Steve McQueen & Abi Morgan
INT. BEDROOM. APARTMENT. DAWN.
BRANDON SULLIVAN [early 30's] lies staring up caught in a
disarray of sheets until-
The PEEP PEEP PEEP of an alarm clock, from deep within a
The MUFFLED PAD of FOOTSTEPS crossing overhead-
BRANDON listens then gets up, pulls blinds and heads out
towards the bathroom-
The SOUND of his feet disappearing down a distant corridor.
The MURMUR of an answer phone as we hear BRANDON peeing, in a
far off bathroom.
2 INT. PLATFORM. SUBWAY. DAWN. 2
BRANDON stands, looking down, watching until-
A SUDDEN breeze, the subway train oncoming-
The doors GLIDE SHUT-
BRANDON just visible through the window of the train, walking
towards a distant seat.
3 INT. TRAIN. SUBWAY. MORNING. 3
BRANDON sits, eyes casually tracing over the faces in the
crowded train. A HOMELESS MAN sits, further along the car,
haggard and grey, and sleeping, the seat empty, either side
of him. He looks more like a pile of clothes.
BRANDON turns back. The reflection of an PRETTY SUBWAY GIRL
caught in the glass opposite.
4 INT. CORRIDOR. APARTMENT. DAWN. 4
BRANDON padding naked along a corridor. He flicks on an
answer machine in passing-
FEMALE CALLER ON ANSWER MACHINE
Hey...It's me?...Pick Up.. Pick
He enters the bathroom.
5 INT. CORRIDOR. APARTMENT. DAWN. 5
We hear BRANDON peeing in the bathroom.
6 INT. CORRIDOR. APARTMENT. DAWN. 6
The answer machine message drowned by the flushing of the
toilet, the shutting of the door and the shower being
7 INT. SUBWAY. MORNING. 7
A HOMELESS MAN head lolling, sat alone at the end of a busy
BRANDON considers, catching the eye of-
A PRETTY SUBWAY GIRL seated opposite, the whisper of a smile,
grazing her lips.
BRANDON's eyes teasing over-
The fall of the PRETTY SUBWAY GIRL's hair-
The dip in her collarbone-
Her nail polish with French manicure-
BRANDON looks at her. She looks away.
BRANDON resumes staring. She looks back through the bodies
of commuters. We see their eyes looking at each other.
Their seduction continues through the collage of colors and
8 INT. OFFICE - BOARDROOM. DAY. 8
BRANDON, sits in a packed meeting room, a pitch just audible,
DAVID FISHER, [early/ late 40's] BRANDON's boss, a kind of
white noise, and yet-
I find you disgusting..I find you
inconsolable..I find you invasive..
The IT TECHNICIAN just visible wheeling a cart away, with
That is what the cynics used to
say..Companies would refuse to look
to the future..They'd say `Can we
stop this virus"?
The scratch of a pencil against paper-
BRANDON sits distracted, facing COLLEAGUE #1. MARIANNE
[mid/late 20's] seated further along the table, steals a look
A glass door opens-
The PRETTY ASSISTANT brings in coffee, sliding down a cup in
front of BRANDON.
As if it was a negative
progression, a descent into hell,
moving with stealth amongst those
you need to affect, growing more
and more with a momentum that is
BRANDON looks across the hall, distracted by the IT
TECHNICIAN who is replacing the computer in his office.
Now, some inane kid snorting the
entire load of his mother's spice
cupboard and posts that on You
Tube. They would watch as it would
become the buzzword amongst high
school kids everywhere.
Eventually..their cynicism would
turn to awe.
9 INT. FRONT DOOR. APARTMENT. NIGHT. 9
BRANDON to the front door and opens it to reveal an
ATTRACTIVE WOMAN (ALEXA)
BRANDON steps aside to let the ATTRACTIVE WOMAN in. She walks
into the apartment as he closes the door.
No thank you.
BRANDON picks up money from the table and give it to ALEXA.
She counts it and nods to BRANDON.
ALEXA puts the money in her bag.
BRANDON gestures to his room. ALEXA turns and walks away.
10 INT. BEDROOM. APARTMENT. NIGHT. 10
A tidy bedroom-
BRANDON lies on the bed watching, waiting. ALEXA starts to
take her top off.
ALEXA continues slowly, tosses it aside, and continues taking
off her bra and panties. Finally putting her earrings on the
bedside table. BRANDON reaches up to pull her onto the bed.
11 INT. APARTMENT. MORNING. 11
The SOUND of BRANDON getting up-
The SOUND of blinds being raised-
CLOSE UP of a discarded earring on the carpet.
BRANDON padding naked along a corridor.
The SHARP TONE of the answer machine flicked on in passing-
Audible from the corridor-
FEMALE CALLER ON ANSWER MACHINE
Hey, it's me..
We hear BRANDON turn on the shower.
FEMALE CALLER ON ANSWER MACHINE
Pick Up.. Pick Up...
BRANDON walks towards the kitchen and we hear him pour a
glass of water.
FEMALE CALLER ON ANSWER MACHINE
BRANDON crosses the hall and enters the toilet.
FEMALE CALLER ON ANSWER MACHINE
BRANDON turns on the light, puts down his glass and urinates.
FEMALE CALLER ON ANSWER MACHINE
(whispers) Brandon Where are you?-
Brandon? Brandon? (louder)
BRANDON finishes, flushes toilet, steps off screen
FEMALE CALLER ON ANSWER MACHINE
This is me Calling you.. (SIGHS)
The CALLER hangs up
BRANDON re-appears and closes the bathroom door
12 INT. BATHROOM. APARTMENT. DAWN. 12
BRANDON in the shower, a sense of movement, his hand, barely
visible, moving back and forth.
