John films two actors, STEVE and SHARON,
acting out an office scenario.
Sharon, mid 30’s, blonde, dressed as a secretary, short skirt
and high heels, walks over to a three door filing cabinet.
She bends over, indiscreetly opens the bottom draw, showing
her white underwear.
Steve, good looking, 30’s, sits on a swivelling office chair.
He follows Sharon’s every move.
Sexually aroused he unzips his trousers.
Sharon stands, turns to face Steve, and smiles.
She walks over to Steve, her ample breasts bulging out of her
low cut top, places her hands, on the arm rests of his chair;
her breasts in his face.
SHARON
I am finished with the filing Boss.
Is there anything else that needs --
putting away?
Steve smiles, looks to his pelvic area, then back to Sharon.
STEVE
Just one more thing.
Sharon slowly sits on Steve’s lap; her back faces him.
Victoria steps on the set, dressed in a short, revealing
after five black dress - Her facial bruising are visible
through her make-up - She acts out her part.
VICTORIA
Am I interrupting?
Sharon glides gently up and down on Steve’s pelvic area;
facing Victoria, she smiles whilst faking orgasm.
6.
SHARON
(moaning with pleasure)
Just filing a few things before --
I go home. Your husband is -- uh --
almost -- oh -- ready.
STEVE
Darling you’re early! Didn’t we
plan dinner for eight?
Victoria looks to her watch.
VICTORIA
It’s 8:30, Sweetheart.
STEVE
I am so sorry, time got away. I
have interviewed 10 new secretaries
today. I think this one is perfect.
Sharon stands, straightens her skirt, and smiles.
VICTORIA
I’m glad. Good help is hard to find
these days.
SHARON
Sorry to keep you waiting, Ma’am.
SHARON (CONT'D)
(looks to Steve)
I’ll see you in the morning?
Steve zips his trousers and stands. He casually tucks his
shirt in.
STEVE
8:00 sharp.
Victoria takes a few steps, accidently trips.
Sharon, angry, shakes her head, placing her hands on her
hips.
SHARON
Oh here we go again!
She looks to Maxwell.
SHARON (CONT'D)
(sarcastically)
That’s our Porn queen, hey?
MAXWELL
(annoyed)
Cut!
7.
Victoria looks to Maxwell; John rushes over, helps her up,
notices the bruise on her face.
JOHN
(whispering)
What happened? Are you alright?
Victoria’s look tells all. Victoria stands with John’s help.
John bitterly looks back to Maxwell.
STEVE
How dare you Maxwell!
Maxwell ignores him; Sharon faces Victoria.
SHARON
You’re a has been girl. I will be
the next porn queen, watch me.
Victoria slaps Sharon.
SHARON (CONT'D)
(fuming)
You slut!
Sharon raises her hand in retaliation; John grabs it.
MAXWELL
What the fuck are you all doing?
(Approaches them,
furious)
You’re all costing me money. This
skit needs to be finished tonight.
No more fuck ups! Let’s do it
again!
JOHN
(to Maxwell)
How did she get that bruise on her
face!?
MAXWELL
None of your God damn business!
John. Just worry about the filming.
SHARON
If she fucks up again, I’m going!
I’ve had enough of her bull shit.
MAXWELL
Oh shut the fuck up Sharon!
Maxwell points to the filing cabinet.
MAXWELL (CONT'D)
Just get over there!
8.
Sharon walks to the filing cabinet, irate.
Maxwell and John’s eyes bitterly meet. Victoria grabs hold of
John’s arm.
VICTORIA
Later, John.
JOHN
(to Victoria)
He’s an ass hole Victoria. You
can’t let him do this to you.
MAXWELL
(sarcastically)
Listen to Victoria, John. Get back
to the camera and do what I pay you
to do.
John, infuriated, is tempted to take a swing.
Victoria grabs his arm. John looks to her.
VICTORIA
John, Don’t! He’s not worth it!
MAXWELL
(impatient)
Let’s start filming, John!
John vindictively looks to Maxwell, anger mounting; Victoria
walks off the set.
JOHN
Don’t you ever lay a fuckin’ hand
on Victoria again. I’m warning
you.
MAXWELL
Watch your mouth. I pay your wages.
Just shut the fuck up and get back
behind that camera.
John returns to the camera, bitterly stares at Maxwell, who
ignores him.
MAXWELL (CONT'D)
Take two!
Sharon bends down, opens the bottom drawer of the filing
cabinet.
EXT. DARK STREET CORNER - LATER
Suzanne steps out of the black sedan, straightens her shabby
dress. She holds a ten dollar note.
9.
She slams the door. The car screeches off; She looks at the
note.
SUZANNE
Ass hole. A lousy ten bucks.
She slips the note down the front of her dress and heads
towards the Alley.
INT. MAXWELL'S HOUSE - BEDROOM - MORNING
Victoria slowly gets up from the king size bed, tries not to
wake Maxwell then grabs her clothes off the floor.
She heads for to the lounge room; bedroom room door is open.
INT. LOUNGE ROOM - CONTINUOUS
Victoria looks back and gently shuts the bedroom door.
She walks over to the lounge, dresses, then grabs her bag and
cell phone off the coffee table.
She walks over to the front door, quietly opens it, exits
then shuts it.
EXT. MAXWELL’S HOUSE - CONTINUOUS
Victoria steps down the stairs; dials out on her cell phone.
A cab approaches. She hails it down; begins her phone
conversation. Cab does a U-turn.
VICTORIA
(into phone)
Hi. It’s me.
The cab nears.
VICTORIA (CONT'D)
(into phone)
Can I come around?
The cab stops, victoria opens the door.
VICTORIA (CONT'D)
(into phone)
I’ll be there in 10.
Victoria steps into the cab, closes the door. The cab drives
off.
10.
EXT. ALLEY WAY - MORNING
Roger sleeps on a stack of cardboard, Janet by his side;
Suzanne lights the fire; The other homeless are huddled
together, near the dumpster.
Roger wakes, notices Suzanne, sits up, grabs his bottle and
takes a swig.
ROGER
Hoy? How mush ya make last night?
Janet wakes to the sound of his voice, begins to cough.
JANET
Let her be, Roger.
Suzanne walks over to Janet.
SUZANNE
(to Roger)
Nothing! No one out there!
Janet holds on to her ten dollar note, she discreetly places
it in Janet’s hand.
SUZANNE (CONT'D)
(whispering)
Please, get something for that
cough.
Janet lovingly looks to Suzanne, whispers.
JANET
No, you keep it.
ROGER
(curious)
What are ya two up to?
JANET
mom and daughter talk.
Janet Lovingly squeezes Suzanne’s hand. Suzanne stands.
ROGER
(to Suzanne)
You’d betta go make some money gal
or we’ll starve.
Suzanne gives him a look of total disappointment.
SUZANNE
You could try looking after
yourself, and mom.
11.
ROGER
Ya ungrateful wench. We’ve looked
after ya all these years. It’s pay
back time, ya know.
Janet looks to Roger than to Suzanne. Roger heads for the
fire.
JANET
(Coughing)
Pay no heed to him. He’s just an
old man.
Suzanne helps Janet up.
ROGER
I hurd dat.
Suzanne and Janet walk over to the fire, outstretch their
hands to feel the warmth.
Roger sits near the fire; takes a swig from the bottle.
JANET
(to Suzanne)
I’ll hit the street with you today,
two beggars may get more attention.
Suzanne grabs hold of Janet, as she has a coughing fit.
SUZANNE
No mom. You’d better stay here.
You’re not well enough.
JANET
(reassuring)
Nonsense! I’ll be alright!
Suzanne hugs Janet.
SUZANNE
I love you mom.
Janet responds with a smile. Roger looks on.
ROGER
Wishy-washy stuff! Women!
Suzanne looks towards the homeless and Roger; shakes her head
in disgust.
Janet looks to Suzanne.
JANET
Don’t think bad of them, Suzanne.
They’re happy. They really are.
12.
SUZANNE
They can’t be! There is so much
out there to see! Why can’t they
see that?
JANET
They’ve all been out there child.
This is just what they prefer.
SUZANNE
I don’t understand.
JANET
There is nothing to understand.
Suzanne shakes her head in disappointment.
JANET (CONT'D)
Shall we hit the street?
Suzanne reluctantly grabs Janet’s arm.
SUZANNE
Are you sure you want to come?
Janet looks to the homeless.
JANET
Yeah, they need us.
Suzanne looks to Roger, who appears in a gaze, holding on to
his bottle.
She grabs Janet’s arm.
SUZANNE
Let’s go then.
They head down the Alley; Roger watches them.
ROGER
Bring back some booze!
INT. JOHN’S APARTMENT - MORNING
John and Victoria are huddled on the lounge, a glass in hand.
JOHN
I want you to move in with me, Vic.
VICTORIA
I do too, but I don’t know how!
JOHN
I’ll tell him.
13.
Victoria, concerned, moves a little away from John.
VICTORIA
He’d kill you! I’ve been with him
since I was 14! He thinks he owns
me.
JOHN
But, I love you Victoria. I want
us to be together.
Victoria takes a swig of her scotch, empties her glass then
reaches for the bottle; John grabs hold of her arm.
JOHN (CONT'D)
You’ve had enough, Victoria.
Victoria’s eyes begins to well.
VICTORIA
It eases the pain.
They lovingly look each other in the eyes.
John moves closer, gently takes the glass from of her hand
and places it on the table.
his hand lovingly caresses her cheek, then slides it slowly
behind her neck, drawing Victoria close to his mouth. He
passionately kisses her.
INT. MAXWELL'S HOUSE - LOUNGE ROOM - AFTERNOON
Maxwell sits on the lounge; reads a script.
Victoria, a little drunk, enters the room through the front
door, stumbling.
Maxwell, furious, looks to Victoria, slams the script on the
coffee table.
MAXWELL
Where the fuck have you been?
She walks past Maxwell, heads for the bedroom.
Maxwell, infuriated, stands. He walks to Victoria, forcefully
grabs her arm.
MAXWELL (CONT'D)
I said, where have you been?
Victoria looks as if she couldn’t give a damn.
14.
VICTORIA
None of your darn business! You
don’t own me, Maxwell!
Victoria tries to shrug Maxwell’s hold.
VICTORIA (CONT'D)
Let go of me!
