SHORT FILM ’Hungry Jak’ By Kurt McCowen
08/02/2013 Length: Approx 4:50 minutes
FADE IN EXT. STREET BUS STOP. DAY. JAK, a young man with scraggly hair is sitting down at a bus stop seat and grabs his stomach with hunger. JAK reaches into pocket and pulls out only a few cents-worth. Painfully, he looks over to a vending machine and looks back, noticing a scraggly DOG who also appears hungry. Many bystanders walk by and it seems all of them are carrying heaped, good-looking food as if teasing them. Finally ROSE, a young woman with blue hair, slams down her colourful and overflowing bag beside JAK on the bus stop. She is wearing earphones and burrows through her bag to pull out an incredibly juicy-looking wrap. JAY looks at the wrap intently, practically drooling and looks back at the DOG who is also fixated on the wrap. JAK reluctantly leans over to talk to ROSE who doesnâ€™t hear him over her music. JAK Umm, hi. (Brief Pause) Hi there. (Brief Pause) HELLO! JAK still goes unnoticed so he taps ROSE on the shoulder and she takes out one earphone. JAK Hi. ROSE (finishes swallowing) Hi. (Brief Pause) ROSE smiles at the awkward moment before she puts her earphone back in and continues eating the wrap. JAK slowly builds up the courage to tap her again. ROSE, slightly annoyed takes out her earphone and wipes at her mouth. JAK My nameâ€™s Jak. ROSE Rose. (Brief Pause) ROSE goes to put her earphone back in but JAK puts his hand over her arm, to keep the conversation going.
JAK Catching the bus? ROSE Yep. JAK It’s running late again. ROSE Shocker. JAK (laughs) Yeah. ROSE goes to put her earphone back in but when JAK starts talking again she realises its useless and takes her other earphone out, but still continues to eat her wrap. JAK It’s hot today. ROSE Stinker. JAK You got a wrap there? ROSE Yeah, this Lebanese place round the corner makes the best falafel. JAK Oh felafel, vegetarian huh? ROSE (Defensive) Why would you assume that? JAK What? ROSE Maybe I just like falafel, vegetarians aren’t the only ones who eat it you know? JAK No, I know! So you’re not a...
ROSE Of course I’m a vegetarian. I was just making a point. JAK And that’s what vegetarians always do. ROSE (Annoyed) Excuse me? JAK automatically tries to recover from the accidental insult and during his explanation gets lost in his own words. JAK I mean, with your whole lifestyle, your choice not to eat meat, means that your way of life and how you eat and all of your eating makes a point by what you don’t eat... ROSE glares at JAK, unsure of whether he’s insulting her or not. Goes to take a bite of falafel while maintaining eye contact as if she’s saying ’screw you’ with her mouthful. JAK realises the confusion and in trying to gain ROSE’s favour begins to rant, getting more flustered with his words as she continues to eat the wrap. JAK That’s not an insult by the way. I just mean that I wish every time I ate I was making a point. I mean, by eating meat like everyone else and never giving it a second thought, it’s almost like I’m being complacent. (Notices he’s losing her) So how did you become a vegatarian. ROSE (Still eating) What? JAK What made you realise you wanted to be a vegetarian? ROSE (As she swallows) Babe.
4. JAK What? ROSE Babe. JAK Babe? ROSE Yes, Babe. JAK As in... ROSE As in the movie! JAK Oh! ROSE Yeah I was about 5 years old when it came out and my brother made this joke that we were eating the adorable talking pig so I took it up with my mum who explained that all meat were different animals which did very little to comfort a five-year-old and I pretty much stopped eating meat from that point on.
When ROSE has finished it is clear that JAK stopped paying attention some time ago an is just staring with wide eyes at the wrap. JAK realises that no one is talking and quickly tries to cover his obvious interest in the wrap and gain ROSEâ€™s respect. He gets increasingly more flustered and is practically sweating and panting by the end of his argument as he watches ROSE continue to eat. JAK And to think, us- meat-eaters mindlessly go about devouring such poor creatures every day. Without a second thought we just chow down on fellow mammals and marsupials, lives that were ended solely for the purpose of tantalising our taste buds. Maybe I should try this falafel, see if I convert... (Brief Pause) But just look at the vehicle most of them use to get to our mouths, I (MORE) (CONTINUED)
JAK (cont’d) mean Woolworths, Coles, large, soulless corporations who are only driven by profit and are putting our farmers’ jobs in jeopardy. At least those boys do it with integrity! ROSE So what you’re saying is that it’s okay for farmers to butcher harmless animals as long as they do it with integrity? JAK Yes! I mean no! Um, what I’m saying is that meat is destroying our integrity, it demoralises us as humans! What we need is a saviour, something to rescue us from this life of cannibalistic behaviour, something like falafel! Falafel in-what-appears-to-be-juciy-deliciousness could save us, if only we could try it, if we could see the light that falafel offers us, it could be our salvation from a murderous existence, from a life not worth living! JAK is panting and worn-out from ’preaching’ his message at ROSE who simply continues to swallow her mouthful and even the DOG looks down with shame at JAK’s words. ROSE Falafel is your salvation? JAK (Hopeless) Yes. ROSE Do you want a bite? JAK Oh dear God yes. ROSE (looks up) Oh shit!
The bus approaches and while ROSE was about to offer JAK some of her wrap, she is caught up with packing gathering her belongings and finding her wallet to rush onto the bus. JAK’s mouth follows the wrap as it goes up and down, still in ROSE’s hand as she searches. ROSE I cannot be late for work again. Where is that (finds wallet) Ha-ha! ROSE rushes onto the bus which drives off and leaves ’hungry’ JAK behind. JAK looks back at the DOG hopelessly before he notices that ROSE left her wrap on the seat for him to eat. Elated, JAK reaches out for the wrap but the DOG snatches it away at the last second. JAK longingly looks on as the DOG chows down on what was left of the delicious-looking wrap. JAK almost gives in to the hopelessness of his hunger, but then another person sits next to him with a happy meal in their hands. JAK goes to open his mouth and begin another disguised discussion. CUT TO BLACK
Published on Feb 8, 2013
A comedic short film that relates to anyone whose ever been so hungry downtown that you see strangers with the most delectable food and crav...