The fall of the shower-
BRANDON stands, letting the water wash over him.
13 INT. SUBWAY. DAWN. 13
BRANDON sits, looking over at the PRETTY SUBWAY GIRL sitting
The train moves on, after a while stopping at another
PEOPLE get on, PEOPLE get off.
BRANDON's eyes travel down over the PRETTY SUBWAY GIRL's legs
She opens them a little, the dip of her skirt, sinking deep
between her thighs-
She looks up, senses BRANDON watching. She lets her fingers
fall in her lap.
BRANDON shifts a little in his seat to get a better look
through the crowd. Suddenly she stands and makes her way to
the train door. Hand reaching out and clenching a metal pole
for stability, revealing a wedding ring.
BRANDON's hand reaches for the pole too, touching her as he
stands behind her. There is a gentle unison contact.
BRANDON's breath, heavy on her neck. Both are frozen to the
spot, caught in a mutual moment.
14 INT. SUBWAY. MORNING. 14
The train door bolts open and the PRETTY SUBWAY GIRL
disembarks. BRANDON is blocked by a MALE PASSENGER as he gets
out in quick pursuit of the PRETTY SUBWAY GIRL.
BRANDON is several paces behind now, pursues. She turns left
into a stairwell.
It's almost like fighting a downward river. People are
walking into his path as he struggles to keep pace with the
PRETTY SUBWAY GIRL.
The tail of her coat vanishes at the top of the stairs. A
moment later, BRANDON reaches the summit, to be greeted by a
He looks left at one staircase. People ascend.
He looks right at another staircase. Other passengers ascend.
People come in and out of the turnstiles on the right-hand
side. He has lost her. A sudden moment of disappointment
crosses his face.
He descends the staircase, dejected.
15 INT. OFFICE. DAY. 15
BRANDON walks into his office and to his desk, stops in his
tracks, heart thumping-
A bare space where BRANDON's computer once was and next to it
a replacement computer. A pink fluffy gonk or the like stuck
to the screen.
16 INT. CUBICLE. MEN'S TOILETS. OFFICE. DAY. 16
BRANDON walks into a toilet cubicle, shuts and locks the
door. He cleans the seat with toilet paper, flushes, stands,
and starts to masturbate.
17 INT. OFFICE - DAVID'S OFFICE. DAY. 17
A TAP on the door-
BRANDON enters DAVID's office, DAVID is lost in paperwork,
looking up from his desk.
Do you know what's going on with my
They took it.
Yeah, I know. Someone could have
Some kind of Virus.
I walk in and it's not there? And I
get some kind of replacement?
Some kind of virus. They're
stripping it all out.
BRANDON nods, swigs a Red Bull in his hands-
18 EXT. STREET. BRANDON'S APARTMENT BUILDING. 18
BRANDON is walking with shopping bags. He slows by the
revolving doors, spots a mother with buggy about to come out
of the other door and hurries over to open the door for her.
WOMAN comes out nodding her thanks.
19 INT. APARTMENT. NIGHT. 19
BRANDON looks through his vast record collection and
carefully puts a disk on the record player.
20 INT. KITCHEN. APARTMENT. NIGHT. 20
The chink of beer bottles, banging up against one another as
BRANDON opens the fridge door-
BRANDON peers in, considering the left over take out resting
on the shelf. He takes it out, flipping open a bottle of beer
in a familiar move and banging the door shut with his back.
A flyer for an fancy take out flaps under a magnet on the
21 INT. LIVING ROOM. APARTMENT. NIGHT. 21
A comfortable apartment-
BRANDON spoons Chinese take out into his mouth, sliding down
in front a laptop resting on his desk.
Music continues to surround the apartment.
The bright serenade of his laptop opening, BRANDON resumes,
fingers absently tapping the keyboard-
A distant whir of a car alarm, far off.
22 INT. LIVING ROOM. APARTMENT. NIGHT. 22
BRANDON, in the dark, watching pornography on his laptop-
BRANDON's cell phone rings. He ignores it.
And then steady monotonous ring of a telephone close by,
BRANDON barely wavers as it clicks onto answer machine-
The HEAVY DEAD TONE of the answer machine as the caller's
message kicks in-
FEMALE CALLER ON ANSWER MACHINE
have cancer...I have one week to
FEMALE CALLER ON ANSWER MACHINE
It's the very worse kind of cancer.
Of the vulva-
BRANDON switches off the answer machine. Sighs, and returns
to his laptop.
(thru computer) (Moans)
23 EXT. STREET. OUTSIDE APARTMENT. DAY. 23
A beautiful day-
BRANDON's face now fresh, passing-
A CUTE NEIGHBOR heading into the building, lost in
conversation on her cellphone-
BRANDON juggling cellphone, keys and satchel, heading off to
work, watching the sway of her ass.
24 INT. OFFICE - BRANDON'S OFFICE. DAY. 24
MARIANNE is on the phone in a busy office
25 INT. HOTEL ROOM. BRANDON'S FANTASY. 25
Profile of MARIANNE's bare back.
26 INT. OFFICE - BRANDON'S OFFICE. DAY. 26
BRANDON, seemingly in a trance, looking out across the
office, eyes fixed on MARIANNE in her glass cubicle, unaware
of BRANDON staring.
STEVEN's reflection in the window, we see him screw up a
piece of paper and throw it at BRANDON.
BRANDON shakes his head.
You're such a dick
What are you doing, man?
BRANDON once again looks up toward MARIANNE.
27 INT. OFFICE. DAY. 27
MARIANNE on the phone.
DAVID now appears in front of BRANDON. From afar, nods to
him, and greets a group of CLIENTS.