Maxwell slaps her. Victoria straightens with pride.
VICTORIA (CONT'D)
Are you done?
Maxwell raises his hand once more.
Victoria eggs him on, turning the other cheek.
VICTORIA (CONT'D)
Go on! Go on tough guy!
Maxwell is outraged but refrains from slapping.
MAXWELL
You inconsiderate whore. Who got
you off the streets? Hey? Me!
And this is the thanks I get.
VICTORIA
Piss off, Maxwell! You’ve never
cared about me! All you’ve ever
wanted was a free lay, and someone
to manipulate!
Maxwell pushes her on the shoulders in disgust, spits on the
ground.
MAXWELL
You disgust me.
Victoria stumbles, then regains her balance. She proceeds to
enter the bedroom, slamming the door behind her.
Maxwell, aggravated, grabs his car keys off the coffee table,
then storms towards the front door. He opens it, exits and
slams it shut.
EXT. MAIN STREET, CITY - AFTERNOON
Janet and Suzanne are begging, on the main shopping stretch,
by the side of the road. They approach as many passerby as
possible.
Janet is coughing.
A MAN walks by.
15.
SUZANNE
Please, sir spare a dollar. My mom
is very ill.
The man stops; overwhelmed by Suzanne’s beauty. He smiles,
opens his wallet then hands Suzanne a ten dollar note.
SUZANNE (CONT'D)
(startled)
Thank you kindly, sir.
The man, nods, smiles and walks off.
JANET
(coughing)
You certainly are an attractive
woman Suzanne.
SUZANNE
(giggling)
Cut it out.
An ELDERLY MAN approaches; Suzanne puts on her sad look.
The man gazes, but does not stop.
ELDERLY MAN
Get a job!
Janet has a coughing fit, losing her footing in the gutter.
Suzanne, her back facing the street, grabs hold of her.
A small crowd gathers around, but offers no help.
A luxurious silver car pulls, tries to park, Janet and
Suzanne are in the way. The tinted passenger side window
opens; Maxwell sits in the driver seat.
MAXWELL
(yelling)
Get off the bloody road! You bunch
of no hopers! Beg somewhere else!
Suzanne turns around, infuriated.
SUZANNE
Back off! Can’t you see an old
woman is in trouble?!
Maxwell does a double take, staring at Suzanne. He leaves
the car badly parked and steps out. He walks over to Suzanne
and Janet.
Maxwell looks to the crowd then to Suzanne.
16.
MAXWELL
(courteously pretending)
I apologize for my rudeness.
Anything I can do? Is she alright?
Suzanne looks up, feeling a little embarrassed about her last
remark.
SUZANNE
My mother has just collapsed, she’s
ill.
Maxwell grabs hold of Janet’s arm.
MAXWELL
(courteously pretending)
Let me help you up.
Suzanne smiles and helps Maxwell get Janet on her feet.
The crowd dissipates.
MAXWELL (CONT'D)
(courteously pretending)
Are you sure you’re alright? Would
you like me to call an ambulance?
JANET
I am fine thank you, just tripped.
Maxwell pulls out a business card and a 20 dollar note. He
hands it to Suzanne.
MAXWELL
(courteously pretending)
Please take this, it’s not much.
Suzanne looks to Maxwell.
SUZANNE
Thank you.
Suzanne looks a little confused, stares at the card, placed
on top of the money, then back to Maxwell.
Maxwell, astounded, stares at Suzanne. Suzanne peruses the
card once more and looks to Maxwell.
SUZANNE (CONT'D)
Are you rally a movie producer?
Maxwell smiles and nods.
SUZANNE (CONT'D)
Wow, I’ve never met a real, movie
producer before.
17.
MAXWELL
(courteously pretending)
And I have never seen such beauty
before.
Suzanne blushes as Janet smiles and coughs.
MAXWELL (CONT'D)
Would you be interested in trying
out for a small part? There is
something about you that fascinates
me.
Suzanne, bewildered looks to Janet then to Maxwell.
SUZANNE
Are you having me on?
MAXWELL
Not at all.
Maxwell looks to both, shaking his head apologetically.
MAXWELL (CONT'D)
(courteously pretending)
Oh! Where are my manners?
He outstretches his hand.
MAXWELL (CONT'D)
(to Suzanne)
My name is Maxwell Bentow, and
yours?
Suzanne wipes her hand on the side of her frock, then shakes
Maxwell’s hand.
SUZANNE
Suzanne.
Maxwell looks to Suzanne, expecting more.
SUZANNE (CONT'D)
Just Suzanne!
Suzanne looks to Janet.
SUZANNE (CONT'D)
And, this is my mother.
Maxwell extends his hand to Janet. Janet smiles,
outstretches her hand, shakes Maxwell’s.
MAXWELL
You have a very beautiful daughter.
18.
JANET
Thank you.
MAXWELL
(to Suzanne)
Are you interested?
Suzanne looks to Janet. Janet excitedly nods in approval.
SUZANNE
(to Maxwell)
I suppose!
MAXWELL
Could you spare me some time,
tomorrow? Let’s say 12:00? We’ll
have a chat.
Janet’s eyes widen with excitement.
JANET
(to Maxwell)
Of course, she can!
MAXWELL
Tomorrow it is.
Maxwell walks back to the car, opens the driver side door,
steps in, drives off.
Both watch the car disappear, in the traffic. Suzanne looks
to Janet.
SUZANNE
What just happened?
Janet places her hand on Suzanne’s cheek.
JANET
With a pretty face like yours, it
was only a matter of time before
you got noticed child.
Suzanne grabs hold of Janet’s arm; Janet coughs. They walk
20 metres or so and stop. A MAN nears them; Suzanne begins to
beg.
INT. PORN STUDIO - AFTERNOON
John prepares the studio lights, for a new shoot.
Maxwell walks in, exhilarated.
MAXWELL
Looks great, John.
19.
JOHN
(startled, sarcastic)
What? Not like you, to be in a
happy mood!
MAXWELL
I have found my next porn star! Her
name is, Suzanne! She’s coming in
tomorrow, for a trial.
JOHN
You’re letting Victoria go?
Maxwell walks over to his office, turns to John and smirks,
before entering.
MAXWELL
No!
JOHN
(angrily)
I want to talk to you about
Victoria.
Maxwell enters and closes the door, ignoring him. John walks
over to the door, to open it, hesitantly stops then walks
away.
JOHN (CONT'D)
Fuck him. Ignorant bastard!
EXT. ALLEY WAY - EVENING
Janet and Suzanne walk down the Alley. They approach the
fire. Suzanne holds two shopping bags; Janet a bottle. They
near the fire where Roger sits drinking.
ROGER
My favorite gals are back.
He clumsily stands; Janet gives him a bottle of whisky.
SUZANNE
(mimicking in soft tone)
My favorite gals are back. As If
you care.
ROGER
Done well I see. Wot’s in the
other bags?
Suzanne pulls out a loaf of bread and a bag of sausages.
SUZANNE
(sarcastically)
Dinner! As always!
20.
Suzanne still holds another bag; Roger points to it; Janet
coughs.
ROGER
Wot’s in that bag?
JANET
(coughing)
It’s hers. Let her be Roger!
SUZANNE
(concerned)
Go and sit down mom.
Roger steps up, snatches the bag out of Suzanne’s hand.
ROGER
Gimme a look!
He opens it, pulling out a plain blue frock.
ROGER (CONT'D)
Wot’s this?
Roger, lays the frock on himself; calls out to the homeless.
ROGER (CONT'D)
Looka here. Our little princess has
a new frock.
The homeless laugh.
JANET
Enough Roger!
Janet snatches it and gives it back to Suzanne.
JANET (CONT'D)
It’s hers. Just go drink and shut
up.
Suzanne’s eyes begin to well.
SUZANNE
Why do you...
Janet grabs hold of her arm.
JANET
Ignore him, child.
Roger drops his eyes for a moment, reflecting.
SUZANNE
(to Roger)
Why can’t you ever be happy for me?
21.
(MORE)
I don’t want to live like this
anymore.
JANET
Suzanne!
Suzanne looks to Janet, teary eyed.
SUZANNE
(insisting)
What? I don’t mom. There’s a big
world out there. I want a home, a
family and nice clothes.
Roger is a little put back.
ROGER
We’re not good enough for ya?
JANET
Roger, please!
Suzanne looks to Roger, Janet still holding on to her arm.
SUZANNE
I love you all, but I have a chance
get a job. A real job.
Suzanne cries. Janet hugs her.
ROGER
A job? No one gives the homeless a
second look. Ya’re dreamin’ gal!
Janet sadly looks to Roger; Roger mellows, drops his eyes,
turns and walks towards the homeless.
ROGER (CONT'D)
She’ll break ya heart, Janet. I
warned ya!
SUZANNE
What’s he on about?
JANET
Nothing, child! Nothing!
INT. MAXWELL'S HOUSE - BEDROOM - EVENING
Victoria’s night light is on. Maxwell asleep, snores.
Victoria stands by the bed, dressed in pyjamas, looking to
him in disgust.
She slowly and quietly opens her side draw, reaches for a
small gun, keeping her eyes on Maxwell. She pulls out the
gun and aims it towards Maxwell’s head. Victoria holds her
breath as she aims, hands shaking.
22.
SUZANNE (CONT'D)
Maxwell, asleep, stirs and turns, his face facing Victoria.
Victoria eyes begin to well. She lowers the gun, looking
deflated, cowardly replaces it in her draw then closes it;
keeping Maxwell in sight.
In tears, she stares a moment longer; carefully turns her
sheet, as not to wake Maxwell.
She gently slips into bed, stays as close to the edge as
possible, her back facing Maxwell.
She extends her arm, switches off her night light then gazes
in the dark, tears streaming down her cheek.
EXT. ALLEY WAY - EVENING
Suzanne tries on her new blue frock, parading in front of
Janet, away from the others.
SUZANNE
How do I look?
JANET
Beautiful.
Janet picks up a bucket full of water, placed near her legs.
JANET (CONT'D)
Time to wash your hair.
Roger, in the distance, looks on; as Janet takes a look back
then looks to Suzanne.
JANET (CONT'D)
(avowing)
Roger was right. You will, look
like a princess!
Suzanne’s eyes light up, as she smiles.
INT. BEDROOM - MORNING
Maxwell, dressed, walks over to the bed; Victoria is asleep.
