Marked By Darwin
Written by Hamish Lancaster
© Hamish Lancaster
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EXT. BACKYARD - DAY (Opening Credits Sequence)
Concrete moves by, leading to grass, dirt and shadows. A clothes line spins slowly in the breeze. Near the back of the yard a group of guys are standing around a swimming pool. A clear liquid flows through the air towards the pool. Droplets fall from the edge of the now empty kerosene can. Clumsy hands strike at a match, a first time, a second, then a third until the match ignites. The match is dropped.
After a small burst of fire the flames spread across the surface of the water in slow motion. The fire builds in intensity as it spreads, then reaches a crescendo as it rises up and engulfs the air above the pool with a Huge Ball of flame. The guys shield their faces from the heat of the explosion, and stumble backwards, some falling onto the grass behind them.
INT. BEDROOM - DAY
A small boy is sitting slouched up against a wall, he looks too young to be capable of reading, but he has Charles Darwin's “On The Origin Of Species" upside down in his hands, he browses the pages as if it were a picture book.
There is a sudden increase in sound as a group of older boys enter the house, as they pass the small boy's room one drops a backpack, and a mini DV camera falls halfway out. The small boy notices the camera, and moves towards it.
INT. LOUNGE ROOM - DAY
Two of the older boys can be heard entering the house; their voices get louder as they enter the room.
And then we set the layer of
kerosene on the top of the pool on fire. Man.. The Flames were huge!
Why are you always doing that kind
of stuff Man? Doesn't it ever seem like a bad idea in hindsight?
(Slowly and confused)
I guess so. . .
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Glenn rummages through his bag, and notices the digital video camera out of place.
GLENN (CONT'D) (cont’d) Did someone use this while I was
Maybe your little brother got bored
and made a movie of the cat's food bowl again.
The tapes got an extra 20 minutes
recorded on it. That little Freak. I told him not to touch my camera.
The Two Guys set the camera up with the Television and view the footage.
INT. EMPTY GARAGE - DAY
The point of view shakes and stumbles across the garage, finally resting near the garage doorway. Footsteps can be heard leaving.
The little brother returns after a short while and drops a bunch of objects on the ground. He faces the camera.
LITTLE BROTHER (in a dramatic voice)
Behold the amazing light bulbs of doom! Marvel at the bravery of these foam pieces and aluminium cans. The Garage Door Crushing Events are about to begin!
The little boy then lines up light bulbs, pieces of polystyrene foam from appliance packaging, and aluminium cans, all directly underneath the garage door. He presses a button, and the door descends.
LITTLE BROTHER (cont’d) DOOM ! DOOM ! DOOM !
One by one, the objects crumple and give way to the door, first the foam, cracking and flying off in shattered chunks. Then the aluminium cans collapse and fall to the side. And finally the light bulbs explode with a sharp popping sound as the door finally reaches the ground with a steady "Boom".
So I was just using the buzz saw
like I usually do, but the damn thing got stuck into the wood didn't it. I didn't think to turn it off but, just grabbed onto it and started pulling...
INT. ROYAL DARWIN HOSPITAL O.R. - DAY
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Holy crap! That's awesome. We have
to try that man...
Much better than the cat food video
that's for sure. How strong is your garage door?
Let’s find out, can you get the
watermelon out of the fridge?
STEVE Sure thing.
INT. ROYAL DARWIN HOSPITAL EMERGENCY ROOM - DAY
Glenn is rushed in on a stretcher, and taken through a doorway; he can be heard screaming as he goes.
Steve is stopped at the doorway and told to wait at reception. Steve sits in amongst others in the waiting room. A strange assortment of people fill the other seats. A man is at the reception desk explaining his ailment. He clasps his knee with a tight grip, as if to keep it from coming apart, blood dripping from his hands occasionally.