(WHISTLES) Alright, gentlemen, If
you'll just please make yourselves
28 INT. OFFICE - CONFERENCE ROOM. DAY. 28
Just visible, in the conference room-
BRANDON inside with the CLIENTS and DAVID. A sense of
camaraderie. The meeting at an end. DAVID, slapping BRANDON
on the back, the sense of celebration.
It falls upon me, as your beloved
boss, to propose a toast. To
29 INT. AFTER WORK BAR. NIGHT. 29
The thump of music-
BRANDON, DAVID and OTHERS wedged in a leather booth, several
shots and beer down, the table littered with beers. Cheers.
I hope my wife appreciates it.
ALL chink glasses
Get a new tie, please.
Oh my goodness. (SNIFFS) I love
women in suits. I love women in
ALL Look off-screen at the women.
We could talk business, I would
rearrange my life.. Wow, she's
I'm gonna go talk to her.
You should go talk to her.
OK...OK..Count me down...
Yeah you should
BRANDON fist bumps with DAVID
Twenty bucks says he fucks it up.
BRANDON starts to stand.
30 INT. AFTER WORK BAR. NIGHT. 30
Ash is amazing
How's it humping an old man?
Well, usually I do him on scotch.
DAVID walks up to the bar behind the women.
Hi, excuse me.
Listen, I don't want to beat around
the bush. I think you're absolutely
My name's David.
DAVID shakes hands with ELIZABETH
Nice to meet you
It's a beautiful name. (TO LOREN)
Hi, I'm David. I don't mean to be
DAVID shakes hands with LOREN and RACHEL
Hi, how are you? (TO RACHEL) David.
Nice to meet you, nice to meet you.
(TO ELIZABETH) Listen, can I buy
you a drink? (TO ALL) Can I buy you
Sure, why not.
I would love that. That would be my
pleasure. What are you guys
drinking? What do you want?
Well, we were thinking shots.
You were thinking shots?
We just did shots of tequila. Would
you guys like a shot of tequila?
Bring it on.
Love it. Love it.
DAVID (TO BAR TENDER) (CONT'D)
Excuse me, hey, bartender.
Bartender? Can we get four shots of
your finest tequila? Thank you very
ELIZABETH sips her drink.
I can see you're very successful.
Yeah, I think part of the secret to
my success is, is attention to
Play the game.
ELIZABETH closes her eyes
ELIZABETH turns to DAVID
Ok, er.. Blue or green?
The SUITED WOMAN closes her eyes, the flutter of her lashes
oddly fragile, in waiting until-
I like games, I like this game.
(sudden change of tac)
Green. Green, it's green.
They spring open to reveal brown eyes-
DAVID hesitates, throws his arms up, resigned.
That's Brown. That's.. I don't know
how you change the colour of your
eyes like that. How do you do that
That's amazing. That's a real
Yeah, detail man. Detail man.
BRANDON slides down next to DAVID, back from the washroom.
Hey buddy, hey buddy. Hey.
DAVID puts an arm around BRANDON.
This guy, right here, fucking
nailed it today. (TO BRANDON) I
want you to know, you fucking
nailed it. You're the man. Your
pitch? (TO ELIZABETH) Amazing.
Amazing. (TO BRANDON) Listen, we're
playing a game here. (TO ELIZABETH)
Close your eyes again.
ELIZABETH closes her eyes.
Blue or green?
The SUITED WOMAN flicks open her eyes, smiles.
Fuck Off. (TO LOREN) Alright you.
Hey, Loren. Loren. Close your eyes.
DAVID turns to BRANDON
That's... you're just making that
See. He's good.
He's just.. He's just picking
You can have his shot.
ELIZABETH passes BRANDON a shot.
You know what? Excuse me. We need
another shot, please.
ELIZABETH (TO BAR TENDER)
You can put these on me.
No, no, no. I told you that... I
ELIZABETH (OVER) (TO BAR TENDER)
ELIZABETH (TO DAVID) (CONT'D)
No, I have it.
Ill get the next round.
You're a strong, independent woman.
I like that, I like that.
Thank you. Cheers
ELIZABETH raises her glass.
The others all raise their glasses
To nailing it, and-
To nailing it.
To nailing it.
Success. Yes. Cheers.
ALL down their shots
(reacts to the strong drink) Oh,
(reacts to the strong drink) Whoah.
So what do you girls do for fun?
Fun? Er, karate.
DAVID mimics karate moves
(Mimics ninja sounds)
You hear this song. I love this
song, I wrote this song...
DAVID holds out his hand to ELIZABETH
And I would love it if you would
dance with me to this son that I
wrote for you.
DAVID takes ELIZABETH's hand.
DAVID tugs her arm playfully
Come on, come on, come on. Let's go
on the dance floor. One song.
Yeah. Come on. You're a fun girl.
It'll be fun. Come on.
DAVID pulls ELIZABETH onto the dance floor.
DAVID (O.S.) (CONT'D)
I'll bring her back. Swear to God.
BRANDON turns to watch them on the dance floor.
Come one, come on, it's fun. It's
31 INT. AFTER WORK BAR - DANCEFLOOR. NIGHT. 31
The pulsing thump of music, the latest cutting edge sounds-
DAVID pulls ELIZABETH into dancing, at first playful and
DAVID is insistent, pulling her closer, drawing her into a
frenzied awkward dance. BRANDON looking on, the SUITED
WOMAN's eyes grazing his, lingering on BRANDON as DAVID
There you go. Mwah! You're
beautiful. Alright, alright,
spinning, spinning, spinning. Wooh!
BRANDON watches the duo dancing
I'm grabbing her purse `cos she's
gonna get robbed and roofied.
RACHEL and LOREN walk off to the dance floor
Are you sure?