He takes hold of Victoria’s arm and pulls her out of bed.
Victoria,asleep, awakens startled.
VICTORIA
What are you doing?
Maxwell grabs her long hair, pulls it, as he drags her up.
Victoria holds on to her hair in pain, and tries to fight him
off.
23.
VICTORIA (CONT'D)
Let go of my hair! What is wrong
with you?
Maxwell drags her towards the bathroom door. Victoria, holds
on to her hair, screaming.
MAXWELL
Get in there, you’re staying home,
today!
VICTORIA
What are you on about? Aaaah! Let
me go!
Maxwell pushes her in, locks the door behind her.
VICTORIA (O.S.) (CONT'D)
(Screaming)
Let me out! You, Ass hole! Let me
out!
He pulls out the key; Victoria bangs on the door. (O.S)
VICTORIA (CONT'D)
(yelling)
What is going on? Let me out!
Maxwell! Open this door!
Victoria bangs on the door.(O.S); Maxwell throws the key on
the bed, as he walks out of the bedroom.
MAXWELL (O.S.)
(Sarcastically)
When I get home!
VICTORIA
Maxwell!
The front door slams.
EXT. ALLEY WAY - MORNING
Suzanne hugs Janet; They stand near the fire; Roger looks on.
SUZANNE
I’m nervous.
JANET
You’ll do fine!
Roger walks over to Janet, placing his arm around her.
Janet looks to him, curiously; Suzanne anticipates a wicked
comment and crosses her arms.
24.
ROGER
She scrubs up alright, don’t she?
Suzanne shocked at his comment, relaxes her arms, in
disbelief, looks to Janet. Janet shrugs her shoulders, with a
smile.
ROGER (CONT'D)
Good luck, gal.
Suzanne, startled, walks over to give him a kiss; Roger takes
a step back, shaking his hand in front of his face.
ROGER (CONT'D)
Nuh! nuh! We’ll have none of that.
Janet and Suzanne giggle. Roger turns and walks back to the
fire.
SUZANNE
What’s got into him?
Janet fluffs Suzanne’s hair. Suzanne kisses Janet on the
cheek.
JANET
He cares about you. He just doesn’t
know how to show it.
Suzanne takes a quick look towards Roger.
JANET (CONT'D)
Come on girl. Get going. Don’t want
to be late for your appointment.
Suzanne smiles and heads down the Alley; Janet looks on,
smiling. Suzanne, half way down, turns around and waves;
Janet, waves back.
INT. PORN STUDIO - MAXWELL’S OFFICE
Maxwell sits behind his desk. Awards of various movie titles
are placed on the walls.
He looks to his watch; it’s 11:58. He stands and walks to the
open office door.
INT. PORN STUDIO - CONTINUOUS
Maxwell steps into the studio.
MAXWELL
John?
John enters the studio.
25.
JOHN
What?
MAXWELL
What time do you make it?
John looks to his watch.
JOHN
Almost 12.
As John looks up, Suzanne enters the room.
John’s eyes widen in disbelief, takes a good second look,
then looks back to Maxwell.
Maxwell lightly chuckles; Suzanne appears a little nervous.
SUZANNE
Am I late?
John is dumbfounded.
MAXWELL
Pretty, isn’t she?
He proceeds to introduce Suzanne.
MAXWELL (CONT'D)
John, this is Suzanne.
John outstretches his hand; Suzanne shakes it.
SUZANNE
Hello John. Nice meet you.
JOHN
Pleasure, -- Suzanne.
John takes a quick baffled look to Maxwell who returns a
cunning grin.
MAXWELL
(to Suzanne)
John is my cameraman.
Suzanne smiles and nods. John looks to Maxwell, concerned.
JOHN
Where’s Victoria? We were suppose
to go over a few props?
Maxwell shows Suzanne to his office, ignoring John’s
question.
JOHN (CONT'D)
Maxwell? Where’s Victoria?
26.
INT. PORN STUDIO - MAXWELLS OFFICE - CONTINUOUS
Maxwell closes the door.
MAXWELL
Please sit.
Suzanne sits, nervously fiddle with her hair. Maxwell walks
over to his chair and sits.
MAXWELL (CONT'D)
A little nervous, are we?
Suzanne drops her hand on her lap, sits up straight.
SUZANNE
(low tone)
A little.
Maxwell picks up a script off the table, passes it to
Suzanne.
Suzanne takes the script, looks at the title page: ”Amy
screws up, again”.
Suzanne pulls a strange face.
SUZANNE (CONT'D)
What’s this for?
MAXWELL
I would like you to read, the “Amy”
character lines, for me.
Suzanne quickly flicks through the script.
SUZANNE
There’s over 30 pages.
Maxwell smiles and sits back in his chair, placing his hands
behind his neck.
MAXWELL
The lines are pretty simple. But
there’s a lot of action.
Suzanne opens to the first page, silently peruses the
script, looks up to Maxwell, a little shocked.
SUZANNE
What sort of movie is this?
Maxwell sits up, stands then walks over to Suzanne; She
nervously watches his every move.
27.
He swivels her chair towards himself, kneels in front of her,
takes the script from her hands, placing it on the table.
He takes hold of her hands, cups them, then gently places
them on her laps. Suzanne is a little uncomfortable.
MAXWELL
All great actors start from the
bottom. Wouldn’t you agree? -- And
sometimes, with the most demeaning
roles.
Maxwell holds her hands firmly, slowly sliding them up her
thighs; Her dress rides up.
He looks her in the eyes.
MAXWELL (CONT'D)
Do you have what it takes,
Suzanne?
Suzanne silently gulps; Maxwell lifts his hands and stands.
Suzanne, nervous, quickly pulls down her dress and looks to
Maxwell.
SUZANNE
I, I think so.
Maxwell responds in a loud happy voice.
MAXWELL
Good! I’ll have John bring in some
prop dresses for you to try on.
Then we’ll act out the script
together in the studio!
Maxwell walks over to the door, opens it and walks out,
closing it behind him.
Suzanne, nervous, rubs her sweaty hands on her dress, then
fidgets with her hair, as she looks around the room.
John and Maxwell speak loudly, in the studio.
Suzanne listens attentively.
JOHN (O.S)
(filtered through door)
She’s not answering her phone.
MAXWELL (O.S.)
(filtered through door)
I have no idea where she is, just
get me those props.
The door opens, Maxwell walks in, smiling.
28.
MAXWELL (CONT'D)
John is picking out a couple of
dresses. Would you like a scotch
while we wait?
Suzanne jumps to the idea.
SUZANNE
Yes, please!
Maxwell fills two glasses, hands one to Suzanne, lifts his
glass and drinks; Suzanne nervously copies.
John opens the door, carrying a few frocks.
JOHN
Here! Where do you want them?
Maxwell points to an empty chair and stands.
MAXWELL
Get the set organized for Amy’s”
bedroom scene. We’ll be out
shortly.
John places the dresses on the chair then glances towards
Suzanne. He silently walks out the office and closes the
door.
SUZANNE
(To Maxwell)
Is something the matter with John?
Maxwell picks one of the frocks, ignores Suzanne’s question.
MAXWELL
This will fit you, perfectly.
He walks to Suzanne, who stands, hands her a french maids
uniform; Suzanne takes it.
MAXWELL (CONT'D)
There are shoes out in the studio
that will suit this dress. Get
dressed and meet me in the studio.
SUZANNE
Sure.
Maxwell turns around, walks to the door, opens it, steps out
and closes it.
Suzanne looks at the nothingness of the frock; Her eyes
widen in disbelief.
She places the frock on her chair and unzips her dress.
29.
INT. MAXWELL'S HOUSE - BATHROOM
Two tablet containers are in the wash basin, a few loose
tablets remain.
The vanity mirror above the sink, has been smashed; corners
remain in the frame; Fragments of the mirror are in the
basin.
Victoria’s reflection is visible in the shattered bottom left
hand corner of the mirror; She lies in the bath, naked and
motionless, water covering her breasts.
Her left hand, holds onto a large shard of mirror, rests on
the side of the bath; No blood is visible.
Rustling of keys in the lock.(O.S)
The door opens, Maxwell walks in, stepping on the mirror
pieces.
He notices Victoria, rushes to the bath, with a look of
horror.
MAXWELL
Victoria?
He kneels beside the bath.
Maxwell carefully, takes the shard from Victoria’s hand,
placing it on the floor. He examines her arms, satisfies
himself that she has not slit her wrist.
He places his fingers on her neck, reassuringly feeling a
pulse.
Maxwell looks around, notices the empty pill containers on
the basin then looks to Victoria.
MAXWELL (CONT'D)
You stupid bitch!
He lifts her out of the bath, carries her to the bedroom.
INT. BEDROOM - CONTINUOUS
Maxwell places Victoria on the bed. He grabs the side of the
bedspread and drags it over her.
Maxwell pulls out his cell phone, dials emergency; phone
answers.
MAXWELL
(into phone)
I need an ambulance!
30.
(MORE)
(Beat)
Don’t worry about my name! There’s
been a suicide attempt!
Maxwell bends over Victoria, feeling her pulse.
MAXWELL (CONT'D)
(into phone)
A drug overdose!
(Beat)
Four Silver pine dr.
(Beat)
That’s correct!
EXT. ALLEY WAY - DAY
Suzanne sits next to Janet, leaning against a graffiti wall,
away from the others.
JANET
Tell me again Suzanne. This is so
exciting.
Suzanne, sadly looks as Janet coughs then begins to tell.
SUZANNE
(exaggerated enthusiasm)
Maxwell is such a nice man. He
thinks I can go all the way to the
top.
(Beat)
He likes my features, and I start
tomorrow!
(Beat)
He is even picking me up.
Suzanne day dreams.
SUZANNE (CONT'D)
Imagine mom, a weekly pay!
JANET
(coughing)
I am so proud of you, Suzanne!
Suzanne looks to Janet, grabbing her hand.
SUZANNE
(concerned)
You are seeing a doctor, as soon as
I make my first pay cheque.
JANET
(adamantly)
No, child! I told you the other
day: I’ll see no-one!
31.
MAXWELL (CONT'D)
SUZANNE
Mom, please, you have to. You’re
all I have.
Janet looks to Suzanne.
