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THE CONTENTS OF THIS DOCUMENT ARE PRIVATE AND CONFIDENTIAL AND ARE THE COPYRIGHT OF JOANNA ERSKINE and DAMIEN POWER. BASED ON THE ORIGINAL MONOLOGUE, BOOT, COPYRIGHT JOANNA ERSKINE, 2010.

BOOT by Joanna Erskine And Damien Power

THE CONTENTS OF THIS DOCUMENT ARE PRIVATE AND CONFIDENTIAL AND ARE THE COPYRIGHT OF JOANNA ERSKINE and DAMIEN POWER. BASED ON THE ORIGINAL MONOLOGUE, BOOT, COPYRIGHT JOANNA ERSKINE, 2010.

 


DRAFT 7 – THE PARK DECEMBER 2011

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INT – GIRL’S TOILETS – DAY

The door opens. DANA, 17, enters, looks around. One cubicle door is closed. DANA (VO) I know what I said. I know what I did. But I’ve changed my mind. I need you to say something. Please, say something. Julia? 2

EXT – PARK – NIGHT

A montage of iPhone photos from various locations (a party, a car, a Maccas): teens drinking; dancing; posing next to passed out friends; BFFs Dana, and JULIA, 17, posing together – Julia getting progressively drunk. Dana sits beside Julia on a park bench, she’s looking through photos on her phone while Julia drinks a Breezer. The bench is on the edge of large reserve, close to a modern playground. It overlooks the river, and on the far side, large oil tanks lit bright orange. DANA Julia. Look. She holds the phone up to Julia, who looks at the photo: puzzled. JULIA What the fuck is that? The photo is a blur of pale flesh and curly hair. DANA I think it’s Dave. He had my phone. JULIA It’s fucking gross. Julia takes a swing of her drink. JULIA (CONT’D) I think Gav likes you. DANA What? Monkey Boy? JULIA Seriously, I think he does. 2   THE CONTENTS OF THIS DOCUMENT ARE PRIVATE AND CONFIDENTIAL AND ARE THE COPYRIGHT OF JOANNA ERSKINE and DAMIEN POWER. BASED ON THE ORIGINAL MONOLOGUE, BOOT, COPYRIGHT JOANNA ERSKINE, 2010

 


DANA Can we talk about something else? I’m so fucking sick of talking about the boys. Do you even remember what we talked about before them? Julia considers this a moment. JULIA Yes. It was boring. DANA Simpler. I miss it. Julia gets a text message. Takes out her phone, reads the message. JULIA That’s the address. Let’s go. Julia finishes her drink and stands. She pulls Dana to her feet. They start walking back towards the car park. DANA You sure you’re okay to drive? Yes, Mum.

JULIA

DANA (to Julia) I’ll drive. JULIA You’re not even coming. DANA I’ll drop you at the party. Bring the car back tomorrow. Julia looks at Dana, weighing it up. Fine. Here. HEY LADIES!

JULIA VOICE

DANA Do we have to take them? Yes.

JULIA 3  

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Why? I promised.

DANA JULIA

Julia and Dana head over to the play equipment where they find DAVE, 17, with GAVIN, 16 and DARREN, 17. All smashed. Darren sits slumped forward staring at the ground, concentrating on not puking. Dave is mid-story to Gavin: DAVE I said, ‘That’s fucking bullshit. You weren’t fucking there.’ Time to go.

JULIA

DAVE (looks at Dana) Thought you weren’t coming. DANA I’m not. I’m driving. Julia gives Dana a mock grateful hug. A flicker of disappointment crosses Dave’s face. DANA (CONT’D) (of Darren) What’s wrong with him? Nothing.

DARREN

Darren sits upright to prove it, revealing someone has drawn a giant cock on his face while he was passed out earlier. Julia and Dana barely suppress laughter. Dave holds his finger to his lips to indicate silence. DAVE Hey, can Gav and Daz get a lift too? DANA No. Go with Steve. JULIA Yeah sure. Now let’s go. GAVIN Photo first! He digs his iPhone out. 4   THE CONTENTS OF THIS DOCUMENT ARE PRIVATE AND CONFIDENTIAL AND ARE THE COPYRIGHT OF JOANNA ERSKINE and DAMIEN POWER. BASED ON THE ORIGINAL MONOLOGUE, BOOT, COPYRIGHT JOANNA ERSKINE, 2010

 


GAVIN (CONT’D) Dana – you take it. She takes the phone reluctantly. Holds it up. The boys pose, arms around each other’s shoulders, Darren in the middle, happy to be with his mates, completely oblivious. Say cheese.

DANA

They YELL. Dana takes the photo. Hands the phone back to Gavin. JULIA Now come on. She rouses them towards the car, a white sedan with red P plates. A second car with green plates, sits next to the white sedan, lights on, engines revving, window down. The driver, STEVE, 18, shouts out: STEVE You seen Mike and the girls? No.