ELIZABETH and DAVID are amongst the dancers on the floor.
DAVID is performing enthusiastically. ELIZABETH, slow,
glances at BRANDON.
We see BRANDON through the dancers, watching.
32 EXT. AFTER WORK BAR. NIGHT. 32
DAVID struggling to push his arm through the twisted sleeve
of his jacket, pursuing ELIZABETH and her friends up the
Ok, ok, ok, ok, ok, ok. Hold on,
hold on. No, listen. I just got to
talk to you one more time, one more
BRANDON comes out of the club, doing up his coat. Looks away
at DAVID haranguing the trio.
Your eyes, they're beautiful. You
know why I didn't get it right the
first time? Because it's, it's like
a collage. Let me see your hand,
let me see your hand..
DAVID smiles, gently coaxing her in the opposite direction-
BRANDON hails a cab. DAVID continues haranguing ELIZABETH
Look at those eyes, look at those
eyes. I know the color of your
David, come on.
Come on, we can play that game.
That's so much fun when you play
A cab pulls up.
It's okay. `cos I'm going this way.
BRANDON opens the cab door and waits with the taxi. DAVID
walks towards BRANDON.
Hey man, he's going uptown.
DAVID concedes throwing his arms up, jacket half on. DAVID
paws BRANDON affectionately, straightens BRANDON's jacket,
gives him a kiss and stumbles into the cab.
I'll see you tomorrow
The cab pulls away.
33 EXT. STREET. NEAR AFTER WORK BAR. NIGHT. 33
A car glides close to the kerb-
BRANDON head down walking-
Hey. Wanna ride?
BRANDON gets into the car.
34 EXT. FREEWAY. BRIDGE. NIGHT. 34
The incessant drone of cars, steady overhead-
Vast concrete supports edging the highway-
BRANDON presses ELIZABETH flat again the grit of the wall
Caught in the scissored half light, they move, with glorious
The slice of passing headlights casting fractured light
across their writhing state until-
ELIZABETH gasps, her body shuddering, leaning into his as
they climax together, sweat beading skin.
35 INT. BRANDON'S BUILDING CORRIDOR. OUTSIDE APARTMENT. NIGHT.
BRANDON walking along the corridor-
He reaches for his keys, suddenly hesitating on-
The thump of music coming from his apartment-
BRANDON tentatively turns his key and pushes the door open-
36 INT. LIVING ROOM. APARTMENT. NIGHT. 36
BRANDON enters. He looks around, nothing-
The turn of vinyl on the record player-
I Feel Love by Donna Summer steadily rotating-
BRANDON makes his way back to the corridor and notices a
light on in the bathroom from the slit under the door.
He opens up an adjacent cupboard and fishes out a baseball
bat, and heads toward the bathroom.
37 INT. CORRIDOR. APARTMENT. NIGHT. 37
BRANDON steadily approaches the bathroom door, considers-
He shoves it open, hard, baseball bat at the ready-
38 INT. BATHROOM. APARTMENT. NIGHT. 38
BRANDON running, shrieking like a banshee, blinding waving
the baseball bat, slicing air-
I'll fucking kill you!-
SISSY SULLIVAN [mid/late 20's] leaps out of the bath, naked,
screaming and dripping wet-
What the.. What the fuck?
SISSY holds her hurt elbow
Fuck! Fuck! Ow! Fuck! -
Jesus Christ Sissy.
BRANDON stands, shaking staring at his naked startled sister-
Brandon. Don't you fucking knock?
What the fuck. Why would I knock? I
How'd you get in?
Ow! You gave me fucking keys.
BRANDON goes for a towel, shoving it towards her,
embarrassed. SISSY dries her face.
(GROANS) You fucking scared me
Don't I always say call me first if
you're coming into town?
Oh my god, I called you SO many
You have a fucking baseball bat?
SISSY laughs. BRANDON relaxes. She tousles her hair.
(LAUGHS) (SIGHS) Mmmm.
What is this shit you put on your
hair? Honestly, it's awful.
BRANDON shakes his head, at a loss.
Is it for grooming dogs?
SISSY throws the towel and BRANDON
Good to see you.
BRANDON throws the towel back at her.
Lock the door next time.
BRANDON turns to leave the room
Don't use all the towels
BRANDON closes the door to the bathroom.
39 INT. LIVING ROOM. APARTMENT. NIGHT. 39
We follow BRANDON as he walks through to the living room to
the record player I Feel Love stuck in eternal groove. He
gently lifts the needle off the record. He uses the baseball
bat to pick up SISSY's scarf. He sniffs it.
BRANDON stands considers-
40 INT. BEDROOM. APARTMENT. NIGHT. 40
BRANDON is watching pornography on his laptop, hears SISSY on
the telephone. He listens.
..I want you. I don't want anyone
else. There is no one else. I love
you. I'll do anything.
I'll do anything. Please don't say
that. Please don't say that.
I love you. I love you. I'll do
anything. I'll do anything.
BRANDON moves the laptop and starts to get up.
41 INT. LIVING ROOM. APARTMENT. NIGHT. 41
I don't have to go out. I don't
have to go out. I don't even
fucking want to go out. I can stay
with you. I don't care. I don't
care. I don't need anybody else. I
love you. I love you. I love you so
much (CRIES) I love you, please. I
love you. I love you.
42 INT. BEDROOM. APARTMENT. NIGHT. 42
BRANDON is listening at the door.
Please (CRIES) I feel sick. I feel
BRANDON closes his eyes, resigned.