JANET
(hesitating)
There is something, I need to tell
you, Suzanne.
Roger, bottle in hand, walks over; Janet sees him
approaching, changes the subject.
JANET (CONT'D)
(To Roger)
Let Suzanne tell you, about today.
Roger clumsily sits down, next to Janet.
ROGER
How d’ya go gal?
SUZANNE
(Stands up)
Mom can tell you!
Roger looks to Janet; Suzanne walks over to the fire.
ROGER
Wot’s wrong with ‘er?
Roger and Janet follow her with their eyes.
JANET
She’s worried about me!
ROGER
I’m worried about ya too!
JANET
We’re going to have to tell her!
ROGER
Why? No need!
Janet’s eyes begin to well, looks over towards Suzanne then
to Roger.
JANET
She needs to know.
Roger places his hand on Janet’s.
ROGER
No need!
32.
He kisses her on the cheek.
INT. JOHN’S APARTMENT - AFTERNOON
John sits on the lounge; dials his cell phone. The phone
answers.
JOHN
(on phone)
Hey sweetheart, where are you?
(frowns)
Who’s this?
(concerned)
The hospital? What’s happened? Is
she alright?
John stands and listens, grabs his keys off the table then
heads for the front door.
JOHN (CONT'D)
(on phone)
I’ll be right there, thank you.
John places the phone in his pocket, exits the front door.
EXT. ALLEY WAY - AFTERNOON
Suzanne walks down the alley, holding a bag in her arms.
Janet Walks over to her.
SUZANNE
I didn’t get much, but it should
do.
Janet takes the bag.
JANET
You sit, I’ll prepare the food.
SUZANNE
No, I’ll do it. You rest.
Suzanne takes the bag, takes out a peach, hands it to Janet.
SUZANNE (CONT'D)
Something special. For you.
Janet takes the peach and smiles.
JANET
Oh, thank you. I’ll share it.
SUZANNE
No! -- You have it.
33.
Janet kisses Suzanne on the cheek.
SUZANNE (CONT'D)
I know you love them.
Suzanne pulls out the bread and sausages from the bag.
SUZANNE (CONT'D)
I’ll go cook these. You sit and
enjoy it.
Janet looks on as Suzanne heads for the fire.
Suzanne places the sausages onto the wire grill, placed over
the fire.
Roger, out of character, walks over and helps.
He takes the bag from Suzanne and takes out the loaf of
sliced bread.
Suzanne looks to him a little baffled.
ROGER
Can I help?
SUZANNE
Sure!
Roger glances over to Janet, who is admiring her peach.
He looks back to Suzanne.
ROGER
You have a heart of gold, child.
Suzanne looks to Roger, completely shocked by his comment.
ROGER (CONT'D)
Janet’s right, you’re very special.
Suzanne holds back tears and gently smacks Roger on the arm.
SUZANNE
It’s that rotten booze talking
again.
Roger smiles
ROGER
Yeah, must be!
He lovingly looks to Suzanne, gently kisses her on the cheek,
fatherly like.
34.
ROGER (CONT'D)
We love ya child and we are very
proud of ya.
Suzanne wipes her cheek.
SUZANNE
Cut it out. I love you guys too.
Suzanne turns the sausages over, then calls out to the
homeless.
SUZANNE (CONT'D)
Alright guys, dinner’s ready!
The homeless gather around the fire, except for Janet.
With Roger’s help, Suzanne deals out the sausages and bread.
ROGER
I’ll take Janet’s over to her.
SUZANNE
Sure!
Roger walks over, sits next to Janet. Suzanne looks on.
INT. MAXWELL'S HOUSE - BEDROOM - EVENING
Maxwell lies pensive, on the bed.
Sharon sexually sits on top of him; top bed sheet tucked
around her waist.
Maxwell looks disinterested and pushes Sharon off.
She sits by his side and comments warily, as she pulls the
sheets to her breasts.
SHARON
What’s the matter baby?
MAXWELL
Nothing!
SHARON
(hesitantly)
Where’s Victoria?
MAXWELL
Don’t ask stupid questions!
Sharon is a little annoyed with the last remark.
SHARON
I am not stupid!
35.
Maxwell looks to Sharon and cunningly smiles.
MAXWELL
Of course you’re not!
Maxwell grabs hold of Sharon’s hair and pulls her gently
over, but with a little force, lifts the covers and guides
her head, beneath the sheets.
MAXWELL (CONT'D)
(reassuring)
You’re the best, Sharon. You’re
the best.
Maxwell gently drops his head, back onto the pillow.
Sharon's head bobs under the sheet.
Maxwell’s hand holds her head down.
MAXWELL (CONT'D)
(pleasurably moans)
Oh yeah, baby. Ah! That’s it!
INT. HOSPITAL - VICTORIA’S ROOM - LATER
Victoria is asleep, John by her side.
A NURSE JONES walks in the room.
NURSE JONES
Are you related?
JOHN
She’s my fiancee. Will she be
alright?
NURSE JONES
She’ll be fine.
The nurse turns to walk out.
JOHN
Nurse? Who brought her in?
NURSE JONES
The ambulance, no-one else
accompanied her.
John looks to the nurse.
JOHN
(inquisitively)
Where was she found?
36.
NURSE JONES
I don’t know.
JOHN
Thank you.
The nurse walks out. John pulls out his cell phone and dials.
INT. MAXWELL’S HOUSE - BEDROOM
Sharon lies next to Maxwell, who is awake, staring at the
ceiling.
His cell phone, placed on the bedside table, rings. He
reaches and takes the phone, sees it’s John’s number.
MAXWELL
(into phone)
Yes John! What’s up?
Maxwell sits up, to listen.
MAXWELL (CONT'D)
Yes, I know! I rang the ambulance!
Sharon sits up and tries to make out the conversation.
MAXWELL (CONT'D)
No, I’m not. I’ll call past the
hospital, in the morning.
Maxwell is getting annoyed.
MAXWELL (CONT'D)
Look John, I haven’t got the time.
(Beat)
Victoria is in safe hands. I’ll
drop in the hospital in the
morning. And I’ll see you in the
studio tomorrow!
Maxwell tosses the phone on the bedside table.
SHARON
Is something wrong with victoria?
Maxwell gets out of bed. He dons his gown.
MAXWELL
Don’t worry about Victoria.
SHARON
Is she in hospital?
MAXWELL
I said don’t worry about her.
37.
Sharon is taken by surprise.
SHARON
Am I taking her place?
MAXWELL
(sarcastically laughs)
Are you kidding?
SHARON
What are you laughing about? I’m
better than her! I’ve always been
better than her!
Maxwell ignores her comment and snickers.
MAXWELL
Get dressed Sharon. Go home!
SHARON
(furious)
Go home? When are you going to
tell her about us?
MAXWELL
Us? There is no, us!
She steps out of bed and picks her clothes, off the floor.
SHARON
You are an Ass hole, Maxwell.
Maxwell walks out of the bedroom and enters the lounge room,
ignoring her.
Sharon dresses, follows Maxwell into the lounge room.
INT. LOUNGEROOM - CONTINUOUS
Sharon walks in, straightening her dress. She nears Maxwell.
SHARON
I’m your girl! You’ve told me so!
Maxwell pours a glass of scotch; Sharon gently places her
hand on his arm.
SHARON (CONT'D)
Look at me!
Maxwell ignores her.
SHARON (CONT'D)
I’m the star! I’ve always been the
star!
38.
Maxwell turns around.
MAXWELL
(amused)
A star? You’re just a two bit whore
I picked up, off the streets.
Sharon swings her arm aiming for Maxwell’s face, fuming.
Maxwell blocks her, grabs her arm.
SHARON
(bitterly)
And Victoria’s better? You also
found her on the street!
Sharon shakes Maxwell’s hold, walks to the lounge, grabs her
shoes and handbag.
SHARON (CONT'D)
Fuck you!
Maxwell looks, as Sharon storms towards the front door.
MAXWELL
Make sure you’re on time, tomorrow!
Sharon opens the door.
SHARON (O.S.)
Fuck you!
She steps out and slams it.
EXT. ALLEY WAY - NIGHT
Susanne lies on flattened cardboard boxes; rags under her
head for a pillow; covered by an old dirty blanket.
She turns her head towards the dying fire, eyes wondering to
Janet, who lies next to Roger.
Suzanne watches the dying flames illuminate Janet’s face.
She looks lovingly and smiles.
SUZANNE
(uttering silently)
I’ll look after you.
Her eyelids get heavier. She falls asleep.
INT. HOSPITAL - VICTORIA’S ROOM - NIGHT
Victoria lies on her hospital bed, asleep; John takes hold of
her hand.
39.
Victoria slowly opens her eyes and smiles.
JOHN
How are you feeling?
Victoria glances around the room.
VICTORIA
Is he here?
JOHN
No.
She looks to John.
JOHN (CONT'D)
Why try to kill yourself? You
know, I couldn’t live without you!
VICTORIA
I can’t do it anymore, John.
John places his hand on her cheek, concerned.
JOHN
There may be a way out!
VICTORIA
(confused)
What do you mean?
JOHN
Maxwell brought this new girl in
today, for a trial run. He has
plans for her.
John grabs her hand, smiling.
JOHN (CONT'D)
She has your looks, maybe Maxwell
is looking at replacing you.
Victoria shakes her head, in denial.
VICTORIA
HUH? Yeah right!
JOHN
I am serious. Why not?
VICTORIA
Him and his twisted mind? No
chance.
40.
EXT. ALLEY WAY - ENTRANCE - MORNING
Suzanne waits by the entrance of the Alley way, dressed in
her blue frock; looks to her shabby watch.
SUZANNE
I hope he hasn’t forgotten me. He’s
late.
She attentively looks at the cars that drive passed, then
notices Maxwell’s luxurious silver car drive towards her. It
stops, Maxwell opens the passenger door.
MAXWELL
Sorry, I’m late. Had to visit
someone at the hospital.
Suzanne steps in the car.
SUZANNE
Are they alright?
MAXWELL
Yeah, yeah, she’s fine.
Suzanne closes the door. Maxwell drives off.
INT. PORN STUDIO
Sharon paces the studio.
Steve leans against Maxwell’s office door, laughing as he
watches her.w
Sharon stops and faces him.
SHARON
(fuming)
Will you quit that stupid hyena
laugh of yours!