JULIA

STEVE Fuck. Tell him we had to go. Hey –

JULIA

But it’s too late, Steve is already driving off. Shit.

JULIA (CONT’D)

Julia looks around: no sign of Mike. DANA Let’s just go. JULIA (yells) MIKE! The boys take up the yell. (yell) MIKE!

DAVE/GAVIN/DARREN

DANA Maybe they left. 5   THE CONTENTS OF THIS DOCUMENT ARE PRIVATE AND CONFIDENTIAL AND ARE THE COPYRIGHT OF JOANNA ERSKINE and DAMIEN POWER. BASED ON THE ORIGINAL MONOLOGUE, BOOT, COPYRIGHT JOANNA ERSKINE, 2010

 


Just as they are on the verge of giving up MIKE, 18, appears from round the corner of a building with KATIE, 17, and ZOE, 17. All looking a little disheveled. Julia takes it in. JULIA (to Mike) Hey. You coming? There’s some unspoken history there. MIKE Where’s Steve? He left. Arsehole.

JULIA MIKE

JULIA You can come with us. Mike notices the cock on Darren’s face. MIKE With these dickheads? Fuck off.

DARREN

DANA We can’t all fit, Julia. KATIE We can sit on the boy’s laps. ZOE We’re only little. Please, Julia? Fine by me. No.

MIKE DANA

JULIA They can lie on the floor if you’re worried about the cops. DANA Cause the cops aren’t going to see them there. JULIA It’s only ten minutes away. 6   THE CONTENTS OF THIS DOCUMENT ARE PRIVATE AND CONFIDENTIAL AND ARE THE COPYRIGHT OF JOANNA ERSKINE and DAMIEN POWER. BASED ON THE ORIGINAL MONOLOGUE, BOOT, COPYRIGHT JOANNA ERSKINE, 2010

 


DAVE We’ll go in the boot. I dunno – BOOT.

DARREN GAVIN

Dave and Gavin take up a chant: BOOT, BOOT, BOOT. JULIA (to Dana, ignoring Darren’s protest) There you go. DANA I’m not driving with them in the boot. JULIA Then I will. Gimme the keys. No.

DANA

JULIA Gimme my keys, bitch.

Julia –

DANA

MIKE Bitches please, hurry the fuck up or pash or something. JULIA You pash or something. (to DANA) Give me the keys, Dana. Julia puts out her hand. Dana hesitates then – DANA Fine. Fine fine fine fine fine. Dana hands the keys back. Let’s go.

JULIA

Julia beeps the boot open. Dave and Gavin climb into the boot. Darren hesitates. DARREN There’s no room. 7   THE CONTENTS OF THIS DOCUMENT ARE PRIVATE AND CONFIDENTIAL AND ARE THE COPYRIGHT OF JOANNA ERSKINE and DAMIEN POWER. BASED ON THE ORIGINAL MONOLOGUE, BOOT, COPYRIGHT JOANNA ERSKINE, 2010

 


DAVE Just fucking get in Daz. JULIA If we get pulled over don’t fucking move don’t say anything. Darren climbs in reluctantly. Julia waves goodbye, and closes the boot with a thunk. 3

INT - BOOT – NIGHT

It’s dark in the boot. And crowded. An awkward topping and tailing. MIKE (OS) (muffled) Have fun homos. GAVIN (responding to Mike) FUCK OFF. DAVE Anyone farts they’re a fucking dead man. The engine starts. Tail lights flood the boot with red. GAVIN I reckon I could go Dana. No chance.

DAVE

Darren shifts uncomfortably. GAVIN Daz - get your fucking knee out of my fucking nuts. DARREN I need to vom. Fuck off.

DAVE

DARREN I’m serious. Gavin pulls out his iPhone. Turns on the camera. Points it in the general direction of Darren’s head. 8   THE CONTENTS OF THIS DOCUMENT ARE PRIVATE AND CONFIDENTIAL AND ARE THE COPYRIGHT OF JOANNA ERSKINE and DAMIEN POWER. BASED ON THE ORIGINAL MONOLOGUE, BOOT, COPYRIGHT JOANNA ERSKINE, 2010

 


Spew cam.

GAVIN

Darren tries to wave him away. DARREN I’m fucking serious. DAVE Fuck. (yells) STOP THE CAR. HEY FUCKING PULL OVER. Gavin starts yelling too. Thumping the boot. GAVIN STOP THE CAR. They continue to yell and bang as we hear Dana describe what’s going on in the car: DANA (VO) So I’m in the front and Mike’s in the back in the middle looking happy because he’s got his arm around Katie and Zoe and they look pretty happy too – sluts. Julia gives me this look like she’s thinking ‘sluts’ too but Julia doesn’t care cos her and Mike used to go out and she says he’s a terrible kisser - like injects saliva into your mouth it’s not even worth it how good looking he is. Dave and Gavin ease up. It’s futile. Darren groans. DARREN (with renewed urgency) I’m gunna vom. DAVE Just fucking breathe. Fuck.