43 INT. KITCHEN. APARTMENT. MORNING. 43
BRANDON sliding whisked eggs into a pan of sizzling butter-
SISSY enters and sits on the kitchen counter, wearing a long-
sleeved white t-shirt and holding the earring left by the
Pretty Woman [prostitute]. Dangling it in front of BRANDON-
Morning. Nice earring. Hot date?
Hiding his surprise, BRANDON gets some juice out of the
fridge, passes it to SISSY.
BRANDON gives SISSY a carton of juice. Still sitting on the
counter, SISSY grabs it with both hands, almost like a
child's bottle and starts drinking.
BRANDON, irritated, says abruptly-
Will you use a glass?
BRANDON steps away, takes a glass from a cupboard and shoves
it towards her.
SISSY pours the juice into the glass and drinks. BRANDON
steps back to the cooker, preparing food.
(SIGHS) You're going grey. Do you
think I look fat?
BRANDON doesn't react.
Do you think I look fat?
BRANDON nods in the direction of the table.
She leaps off the counter and makes her way to the table. She
slaps BRANDON's behind. BRANDON's face is one of despair and
(GASPS) Fuck you!
SISSY slams her glass on an O/S table and throws the earring
I'm doing a couple of gigs.
BRANDON walks towards her with a pan of food.
BRANDON serves the food.
Can I stay?
You want toast?
Just for a few days.
BRANDON ignores her question and walks away to the kitchen.
I'd stay with Mark but he's being a
SISSY Stands and walks away, following BRANDON.
SISSY wraps her arms around BRANDON from behind.
(EXHALES) Jesus, Sissy.
BRANDON pushes her arms off, turns and walks to the fridge
with the juice.
What do you expect?
Look, you get the sofa and you get
your ass off it-
SISSY leaps on his back smothering him with flat lipped
kisses all over his head until-
Before I leave every morning.
(GASPS) I will. I promise. I will
BRANDON pushes her down as she gives him a big kiss.
SISSY, happy, walks back to sit down at the table.
We leave in fifteen.
SISSY sprinkles salt on her breakfast. She smile, playful,
(Reacting to food) Mmm. Mmmm!
(SHOUTS) So good.!
The door slams. SISSY sighs and stares towards the front
door, a sadness hanging-
44 INT. PLATFORM. SUBWAY. MORNING. 44
SISSY stands, toes edging over the platform. BRANDON pulls
Stop fucking around.
SISSY stares at BRANDON. Instinctively, BRANDON feels her
gaze. He turns and looks. They hold each other's eyes for
more than a beat. BRANDON turns away. SISSY begins picking
pieces of fluff off BRANDON's shoulder. BRANDON, visually
SISSY goes again.
You have fluff.
I like it there.
A quick moment passes. BRANDON picks the fluff off his
shoulder and puts it on SISSY's shoulder - to her amusement.
How are you for money?
Cause if you need some money.
Honestly, I even make money now and
BRANDON nods at SISSY's hat.
Are you collecting mad hats?
(LAUGHS) You should come and hear
Yeah. I will.
`Yeah I will', like, `yeah I will'
like last time? Please come.
BRANDON takes off her hat.
Where'd you get this, anyway.
Yeah, I can see that.
SISSY takes the hat and puts it on BRANDON.
(WHISPERS) Do you like?
BRANDON adjusts the hat.
SISSY gently bumps his shoulder with hers.
Ok. I will.
SISSY stamps her feet excitedly.
SISSY leans her head on BRANDON's shoulder and he puts his
arm around her.
45 INT. OFFICE. DAY. 45
BRANDON hurries into the office area, unbuckling his coat as
he does so. DAVID, phone pressed to his ear, mid way through
a conference call clocks him, throws some lewd gesture.
BRANDON smiles, throws up his hands, he's late. What can you
BRANDON continues into his office.
Fuck, my computer.
BRANDON puts down his coffee, and takes off his scarf.
Well, well, well.
Look who's decided to grace us with
BRANDON puts his scarf in the closet and takes off his coat.
Don't tell me. No cabs.
No, your wife wouldn't let me leave
BRANDON hangs up his coat.
Ah! Hey, that's not cool.
BRANDON laughs as he sits down at his desk.
You should be so lucky.
Yes. Like, fifty.
BRANDON sips his coffee.
46 INT. OFFICE - COFFEE AREA. DAY. 46
BRANDON stands, in the coffee area making himself a generic
MARIANNE is seated in her glass office in the background at
DAVID approaches, slapping BRANDON on the ass.
Hey! Heads up, buddy-?
So, how'd it go last night?
BRANDON pours coffee, glancing at DAVID behind him.
Yeah. Got home. Went to bed. Good
DAVID looks at him, shakes his head in a knowing fashion.
A-ha. Right, right. Let's do it
again tonight. Some place classier
Well... My sister's playing
She's a musician. Well, she's a
Okay. Yeah, yeah. You know what,
that sounds er.. A lot of fun.
(taps coffee mug/walking
And that'll ruin your enamel.
BRANDON watches DAVID walk into his office, shutting his door
47 INT. OFFICE - CORRIDOR OUTSIDE BATHROOM. DAY. 47
He turns right abruptly, pass the coffee area, and then right
again. A COLLEAGUE is coming out of a door. He holds it open
for BRANDON as he walks in. The door slowly closes, exposing
the MEN'S sign for the bathroom.
48 INT. BOOM BOOM ROOM - COATCHECK. NIGHT. 48
BRANDON and DAVID, not knowing what is to await them, walk
towards the doors of the beautiful setting of THE BOOM BOOM
That elevator music's like a bad
Evening. Er.. Reservation.
Great. I have you on the list. I'll
have you follow me.
BRANDON and DAVID take off their scarves and coats.
BRANDON and DAVID give their coats to FEMALE STAFF MEMBER.