STEVE
Quit pacing. You’re making me
laugh.
SHARON
He is half an hour late! He would
fire us if we did the same!
Maxwell enters the room, as she finishes her sentence.
MAXWELL
Talking about me? Sharon?
41.
Sharon turns around,totally flabbergasted as she sees Suzanne
with Maxwell.
SHARON
Victoria? What happened to you?
Suzanne quickly turns around, thinking there must be someone
behind her, then looks to Maxwell, confused, then back to
Sharon.
SUZANNE
Who? Me?
Maxwell introduces her.
MAXWELL
Sharon! -- I would like you to meet
Suzanne, our new recruit.
Sharon stares, gaping.
SHARON
Who, what did you call her? Are you
having me on?
(to Suzanne)
What happened to you Victoria?
Tried to run away?
Suzanne looks to Maxwell even more confused.
MAXWELL
Don’t worry about Sharon, she’s a
little unstable.
SHARON
Me? Unstable?
(points to Suzanne)
look at her? She’s lost the plot
and you’re playing along with her.
Suzanne nods politely to Sharon, confused.
SUZANNE
Nice to meet you, Sharon.
Sharon crosses her arms, infuriated.
SHARON
Yeah, whatever!
Steve laughs silently as he watches Sharon.
Maxwell proceeds to introduce Suzanne to Steve.
MAXWELL
Suzanne, this is Steve. He is your
script partner.
42.
Steve, cheekily smiles and outstretches his hand; Suzanne
shakes it.
STEVE
It will be a pleasure to have you,
Suzanne!
Suzanne smiles, hesitantly.
Sharon looks evilly to Steve, shaking her head.
SHARON
Are you playing along with this
charade? Suzanne, my Ass.
Steve shrugs his shoulders and smiles.
SUZANNE
(curious)
Mr. Benton? Who is Victoria?
MAXWELL
No-one special. Alright guys, let’s
get started!
SHARON
(sarcastically)
No-one special, hey? well that’s
good to hear.
Maxwell looks to Sharon, as to shut her up.
MAXWELL
Get ready Sharon! get it through
your thick skull, this is not
Victoria.
Sharon looks to Suzanne, disgusted.
SHARON
Yeah, whatever.
MAXWELL
(looks around)
John! Are you ready!
JOHN (V.O.)
Yeah! Yeah! I’m coming!
John steps in the studio and walks over to the camera.
JOHN (CONT'D)
I’m ready!
43.
EXT. MAIN STREET, CITY
Janet is on her own, begging the main street; No-one pays
attention.
JANET
Spare a dollar, sir? Spare a
dollar, ma’am?
She coughs a few times, holding onto her chest.
A WOMAN walks by.
JANET (CONT'D)
Spare a dollar, ma’am?
The woman snobs her and keeps walking.
Janet has a coughing fit, collapses to the ground, in front
of a drug store; A MAN bends down, by her side.
MAN
Are you alright?
Janet has a hard time breathing.
MAN (CONT'D)
Someone call an ambulance!
The drug store SHOP OWNER steps out.
SHOP OWNER
I’ll call for an ambulance.
He runs back in; A small crowd gathers around Janet.
EXT. ALLEY WAY - LATE EVENING
Suzanne exits the taxi cab, closing the door.
The taxi drives off.
Suzanne, excited, walks down the Alley.
She nears the fire, looks around, sees Roger.
SUZANNE
Where’s mom?
Roger is drunk, too drunk to think.
ROGER
I dunno! I yaven’t seen ‘er since
mornin’?
44.
Suzanne looks to the others.
SUZANNE
Have any of you seen Janet?
They all mumble shaking their heads.
Suzanne is angry and frustrated.
SUZANNE (CONT'D)
Look at you all!
No-one pays attention. Suzanne is disgusted.
She turns and runs down the Alley, heading for the main
street.
EXT. MAIN STREET, CITY
Suzanne nears the location where her and Janet, had last
begged.
The majority of stores have closed, for the day.
Suzanne notices the drug store is still open, runs in; A LADY
is behind the counter.
SUZANNE
(out of breath)
Excuse me, did you see an elderly
lady begging outside your store
today?
LADY
No, I’m sorry, I didn’t.
The shop owner overhears and comes out of the store room.
SHOP OWNER
I did! We had to call an ambulance
for her. She collapsed outside our
front door.
SUZANNE
(frantic)
Oh my god!
Suzanne runs out and heads South.
INT. HOSPITAL - JANET’S ROOM
Nurse Jones tends to Janet, administers morphine.
Janet has a drip in place and is hooked up to breathing
equipment; her eyes are shut.
45.
Suzanne walks in, takes in what she sees, shocked.
She stands near the door. The nurse turns to her, with a
curious look, does a double take.
NURSE JONES
Come in, you must be, Suzanne?
Suzanne nods, stares at Janet.
NURSE JONES (CONT'D)
She’s been calling your name.
Suzanne’s eyes begin to well.
She makes her way cautiously to the bed, opposite side of the
nurse and takes hold of Janet’s hand.
SUZANNE
What’s wrong with her? Will she be
alright?
Suzanne looks to the nurse, who is writing on Janet’s chart.
NURSE JONES
She has tuberculosis. -- How long
has she been coughing?
Suzanne shakes her head in dismay, as she looks to Janet, her
eyes welling.
SUZANNE
Always.
SUZANNE (CONT'D)
(looks to the nurse)
What can you do for her?
NURSE JONES
I’ll get the doctor for you. He
will explain.
The nurse walks out, taking a incredulous look back at
Suzanne.
Janet slightly opens her eyes and notices Suzanne and smiles.
JANET
(Whispers)
Suzanne.
Suzanne looks her in the eyes and kisses her on the cheek,
tries to hold back tears.
SUZANNE
Hi mom.
46.
INT. HOSPITAL - VICTORIA’S ROOM
Victoria is on her bed, partially dazed; left hand playing
with the end of her hair; The door is open.
Maxwell walks in, unnoticed by Victoria and quietly closes
the door.
He stands at the end of the bed, and speaks in an uncaring
tone.
MAXWELL
All better I see!
Victoria, startled, draws the covers to her neck, replying in
disgust.
VICTORIA
As if you care. What are you doing
here?
Maxwell snickers and walks over to Victoria, places his hand
under her chin, lifts it.
Victoria shakes his hold, gazing bitterly.
VICTORIA (CONT'D)
Don’t touch me.
MAXWELL
Back to normal, I see.
VICTORIA
So what?
MAXWELL
Need you back at work.
VICTORIA
Why? John told me, you’ve found
fresh meat.
Maxwell shakes his head, showing fake disappointment.
MAXWELL PUSHES HER IN AND LOCKS THE
DOOR. BEHIND HER.VICTORIA
(sarcastic)
He has spoiled my surprise.
VICTORIA
Why don’t you just let me go,
Maxwell?
Maxwell laughs it off.
47.
MAXWELL
‘Cause I own you, Victoria.
Maxwell walks back to the end of her bed. Victoria follows
him with a death stare.
Victoria fights back her tears and takes in a big breath.
VICTORIA
Get out Maxwell! Get the hell out!
Maxwell snickers. He casually turns, walks towards the door,
opens it. He looks back to Victoria and winks.
MAXWELL
I own you! Remember that! I found
you and you’re mine.
He walks out, closing the door behind him.
Victoria covers her face and begins to cry.
INT. HOSPITAL - JANET’S ROOM
Nurse Jones walks in the room. Janet appears asleep.
NURSE JONES
Has the doctor been?
Suzanne’s eyes are red from crying.
SUZANNE
Yeah.
The nurse walks over to check the monitors.
SUZANNE (CONT'D)
Is she in pain?
NURSE JONES
No, we are administering morphine.
The nurse stares curiously at Suzanne.
NURSE JONES (CONT'D)
I know this is inappropriate,
Suzanne but, I have another patient
that was brought in yesterday,
and...
(Beat)
She looks so much like you!
Janet opens her eyes, sees Suzanne, smiles and utters.
JANET
Suzanne.
48.
SUZANNE
(looks to Janet)
Hi mom, I’m here.
NURSE JONES
I’ll be back a little later.
JANET
(to nurse)
No, wait.
The nurse walks to Janet’s bed side.
NURSE JONES
Do you need something, Janet?
JANET
(Coughing)
I overheard you telling Suzanne,
something about, someone who looks
like her?
NURSE JONES
I did!
Suzanne takes hold of Janet’s hand.
SUZANNE
It’s not important.
JANET
(to nurse)
Where is she? Can I see her?
SUZANNE
Mom, why?
NURSE JONES
Sure, I could arrange that!
SUZANNE
(annoyed)
Mom.
JANET
(to Suzanne)
It might be her!
SUZANNE
(confused look)
Who?
Janet looks straight into Suzanne’s eyes.
JANET
Your sister.
49.
SUZANNE
My, what?
Janet’s eyes begin to well.
JANET
(Coughing)
Your, twin sister!
Janet has a coughing fit; The nurse regulates her drip.
Suzanne speechless, looks on baffled.
NURSE JONES
She’ll sleep for a while.
Janet closes her eyes.
SUZANNE
Was she hallucinating?
NURSE JONES
Maybe. But I’ll honour her wish and
bring the patient in later. Will
you be staying for a while?
SUZANNE
Yes.
INT. PORN STUDIO - MAXWELLS OFFICE
Maxwell sits behind his desk, a little drunk.
John walks in.
JOHN
I’m going to the hospital to see
Victoria. Have you been to see
her?
MAXWELL
Yeah! She was sober!
John, disgusted in Maxwell’s comment, comments in
retaliation.
JOHN
You’re a prick. You’ve got her
going through this guilt trip.
She’s a grown woman, with feelings.
She doesn’t want or need you.
Maxwell stands in rage.
50.
MAXWELL
Don’t you fucking start! I got her
off the streets. I’ve looked after
her for the last 10 years. I own
that bitch!
John takes a step back.
JOHN
We’ll fuckin’ see about that!
Maxwell laughs. John storms out.
MAXWELL
Just make sure your ass is back in
here by six!
(loud Whisper)
Ass hole.
Maxwell picks up the scotch bottle from the table, unscrews
the lid and takes a swig.
He picks up the phone and dials out.
He sits back down, raising his feet onto the table.