GAVIN

DAVE Just… breathe… DANA (VO) There's not many cars on the road which is lucky because Julia goes over the lines and I have to grab the wheel and then I see what she's looking at: Mike fucking injecting saliva into Katie's 9   THE CONTENTS OF THIS DOCUMENT ARE PRIVATE AND CONFIDENTIAL AND ARE THE COPYRIGHT OF JOANNA ERSKINE and DAMIEN POWER. BASED ON THE ORIGINAL MONOLOGUE, BOOT, COPYRIGHT JOANNA ERSKINE, 2010

 


mouth and Zoe laughing. And Julia says to me, ‘Hold on.’ The boys in the boot get a massive jolt. DANA (VO) She turns the wheel so fast I hit her seat with my head and Zoe ends up with her head in Mike's crotch which he'd like except him and Katie whack their heads against the window. DAVE What the fuck? DARREN I’m gunna do it. GAVIN No, no, no, no, no – DAVE Find him something to spew in. Gavin and Dave scrabble around trying to find something, anything. GAVIN I’ve got an umbrella. Fuck.

DAVE

GAVIN Um… tell us everything you ate today starting with breakfast. What?

DAVE

GAVIN I dunno. Works for hiccups. DARREN Umm… museli. What kind?

GAVIN

DARREN One with apricot. What else? Yoghurt.

GAVIN DARREN 10  

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Darren retches, suddenly and violently. An explosion of puke: beers and party snacks all come rushing back. Dave and Gavin start yelling, screaming for Julia to stop the car: DAVE/GAVIN PULL OVER. STOP THE FUCKING CAR. DANA (VO) And Julia just laughs. She laughs. And she’s looking again at Mike and maybe she's rethinking the kisses because she is just staring at him and I have to say ‘Pull over. Pull over Julia.’ but she ignores me. Says ‘Hey Mike want to know how fast I can go?’ and he says, ‘Whatever.’ And Katie says “Just drop us home, Julia,” and Zoe says “Take the next left at that Shell.” But instead Julia floors it. Gavin can’t hold it down. The stench is too much. He pukes. FUCK.

DAVE

DANA (VO) And Julia goes faster and faster and faster and faster and starts to swerve left and right and left and right into the tree. The sound of an explosion of metal and glass. CUT TO BLACK 4

EXT - STREET – NIGHT

The darkness of night resolves into an image. Dana, bleeding slightly, walking unsteadily around the wrecked car. The boot is a pulverized mess, sprung open, dark bloody shapes inside. Dana sees Julia, runs to her. Julia is in shock, staring at the wreck. Julia -

DANA

JULIA I’m fucked. I’m so fucked. DANA (after a pause) I was driving. 11   THE CONTENTS OF THIS DOCUMENT ARE PRIVATE AND CONFIDENTIAL AND ARE THE COPYRIGHT OF JOANNA ERSKINE and DAMIEN POWER. BASED ON THE ORIGINAL MONOLOGUE, BOOT, COPYRIGHT JOANNA ERSKINE, 2010

 


What?

JULIA

DANA I wasn’t drinking, Julia. It was an accident. When the cops get here – I was driving. Dana –

JULIA

DANA (insistent) Let me. I was driving. 5

INT – GIRL’S TOILETS – DAY

Dana stands by the door. Sound of a toilet flush. Julia emerges from the cubicle, her left arm in a cast, covered in signatures/scrawl. She sees Dana, heads to the hand-basins. DANA Hey. Why won’t you talk to me? JULIA IGNORES HER. DANA You won’t even look at me. NO RESPONSE. DANA Everyone hates me, Julia. Julia continues to ignore her. DANA (CONT’D) I know what I said. I know what I did. But you have to say something. I need you to. Just say something. JULIA I didn’t ask you to lie, Dana. Julia –

DANA

Julia pushes past her. DANA (CONT’D) Julia! I need you to say something. Please, just fucking say something! JULIA EXITS LEAVING DANA ALONE. 12   THE CONTENTS OF THIS DOCUMENT ARE PRIVATE AND CONFIDENTIAL AND ARE THE COPYRIGHT OF JOANNA ERSKINE and DAMIEN POWER. BASED ON THE ORIGINAL MONOLOGUE, BOOT, COPYRIGHT JOANNA ERSKINE, 2010

 


BOOT: THE FINAL DRAFT