DAVID (TO COAT CHECK GIRL)
There you are.
Right this way, please.
Oh, wow, look at that ass. I could
follow that forever.
DAVID glances back at BRANDON
Nice pick. (SNIGGERS) (WHISTLES)
DAVID and BRANDON walk on towards the bar.
49 INT. BOOM BOOM ROOM. NIGHT. 49
BRANDON and DAVID enter a beautiful bar. A spectacular 180
degree view of Manhattan. The room has the most elegant
decor. It is to die for:
Metropolis meets Blade Runner, a glittering New York skyline
to the North of the room, the grey endless black of the
Hudson River to the South.
It surpasses DAVID's idea of classy.
The murmur of conversation-
The shake of cocktails mixed-
Oh. Oh, I forgot how beautiful this
BRANDON and DAVID follow the HOSTESS to take a seat at a far
Oh, thank you, thank you.
A stunning leggy COCKTAIL WAITRESS walks up to the table,
dressed in silky 1930's cigarette girl costume.
Hi guys. How are you both doing
tonight? What can I get you?
Hi. Your.. Your accent. Are you..?
Are you from erm..?
BRANDON looks down and chuckles to himself.
Oh! Oh, that is a beautiful city.
(LAUGHS) You've been there?
Once or twice.
Can we get two dry martinis with
And a little bit later, why don't
you come by for a drink with us?
I'll make sure I get those drinks.
The COCKTAIL WAITRESS smiles, moving on, she's heard it all
DAVID smiles, clocks BRANDON's look.
She would be offended if I didn't
BRANDON shakes his head and looks down.
DAVID and BRANDON look around the room
DAVID and BRANDON are fortunate to be here. The clink of
glasses, the noise of laughter waft through the room.
Across the room, a familiar face.
Her wavering a little at first on seeing BRANDON across the
room. Their eyes lock.
She smiles, with quiet surprise-
BRANDON looks away, ignoring SISSY's gaze, not wanting to
look at her. SISSY plays on, inwardly crestfallen, her
fingers working across the piano keys.
DAVID leans back, eyes grazing over SISSY, a kind of white
noise to SISSY's beautiful music-
The seeping first bars of `New York New York' filtering
Start spreading the news. I'm
leaving today. I want to be a part
of it. New York..New York.
It's a familiar song but in SISSY's hands, every word
punctures like an emotional fireburst-
SISSY's voice is oddly haunting underscoring the bubble of
I want to wake up in a city that
doesn't sleep. And find I'm king of
the hill, top of the heap.
SISSY's eyes dart back to BRANDON, seemingly lost in his
conversation, but competing now with SISSY and her song-
My little town blues-
Suddenly SISSY's fingers drop from the piano, her whole body
curving into the microphone offering a blues vocal acoustic,
slowly but quietly captivating-
They're melting away. I gonna make
a brand new start of it.
Even DAVID's listening now-
In old New York....
SISSY's up moving now, she is completely lost in the song and
the room is coming with her-
BRANDON concedes,looking back at SISSY, now holding the room.
If I can make it there-
A kind of hushed still has descended-
I'll make it anywhere. It's up to
you..New york, New york. New York,
SISSY comes closer, walking between the tables, flirting and
laughing and drawing the audience in until they are in the
palm of her hand.
I want to wake up in a city, that
never sleeps...And find I'm a
SISSY grazes past BRANDON's table, eyes catching on BRANDON,
singing for him now-
Top of the list, king
of the hill-
BRANDON drinks, not looking at SISSY. She closes her eyes,
tears stinging, reeling back into herself-
A number one...
SISSY draws out the note, bringing the song momentarily to a
SISSY's misty eyes open as BRANDON at last looks at her, the
moment oddly fragile between them, brutal and yet tender.
Even DAVID sensing something until-
These little town blues-
SISSY turns, makes her way back to the piano, enjoying it now-
Are melting away...
Fingers touching the keys once more, masterfully picking up
and improvising with the last few bars-
I'm gonna make a brand new start of
it - in old
SISSY leans back. She is on fire now, singing with every
fibre of her heart and soul, like no other rendition heard.
And if I can make it there, I'm
gonna make it
anywhere It's up to you-
SISSY holds BRANDON with a voice, a sudden flickering emotion
threatening to topple her, somehow in SISSY's hands this song
New york New york
New York..New York..
New york New york
(almost to a whisper)
New york New york.
SISSY strikes one last note, lost deep within herself-
Wow. Wow! Bravo!
Sudden APPLAUSE, CHEERS, OVERWHELMING-
DAVID turns to BRANDON
(LAUGHS) She's good! She's good!
BRANDON looks away, eyes filling with tears.
BRANDON puts down his drink, blotting his coaster with the
imprint of the deep red rim of his glass-
He's the only one not applauding.
50 INT. BOOM BOOM ROOM. NIGHT. 50
SISSY is being congratulated by a HIP MEDIA TYPE and his
WIFE. The scene is one of congratulations, SISSY is admired.
SISSY confident approaches DAVID and BRANDON. She is bold and
It's a pleasure to meet you.
Nice to meet you.
I think you were fantastic and you
look great in the dress, too.
Please sit down.
Thank you. (TO BRANDON) What did
Yeah, it was... interesting.
(LAUGHS) What do you mean?
Er.. No, it was, er.. It was good.
It was good.
DAVID finishes his martini.
It was good?
He was crying. He was crying. THere
were tears coming down his face. I
saw it. You made a grown-man cry.
I'm gonna get some more drinks.
That's a great idea. Why don't you
get a round for the table, buddy?
OK, I'm really sorry about that,
I.. He's had a rough day at work. I
think he's a bit emotional right
So you guys grew up in Jersey,
Hmm. You still live there?