MAXWELL (CONT'D)
(into phone)
Sharon, It’s Maxwell.
He takes another swig from the bottle.
MAXWELL (CONT'D)
(into phone)
Meet me at home, in 15 minutes,
naked.
He slams the phone down, taking another swig.
MAXWELL (CONT'D)
Fuck them! Fuck them all!
He stands and walks out.
INT. HOSPITAL - VICTORIA’S ROOM
Victoria is packing her bag; John walks in.
JOHN
I thought you were being discharged
tomorrow?
VICTORIA
I have discharged myself. I am not
going back to Maxwell.
51.
John is happy, but concerned. John places his hand on
Victoria’s arm.
JOHN
What are you going to tell him?
VICTORIA
Nothing! I’m going to disappear.
John is taken by surprise. Victoria zips up her bag.
JOHN
What do you mean? What about us?
Victoria looks to him, smiles lovingly.
VICTORIA
I assumed you’d come too.
INT. HOSPITAL - JANET’S ROOM
Roger walks into Janet’s room, taking in the situation.
Suzanne senses a presence and faces Roger, startled.
ROGER
(soft tone)
How is she?
SUZANNE
(whispers)
How did you find out?
Roger nears Suzanne. Suzanne stands.
ROGER
I assumed somet’ing must have been
dreadfully wrong when ya didn’t
know where she was.
(Beat)
And, there’s not many places where
we folks end up.
They stare each other, sullen faced.
ROGER (CONT'D)
I can’t lose her, Suzanne.
Suzanne grabs hold of Roger’s hand, looks in his eyes.
SUZANNE
I don’t want to lose her, either.
Janet slowly opens her eyes, looks to them and smiles.
52.
JANET
Roger.
Roger smiles and moves up to Janet.
ROGER
(soft loving tone)
Hey Janet. Ya gave us a scare.
Janet smiles, looks to Suzanne.
JANET
Have they brought her in?
Suzanne looks to Roger, then back to Janet.
SUZANNE
No, mom.
Janet looks to Roger, who looks confused.
JANET
(coughing)
Melissa's other baby is here,
Roger.
Roger’s face freezes, shocked.
ROGER
She, is?
Janet nods, eyes welling.
SUZANNE
What are you two on about?
JANET
Tell her Roger.
ROGER
I can’t.
Janet and Roger share a look of grief. Janet understands and
nods.
Suzanne looks on, confused.
JANET
Sit by my side, Suzanne.
Suzanne, speechless, walks over to the other side, sits on
the bed, tenderly grabbing hold of Janet’s hand.
Janet, looks to Roger as he downcast’s his eyes.
53.
JANET (CONT'D)
(coughing)
It was a sad night, Suzanne.
(Beat)
A very sad night. There was nowhere
to go, but a dingy old Alley...
EXT. BACK STREET - NIGHT
FLASHBACK...
In a dark, dingy street, near a dumpster, MELISSA, mid 20’s,
dressed in rags, lies on flattened cardboard boxes, giving
birth.
Crying in labour pain, she pushes.
JANET, mid 30’s, also dressed in rags, holds onto the
crowning head, reassuring.
JANET
It’s almost over, Melissa. I see
the head.
Melissa screams.
Janet gently guides the baby out and lifts it up to show
Melissa.
JANET (CONT'D)
It’s a girl!
Melissa pays no attention and screams once more.
Janet appears confused and worried.
The baby begins to cry.
She unwraps her dingy shawl and wraps the baby girl, as she
watches a crying Melissa squirm.
Janet places the baby next to Melissa and tries to calm her
down.
JANET (CONT'D)
(soft tone)
It’s over Melissa. Relax girl!
Melissa shakes her head, in tears and pain, panting.
MELISSA
Sometin’s wrong, Janet!
Janet places her hand on Melissa’s belly, feeling movement.
54.
JANET
Oh my god! There’s another one!
Melissa screams even louder.
Janet quickly steps back and sees another head birthing.
JANET (CONT'D)
Oh shit, push girl, push.
Blood gushes out onto the cardboard.
Janet looks worried, as tears well her eyes.
Melissa has weakened and is no longer screaming.
JANET (CONT'D)
Melissa, hang in there. One more
push sweetie.
MELISSA
Janet, I, I can’t.
Melissa tries once more; Janet sees the baby’s shoulders and
does not look to Melissa.
JANET
Doin’ well. Keep pushin’, love.
The baby emerges; Large quantities of blood surrounds Melissa
and Janet.
Janet looks up to Melissa, holding the baby up, excited.
JANET (CONT'D)
It’s another girl, Melissa.
Melissa is motionless.
Janet looks to Melissa, realizes she has died giving birth.
JANET (CONT'D)
Melissa?
Janet holds onto the crying baby, tightly. She kneels next to
Melissa and the other baby, gently shakes Melissa.
JANET (CONT'D)
Melissa?
Janet, baby in arm, leans over Melissa, places her hand on
Melissa's neck, feels for a pulse; in chagrin, She looks to
Melissa and then the twins and begins to cry.
55.
JANET (CONT'D)
No! Melissa! Don’t go!
(Whispers through her
tears)
Oh, sweetie... You have beautiful
twin girls.
The twins are crying; Janet opens the shawl, placing the
twins together. She wraps them up, as she wipes her tears.
JANET (CONT'D)
I’ll do the best I can, Melissa. I
promise.
(caressing her cheek)
Sleep tight.
She kisses Melissa on the cheek and tidies her up.
Janet stands and searches the dumpster, pulls out a few rags
and a box.
She places the babies in the box, covering them with the
rags; looks to a peaceful Melissa a while longer.
JANET (CONT'D)
(whispers)
Good-bye...
She picks up the box and walks away.
END FLASHBACK.
INT. HOSPITAL - JANET’S ROOM
Dumfounded, eyes welling, Suzanne looks to Janet, then back
to Roger.
SUZANNE
Is this true?
Roger, eyes welling, nods.
Suzanne, in denial, looks to a crying Janet, gently wiping a
tear that trickles down Janet’s cheek.
SUZANNE (CONT'D)
This can’t be! You’re my mother!
JANET
I’ve loved you like my own...
But, you need to know the truth,
Suzanne.
In a coughing fit, janet looks to Roger, anticipation in her
eyes.
56.
JANET (CONT'D)
Tell her the rest, Roger. I don’t
have the strength.
The door opens; Nurse Jones walks in with Victoria and John.
Suzanne and Victoria eye each other, dumbfounded; their eyes
meet.
Janet and Roger, eyes welling, look to each other; nod in
affirmation as they lightly smile.
JANET (CONT'D)
(coughs)
It’s her!
Victoria, confused, looks to John, who, amazed, visually
compares the two, then looks to Suzanne
JOHN
Hello Suzanne?
VICTORIA
You know her?
JOHN
Sort of...
(Beat)
I’ll explain later.
The nurse, still at the door, comments.
NURSE JONES
Janet, this is, Victoria!
Victoria queries john.
SUZANNE
Victoria? Is this the same
Victoria, Sharon was talking about?
JOHN
Yes, the same.
VICTORIA
(to John)
Is that the new girl?
John nods.
JANET
Come in child.
Victoria, followed by John, step closer to the bed.
JANET (CONT'D)
Come sit by my side.
57.
ROGER
(to Janet)
They sure look the same, don’t
they?
Janet, nods, smiling; Victoria looks to Janet, still glancing
back to Suzanne in astonishment. Victoria looks to Janet.
VICTORIA
I am a little confused.
SUZANNE
(to Roger)
So this, could be my twin?
Victoria appears confused as her eyes turn to John.
VICTORIA
Twins?
Suzanne and Janet nervously twiddle the end of their hair;
John notices, shakes his head in disbelief.
JOHN
Oh, my! Look at that.
Janet pats the side of the bed.
JANET
Victoria.
John gives Victoria a gentle push.
JOHN
(Whispers)
Go on.
Victoria moves to the bed and sits; Suzanne holds Janet’s
hand..
John walks over, stands next to Victoria.
Nurse Jones walks out, closing the door behind her.
Janet looks to Victoria, extending her hand; Victoria slowly
takes it. Victoria takes a quick glance back to John.
Janet, holds onto both their hands.
JANET
Finally reunited.
Janet then looks to Roger.
JANET (CONT'D)
Please tell them the rest, Roger.
58.
Roger looks to Victoria then Suzanne.
ROGER
After yar birth, Janet had no
choice but to leave Melissa, yar
mother, in that Alley.
(Beat)
Janet had lovingly bundled yas up
and placed yas in a cardboard box.
(Beat)
She was in tears, comin’ down that
Alley, holding that box so close to
‘er bosoms...
INT. ALLEY WAY - NIGHT
FLASHBACK.
Janet, crying, makes her way down an Alley, with a box
cradled in her arms.
Roger, 25, sits near a fire, drinking.
The babies are crying.
She nears Roger; he stands.
ROGER
Wot’s in the box?
Janet places the box on the ground; the twins are covered
with rags. Roger is unnerved; Janet shakes her head in tears.
ROGER (CONT'D)
Melissa’s?
Janet nods through her tears.
JANET
Melissa’s dead.
Roger appears shocked.
ROGER
Where is she?
JANET
A block away. In the dumpster
Alley.
Roger’s eyes well and looks to the babies, then back to
Janet.
ROGER
Twins?
59.
Janet in tears, nods.
Janet kneels down by the side of the box. She looks to
Roger.
ROGER (CONT'D)
Wot you gonna do with t’em?
JANET
Keep them!
Roger shakes his head.
ROGER
A’ you mad? Can’t keep a baby
‘ere?
Janet looks to Roger, teary eyed, re-inforcing.
JANET
They’re not just any babies, Roger.
They’re Melissa's. Your sister’s.
Roger turns, as to not show his tears. Janet stands and
grabs hold of his arm.
JANET (CONT'D)
Roger, it’s OK to cry!
Roger holds back his tears. He turns around and looks to the
twins and kneels down.
Janet kneels, and looks to Roger in sympathy.
JANET (CONT'D)
It makes you their uncle.
One of the girls begins to cry.
Roger kneels and hesitantly lifts her out of the box. He
gently places her in his arms.
ROGER
Shush! Don’t cry!
Janet smiles and gently requests.
JANET
Can we?
Roger looks to Janet, his eyes welling he negatively shakes
his head.