That's good. That's good. Where do
you live now?
Kind of all over the place.
Yeah? What's the last city you've
Oh boy. You like it there?
I mean, I'm going back.
That must mean you love it then,
No! I can't even fucking drive.
It's a nightmare.
(LAUGHS) Whoa, wait a minute, wait
a minute. You can't drive?
I tried when I was a kid, and I was
Wait, how old were you when you
You were 16 years old?
So wait, wait, wait a minute. How
do you get along in Los Angeles?
BRANDON sits behind them.
I take the bus.
No, no, no, no, no no. Look, look.
DAVID takes SISSY's hand. BRANDON notices, looking
A girl like you cannot be taking
One of Sissy's sleeves rolls down to her elbow, as she
casually puts her hand under her chin, charmingly tilting her
head - revealing a cross stitch of scars, the trail of self
harm laced up her arm. DAVID noticies.
What.. Waht happened to your arm
Oh, just.. When I was a kid I was
SISSY takes her hand back.
Well, you must have been really
Alright, we've got a problem. your
sister cannot be taking the bus
anywhere. OK. I know a guy who owns
a car rental company. We're gonna
get you a car, we're going to drive
around in circles in a parking lot
and you are going to learn how to
Not a stick, automatic. It's a
I would love that.
You'd love that. That's good. You
know what? Better yet..
We're going to get you a golf cart.
We're gonna get you a gold cart and
you will drive the golf cart
Wow, now we're talking. I
Yeah, yeah, yeah.
Everybody should drive golf carts.
A golf cart right up Fifth Avenue,
SISSY sips her drink.
You know, they should They should.
It would be a lot cleaner and
greener. It would be great for the
city. Brandon, what do you think?
DAVID looks at BRANDON. BRANDON looks like he would rather be
anywhere than where he is now.
I love your, brother. What an
amazing man. How long are you here
I don't know.
You don't know? Can I see you
Is that too forward? I just.. I
find you fascinating, I really do.
I think you're a fascinating
creature, I'd love to see you
Listen, why don't we.. this is a
celebration, let's have champagne.
Champagne for everybody. For the
whole table. Come on!
BRANDON looks unenthusiastic
51 INT. CAB (CROWN VIC STYLE). NIGHT. 51
BRANDON wedged in the back of the cab, with DAVID and SISSY
as they are lost eating one another's faces.
Looking uncomfortable, BRANDON frequently takes glimpses in
the rear view mirror.
DAVID and SISSY continue making out. It's almost animal.
52 EXT. STREET. OUTSIDE APARTMENT. NIGHT. 52
A dimly lit street-
A cab is pulling up. DAVID opens the door.
I've got it, I've got it. Get out,
get out, get out, get out.
DAVID is wearing SISSY's hat.
Come here, come here, come here,
Finally SISSY steps out of the cab, DAVID lifts her over his
(YELPS) Oh, God! No! (LAUGHS)
(STRAINS) Come on, come on with me,
Get off. Get off. Get off.
You wanted me to do that. How did
Get off me.
SISSY starts to enter thru the revolving door. DAVID follows
Ah come on, come on, come on, come
on, come on...
BRANDON is left alone to pay the driver.
53 INT. BRANDON'S APARTMENT - CORRIDOR. NIGHT. 53
BRANDON waits in the lobby, pressing the button for the
elevator. An elevator arrives. He ignores it and sits down.
54 INT. CORRIDOR/KITCHEN. APARTMENT. NIGHT. 54
BRANDON enter his apartment door.
He hears giggling from his bedroom.
(LAUGHS) Well, I am hot, I am hot.
You are hot.
(LAUGHTER and chatter)
BRANDON walks to his kitchen.
HE hits the kitchen cabinet in frustration.
He walks into the living area and paces.
BRANDON considers, looking out through the window, he sits on
the ledge, wringing his hands.
You're cursing me. I need to take
this off. I'm hot. I need to take
it off. I'm hot.
Aren't they nice sheet? Bed, bath
and beyond. Stop..
MORE GIGGLING, hushed now, more breathless-
What if I kiss you right here...?
BRANDON takes off his shoes and starts to undress. We hear
SISSY and DAVID making love.
BRANDON doesn't want to hear. BRANDON stands back against a
wall, as if transfixed, as if he cannot take any more. His
breathing is irregular. Something of the past has come to the
present. All of his distractions have now stopped, and he is
at once confronted with himself.
His face bears the pain of something long passed, but
visually present. This wound has not healed.
Jolting himself out of his trance, BRANDON hurriedly heads
out into the corridor-
55 INT. CORRIDOR. APARTMENT. NIGHT. 55
BRANDON pulls running gear from the hallway closet an exits,
leaving the RISING BREATH of DAVID and SISSY LOST IN FURTIVE
SEXUAL INTERCOURSE DRIFTING ALONG THE CORRIDOR, JUST AUDIBLE,
QUIETLY PROVOKING AS IT UNDERSCORES.
56 EXT. STREET. OUTSIDE APARTMENT. NIGHT. 56
A dimly lit street-
BRANDON just visible in his apartment block steady on the
approach. He is dressed in running gear.
Pushing the glass doors open, BRANDON hesitates and presses a
button on the iPod Nano on his arm. He stretches, zips his
top, pulling his hood up.
BRANDON slips his earphones on, moving off.
57 EXT. STREET. OUTSIDE APARTMENT. NIGHT. 57
BRANDON running past illuminated windows and neon lights. The
city is alive. BRANDON stays focused, running, music pumping
in his head.
58 INT. CORRIDOR. APARTMENT. NIGHT. 58
BRANDON enters his apartment checking for noises.
The sound of movement in the bathroom.