JANET (CONT'D)
Please, Roger. We could keep one
and find a good home for the other!
I’ve always wanted a child.
60.
Roger looks at the baby in his arms. She has stopped crying.
He glances back to the other baby in the box, and back to
Janet.
JANET (CONT'D)
Please!
ROGER
We can’t, Janet. This is not the
life, for a child.
JANET
I know...
Janet drops her eyes and cries. She gently pats the cheek of
the baby in the box.
Roger looks on in silence, taking another glance at the
twins.
He closes his eyes for an instant, avoiding tears, then looks
back to Janet.
Janet looks up. Their eyes meet, feeling the same pain,
remaining silent.
John looks to the baby in his arms and gently hands it to
Janet.
Janet takes the baby, a little surprised.
Roger takes hold of the box and stands.
Janet stands, appearing a little confused.
JANET (CONT'D)
What are you doing?
ROGER
I’ll try find a good home for her.
I’ll take her down that rich area,
down town.
Janet, elated, begins to cry as she nods in approval, looks
to the baby in the box.
JANET
Thank you, Roger.
Roger, eyes welling looks to Janet.
ROGER
Hope ya know what yar in for,
Janet.
61.
JANET
I do. We’ll do right by her.
She outstretches one hand towards the box, caresses the
baby’s face.
JANET (CONT'D)
Find happiness, sweet child.
She bends over and gives her a kiss.
Janet then looks to Roger, sadden faced.
JANET (CONT'D)
Find a good home for her!
Roger drops his welling eyes.
ROGER
I’d betta go.
Janet nods, as she watches Roger walk down the Alley.
Janet’s walks over by the fire, sits, cuddling the baby in
her arms; the baby begins to cry.
JANET
Shush! It will be alright!
She rocks the baby who calms down.
EXT. QUIET STREET.
Roger enters a quiet, clean street. There are rows of neat
looking terraces; most lights are off; it is late.
Roger notices a light shining out, from one of the terrace’s
window; assuring himself that he is unnoticed, heads for the
terrace.
He reaches the front of the terrace; the baby is asleep.
He looks to the baby and back to the terrace. The upstairs
light is on.
He looks around the street once more; hesitates, taking a few
steps back, then sees a woman’s shadow walk pass the upstairs
window.
He looks to the baby and walks up to the front door step of
the terrace, gently places the box down, taking a quick
glance at the sleeping baby, he whispers.
ROGER
Good luck, little one.
62.
He caresses her cheek.
ROGER (CONT'D)
I am so sorry.
Roger wipes his eyes as he bangs on the door, quickly runs
off.
Hiding behind a car, out of sight, he watches a MAN open the
door.
The man looks to his feet, notices the box, yells out in
shock.
MAN
A baby?
He quickly looks around, sees no-one.
He rushes down the stairs and looks down both sides of the
quiet street; not a soul to be seen.
He heads back for the door and steps in.
MAN (O.S.) (CONT'D)
Mary! Come down here!
The man walks out of the door with MARY.
They kneel down.
MARY
Oh my goodness! A baby!
The man picks up the box, both walk back inside, Mary closing
the door.
Roger looks a little longer, then heads back out of the
street.
ROGER
(whispers)
Hope I’ve done the right thing.
He takes a glance back.
Janet has a coughing fit. (V.O)
Janet’s monitor alarm sounds. (V.O)
END FLASHBACK
INT. HOSPITAL - JANET’S ROOM
Janet’s heart monitor alarm is sounding. (O.S)
63.
Nurse Jones rushes in.
Suzanne panics, holds tight to Janet’s hand; caresses Janet’s
face with the other.
SUZANNE
Mom? Mom?
Suzanne looks to Roger, in tears.
SUZANNE (CONT'D)
Roger? Do something.
Roger in shock, is motionless.
Nurse Jones looks concerned and rushes over to Janet.
A NURSE and a DOCTOR rush in with a defibrillator.
Victoria and Suzanne look to Nurse Jones, then back to Janet.
NURSE JONES
Please make room.
All stand to make room.
Suzanne, panicky, looks to Nurse Jones.
SUZANNE
What’s going on?
NURSE JONES
I’m sorry, but I’m going to have to
ask you all to step outside, for a
while.
Suzanne is non compliant.
SUZANNE
Why?
The doctor prepares the paddles; the nurse pulls down Janet’s
gown.
DOCTOR.
Please nurse, show them out.
NURSE JONES
Please, Suzanne.
Nurse Jones shows them to the door.
Suzanne and Roger hesitantly makes her way towards the door.
John and Victoria walk out, looking back.
64.
ROGER
Wot are they doin’ to ‘er?
NURSE JONES
(compassionate)
Her heart has stopped. Please step
outside.
SUZANNE
Will she be alright?
Nurse Jones moves them towards the door.
NURSE JONES
Will just let the doctor do his
best.
Suzanne, frantic, looks back towards Janet.
SUZANNE
Please, can I stay?
NURSE JONES
No, she’s in good hands, Suzanne.
(Beat)
Hospital policy. I’m sorry.
Doctor applies the paddles.
They walk out the door. Nurse Jones closes it.
DOCTOR.
Clear.
One shot is applied.
The nurse looks to the monitor.
NURSE
Nothing.
DOCTOR.
Once more.
Nurse Jones walks back to Janet’s side, holding on to Janet’s
chart, then looks back towards the glass window, placed near
the door.
Suzanne and Roger, horrified, peer through the partly ajar
vertical blinds.
Nurse Jones looks to the doctor.
The doctor applies the paddles, to Janet’s chest.
DOCTOR. (CONT'D)
Clear!
65.
Her body jolts, He looks to the nurse.
NURSE
Nothing, she’s not responding.
DOCTOR.
Once more!
(beat)
Clear!
Janet does not respond.
Nurse Jones looks back towards the window; Suzanne is
covering her eyes.
DOCTOR. (CONT'D)
She’s gone. There is nothing more
we can do.
He glances over to the window, then drops his eyes and looks
at his watch.
DOCTOR. (CONT'D)
Time of death, 6.50.
The door swings opens and Suzanne rushes in followed by Roger
and the rest.
SUZANNE
No! No! Mom!
Nurse Jones gently grabs hold of Suzanne.
NURSE JONES
I’m so sorry, Suzanne.
Suzanne cannot hold back her tears.
Roger stands at the door, drops his head. John and Victoria,
stand behind him. They look on speechless.
INT. PORN STUDIO - EVENING
Steve is on the set, sitting on a bed.
Sharon stands near Maxwell’s office door, watching Maxwell
curse as he paces the studio. He looks to his watch,
frustrated.
MAXWELL
Where the fuck is he? It’s 7:00.
This is all costing me money.
Sharon walks up to Maxwell, and gives him a bimbo look. She
caresses his arm as she whines.
66.
SHARON
Can we go home, now? John is
probably at the hospital.
(Beat)
Let’s do this tomorrow, Maxwell.
Maxwell looks to her, fuming, shrugging off her touch.
MAXWELL
You make me sick!
Steve giggles in the background.
Sharon turns around, gives him a filthy look.
STEVE
(whispers)
Crawler.
Sharon gives him an evil look.
INT. HOSPITAL - JANET’S ROOM
Nurse Jones pulls the sheets off Janet’s empty bed.
The room’s door is open, a stretcher is reeled out.
With the sheets bundled in her arms, she walks over to the
door and eyes the stretcher along.
INT. HOSPITAL - CORRIDOR - CONTINUOUS
A body, fully draped by a sheet, lies on the stretcher.
An orderly pushes the stretcher down the corridor, and heads
towards the lift doors.
He stops and presses the lift button. “ Morgue”.
The lift door opens.
The orderly looks back to nurse Jones as he pushes the
stretcher in the lift.
Nurse Jones watches on, until the stretcher is reeled out of
sight, into the lift.
INT. PORN STUDIO
Sharon sits with Steve on the Bed.
Maxwell paces the studio with his mobile placed near his ear.
He looks to his watch. It’s 8:00.
67.
MAXWELL
Doesn’t any one answer their
fucking phone!
Sharon, fed up, stands.
SHARON
I am going home!
Maxwell stops pacing, faces Sharon, furious.
MAXWELL
You’ll go, when I tell you to go!
Maxwell heads for his office.
John and Victoria walk in, hand in hand.
Maxwell enters his office.
JOHN
Hey! Ass hole! We quit!
Maxwell turns around and sees them there. Sharon looks on.
Steve stands and walks over to Sharon.
STEVE
(whispers)
This should be interesting.
Sharon gives Steve a dirty look. She looks to Maxwell.
Maxwell walks over to John.
MAXWELL
What the fuck is going on, John?
It’s 8:00.
Maxwell grabs hold of Victoria’s arm.
MAXWELL (CONT'D)
You, in my office!
VICTORIA
Let me go!
John pries Maxwell’s hand off Victoria’s arm.
JOHN
Back off, Maxwell!
Maxwell is amused.
MAXWELL
Oh! Tough guy!
68.
Steve and Sharon watch on.
MAXWELL (CONT'D)
Victoria! In my office now!
VICTORIA
No! No, Maxwell! No more!
She looks to John, who places his arm around her, bringing
her near.
JOHN
She’s staying with me.
MAXWELL
No she’s not.
Steve silently laughs.
STEVE
(whispers)
Oh, shit.
Sharon moves closer to Maxwell.
SHARON
Maxwell, cut it out. Let her go!
Maxwell looks to Sharon.
MAXWELL
You, keep out of this!
Suzanne and Roger enter the room. They near John and
Victoria. Suzanne’s eyes are red and swollen from crying.
Maxwell is a little surprised to see her.
MAXWELL (CONT'D)
What are you doing here, Suzanne?
He points to Roger.
MAXWELL (CONT'D)
And, who’s this derelict? What’s
he doing in my studio?
Victoria and John face Suzanne.
SUZANNE
You’re not so nice after all, are
you? Mr. Maxwell, Bentow!
She takes Roger’s arm.
69.
SUZANNE (CONT'D)
And this so called “derelict” as
you so rudely put it, is my
Uncle...
She points to Victoria.
SUZANNE (CONT'D)
And Victoria’s.
Maxwell laughs.
MAXWELL
You two may look alike, but whoever
has fed you with that bullshit is a
fucking jerk.
(Pointing to Victoria)
Victoria “has” no family. I am as
close as she’ll ever get to having
a family.
VICTORIA
(infuriated)
You’ve never been family!
Roger, infuriated, walks up to Maxwell, who takes a step back
in disgust.
Maxwell places his hand over his nose and mouth in total
disgust. He shakes his other hand in a shooing manner.
MAXWELL
Get out of my studio! You’re
stinking the place out! You drunken
Ass hole.
Maxwell points to Suzanne.
MAXWELL (CONT'D)
And take her with you.
JOHN
You bastard!
John moves to take a swing. Roger looks to John.
ROGER
Let me!
Roger takes a swing to Maxwell. His fist lands on his jaw,
knocks Maxwell off his feet.
ROGER (CONT'D)
If anyone’s an Ass hole, it’s ya.
All look on, except for Sharon, who runs to Maxwell’s side.
70.
She kneels down.
SHARON
Are you alright, babe?
Maxwell, holds on to his chin. He pushes Sharon out of the
way as he stands to retaliate.
Roger is ready to take another swing, as John steps up to
hold him back.
ROGER
Ya’re a two bit scum. Why didn’t
you look after ‘er.
Sharon stands and creeps back to Maxwell’s side. She helps
him up. Maxwell shoves her away.
Maxwell looks to Victoria and back to Roger.
MAXWELL
You’re all filth! Get the fuck out
of my sight!
ROGER
The only filth is wot’s comin’ out
of ya mouth!
Roger, fuming, is about to take another swing as John grabs
hold of him.
JOHN
Come on, Let’s go. He’s not worth
it!
Maxwell thinking he has the upper hand, steps towards Roger
to take a swing.
Roger tries to break John’s hold.
Steve realizes and, quickly steps over to Maxwell, restrains
him.
STEVE
That’s enough!
MAXWELL
Get your fucking hands off me.
STEVE
Back off Maxwell. This little
circus, is over.
Maxwell laughs as he tries to break Steve’s hold.
71.
MAXWELL
Circus? pff! You’re no better!
Why don’t you join them?
Steve let’s go of Maxwell in disgust and takes a step back.
STEVE
Best thing I’ve heard all night!
Steve itches to lay one on Maxwell.
Steve quickly exchanges glances with John. John nods and
smiles understandingly.
STEVE (CONT'D)
My turn!
Steve takes a powerful swing to Maxwell’s face, knocks him
out.
SHARON
Maxwell!
They all look on for a moment.
Steve gently rubs his hand.
John smiles, giving Steve a wink.
JOHN
Let’s get out of here.
Sharon runs to Maxwell’s side, taps him gently on the cheek.
Steve shakes his hand, in pain.
John looks to Steve.
Steve smiles.
STEVE
It was worth it.
Victoria walks up to Steve.
VICTORIA
Are you alright?
Their eyes meet, Steve smiles.
STEVE
Never felt better. I have been
dying to do this, for the last 12
months.
JOHN
Come on guys, let’s go.
72.
Victoria grabs hold of John’s arm. They turn and head out.
Suzanne takes hold of Rogers arm and head out.
Steve heads out.
Sharon frets over Maxwell.
SHARON
Babe, C’mon, wake up.
Sharon glances to them as they are about to exit.
SHARON (CONT'D)
(shouting)
I think you’ve killed him!
Steve looks back.
STEVE
(smirking)
He’ll be fine.
EXT. JOHN AND VICTORIA’S HOME, 3 YEARS LATER.
A TODDLER, JANET sits on a garden swing in the backyard of a
suburbia home.
Paling fence with minimal gardens surrounds the yard.
Toddler Janet, sits impatiently waiting to be pushed. She
yells out.
TODDLER JANET
Daddyyyy! push me!
She wiggles her legs.
TODDLER JANET (CONT'D)
Daddyyyy!
Near the back door of the house is an outside wooden table
setting with six chairs.
Suzanne places a bowl of salad down.
Two metres from the table a four burner Barbecue is manned by
Roger, dressed in clean jeans and T-shirt, accompanied by
John; turning a few sausages and patties on the barbecue.
John has a wine in hand; Roger, a glass of orange juice, he
smiles.
ROGER
You should give that up!
73.
TODDLER JANET (O.S.)
Daddyyyy!
Suzanne looks to Toddler Janet as she walks towards the
Barbecue.
SUZANNE
I think you’re wanted, John.
They look towards Toddler Janet.
Toddler Janet tries to make the swing move, by kicking her
legs.
TODDLER JANET
Come on daddy, push me!
John smiles to Suzanne.
JOHN
Aunty Suzanne could go and push
her.
Suzanne smiles.
SUZANNE
I think she wants her dad.
Suzanne places her hand on Roger’s shoulder.
Roger smiles.
John passes his beer to Suzanne.
JOHN
Alright Janet, Dad’s coming!
John walks over to the swings, lightly pushes Toddler Janet.
Roger and Suzanne look on, smiling.
The back door opens; Victoria and Steve walk out carrying
plates, cutlery and a pitcher of orange juice.
They walk over to the table, placing the items in the centre
of the table.
Victoria, pitcher in hand, looks over to Roger.
VICTORIA
Would you like a top up, Roger?
ROGER
Yeah, thanks.
Roger holds up his glass.
74.
Victoria walks over to the Barbecue; glances at the swings.
VICTORIA
Not too high, Darling!
ROGER
Stop worrying! Ya and Suzanne
sound so much like Janet.
Suzanne smiles.
SUZANNE
I’m glad. It should keep you on
your toes.
Roger smiles back, shaking his head.
Victoria tops up Rogers glass.
Suzanne looks to the swing and back to Victoria.
SUZANNE (CONT'D)
Janet is so beautiful, Victoria.
ROGER
She sure looks like ya, girls.
Steve walks over to Suzanne and places his arm around her
waist.
STEVE
It will be your turn next.
Roger and Victoria instantly look to Suzanne.
ROGER
Are ya pregnant?
Suzanne giggles.
SUZANNE
No!
Suzanne lifts her left hand up to show Roger and Victoria a
ring.
Roger looks on. He expects an explanation.
SUZANNE (CONT'D)
Steve asked me to marry him
yesterday.
Steve gives her a kiss on the cheek.
Roger outstretches his hand towards Steve.
75.
ROGER
About bloody time.
Victoria quickly steps over to Suzanne.
VICTORIA
Show me! -- Why didn’t you tell me?
SUZANNE
I was going to.
VICTORIA
Look at this dazzler, it’s so
beautiful.
Victoria and Suzanne embrace.
VICTORIA (CONT'D)
I am so happy for you.
John looks over.
JOHN
What’s going on?
Victoria looks over, still cuddled to Suzanne.
VICTORIA
Steve and Suzanne are engaged.
John takes Toddler Janet from the swings, walks over with her
in his arms.
TODDLER JANET
Swings Daddy.
JOHN
Congratulation guys.
John outstretches his hand towards Steve, they shake.
Toddler Janet outstretches her arms towards Roger.
TODDLER JANET
Poppy?
Roger hands his Barbecue utensils to Steve then takes hold of
Toddler Janet.
John gives Suzanne a hug.
JOHN
I am so happy for both of you.
Roger walks over to the swings with toddler janet; The four
of them look on.
76.
Roger places toddler Janet on the swings then gently pushes
her.
Suzanne looks to Victoria.
SUZANNE
It’s the happiest I have ever seen
him, and he has not touched a drop
since Janet died.
VICTORIA
How is he settling in with you?
SUZANNE
He is getting used to sleeping on a
bed.
Suzanne’s eyes begin to well.
SUZANNE (CONT'D)
(to Victoria)
I wish Janet could have shared all
of this with us.
Both girls can no longer hold their tears, locking in an
embrace.
John and Steve look on.
John sees a little smoke coming from the Barbecue.
JOHN
Hey! Watch those sausages, Victoria
hates burnt food!
The girls giggle, wiping their tears.
VICTORIA
Come on guys let’s have lunch.
John holds an empty platter, whilst Steve places the sausages
and meat patties on it.
Victoria and Suzanne lay out the cutlery and plates; John
places the platter on the table.
STEVE
(to Roger)
Alright guys, lunch is ready.
Roger picks toddler Janet from the swings. Toddler Janet
places her arms around Roger’s neck and kisses him on the
cheek.
Roger smiles as he makes his way to the table.
Victoria outstretches her arms, takes Janet from Roger.
77.
VICTORIA
Come on Janet let’s sit down and
let poppy eat.
TODDLER JANET
I want to sit with poppy.
Roger smiles.
ROGER
She can sit on my laps for a while.
They all smile and sit. Roger sits last, placing toddler
Janet on his knee.
John dishes out the meat, all hand out their plates one at a
time.
SUZANNE
(to Steve)
Did you tell them about Maxwell?
Steve shakes his head.
All look to Suzanne, who looks back to them.
SUZANNE (CONT'D)
Whoa! Don’t look at me like that.
VICTORIA
We have not mentioned his name in
this household, since that night.
SUZANNE
(sighs)
I’m sorry. But you’ll love what
you’ll hear.
STEVE
Maxwell is in jail, and will remain
there a long time.
Victoria smiles as she looks to John then to Steve.
VICTORIA
What did he do?
STEVE
Child molesting and pornography.
JOHN
How did you find out?
STEVE
Suzanne bumped into Sharon
yesterday at the liquor store.
78.
SUZANNE
Sharon said she had him arrested.
She couldn’t live with what he was
doing anymore.
VICTORIA
I thought she loved him.
SUZANNE
She told me that Maxwell would beat
her up.
VICTORIA
That’s no surprise!
STEVE
He also forced her to drag homeless
kids off the street.
SUZANNE
His business collapsed after you
guys left and desperate to make a
quid; he began to use and abuse
kids to make his backyard movies.
STEVE
He got a 20 year sentence.
Victoria nods to John with a smirk on her face.
VICTORIA
Justified ending.
Toddler Janet takes a sausage off Roger’s plate
JOHN
Uh! With those sorts of crimes, I
doubt he will ever get out of jail
alive.
Toddler Janet places the sausage near Roger’s mouth.
TODDLER JANET
Eat poppy!
Roger opens his mouth; all look and giggle.
John picks up his beer and makes a toast.
JOHN
To family!
They all raise their glass; Toddler Janet looks on.
ALL
To family!
79.

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