He pushes open his bedroom door. It's like a murder scene.
Pale blue sheets in disarray, the mattress nearly coming off
the bed, sheets soaked with sweat and the smell of sex.
A lone condom disregarded on the floor.
We see his bedside drawer ajar.
He walks into his bedroom and pushes the drawer shut.
59 INT. BEDROOM. APARTMENT. NIGHT. 59
BRANDON lies on his bed, with clean white sheets, sidelight
SISSY enters. BRANDON opens his eyes, inwardly flinches.
SISSY gets into the bed, covering herself with the white
sheet. Snuggles up to BRANDON
I have to be up and out by seven.
SISSY inhales through her teeth.
Sissy, get out of my room?
SISSY doesn't move.
Sissy, get out of my room.
All this time, BRANDON has not looked at SISSY, staring up to
the blank ceiling. He SCREAMS at the top of his lungs-
GET THE FUCK OUT! GET OUT!
SISSY gets up, deliberate, as if rising from the dead, and
slowly walks around the bed.
SISSY SLAMS the bedroom door on her exit.
60 INT. OFFICE. DAY. 60
The office is in full flow-
BRANDON crosses it, clearly worse for wear.
A TECHNICIAN wheels a computer out of BRANDON's office.
Hey slacker, your computer's back.
BRANDON heads towards his desk, stopping on seeing-
Dave's looking for you.
STEVEN exits again.
BRANDON observes, his computer is back at his desk.
61 INT. OFFICE - DAVID'S OFFICE. DAY. 61
BRANDON puts his head around the-
(INTO PHONE) Yeah, yeah. It was
really great last night.
SKYPE SON (OVER)
(THRU COMPUTER) Daddy, daddy.
(INTO PHONE) Ah, listen, I gotta
go. OK, thanks for calling.
DAVID (O.S.) (CONT'D)
(INTO COMPUTER) Hey, buddy.
Er, listen, we said an hour French
and then Isobel's gonna pick you up
because Mommy's picking up Nathan.
Alright? You can go after.
Yeah, I know. But Mommy says I
OK, well. Let's go talk to Mommy
Aw.. She's all the way downstairs.
Well, go downstairs and tell her
that Daddy said it's okay for you
to go to Jason's
Hah? Come on. How about that? Do
it. YOu can do it. Get up.
DAVID's SON exits the computer screen. David looks up at
(LAUGHS) What's up, man?
Well, Steven said you wanted to see
Yeah. Er, Dude. Nine o'clock this
morning, where were you?
Dentist. Root canal.
Oh, shit. Now, what did I tell you
about that? Who d'you see?
Gary Sher... King's practice, West
Good. Good. You're stinging that
company health care plan, I hope,
That's what it's there for, man.
BRANDON turns to leave.
Listen, one more thing.
BRANDON turns back.
Your hard drive is filthy, all
right. We got your computer back. I
mean, it is, it is, dirty. I'm
talking like hoes, sluts, anal,
double anal, penetration, inter
racial facial, man. Cream pie. I
don't even know what that is.
Do you think it was your intern?
DAVID finally looks up, holds BRANDON's gaze, with discreet
On my hard drive?
DAVID nods, resumes working-
Yeah, someone's fucking with your
account, man.And we're blowing our
wad in cash, you know? It takes a
really really sick fuck to spend
all day on that shit.
BRANDON nods, makes to go.
Yeah. Hey buddy, Er, what she say?
She said I can go to Jason's for
half an hour but I have to be home
by five for dinner.
OK. That's great. See? Best of both
worlds. You got everything you
BRANDON takes this opportunity to leave.
Yeah. You better be. Get out of
OK. Alright. See you
DAVID looks up, watches BRANDON heading back to his desk,
A child's painting stuck to the wall behind DAVID.
62 INT. COFFEE AREA - OFFICE. DAY. 62
BRANDON, lost in familiar routine, pours sugar into his
BRANDON looks up, MARIANNE loiters-
You like your sugar.
MARIANNE is still standing, waiting. They look at each other.
Eventually she turns and walks out.
63 EXT. PIER. HUDSON RIVER. NIGHT. 63
BRANDON stands at the end of a long pier, looking out toward
the Hudson River, the LAP of murky water, audible. He hovers
for a moment, and considers, then slowly makes his way back
to the main road.
The glittering lights of Jersey stretching wide beyond.
64 EXT. NEAR STANDARD HOTEL. NIGHT. 64
Above, the tall, endless glass of The Standard Hotel, scored
with a honeycomb of windows, randomly illuminated like tiny
BRANDON comes to a corner, lights a cigarette and leans.
Above him, engraved in stone is "1949." He looks up toward
the tall building, which appears like a Stasi East Berlin
building. Stark and authoritative.
A KID slaps his palms against the glass of a fourth floor
window, a FILIPINO NANNY ushers him away.
A WOMAN, early 30s, phone to her ear, dressed in black jeans
and t-shirt, paces along the window. Catching sight of
BRANDON, she PULLS the curtain along the length of the glass.
A MAN stares blankly out, clearly fresh in on a flight and
jet lagged, enjoying the view two floors up.
A FEMALE CLEANER just visible lost in the monotony of
cleaning, makes large brush strokes with a large pink fluffy
And then BRANDON sees her-
A MIDDLE AGED WOMAN stands, naked her body pressed against
the floor to ceiling glass, high up, overlooking the Hudson
River. The steady back and forth of the MIDDLE AGED MAN
behind her gradually reveals both are lost in a stand up
BRANDON hesitates, quiet fascination flickering across his
face as for a brief flickering moment BRANDON's eyes lock
with the MIDDLE AGED WOMAN's dead gaze, standing high above-
A CAR HORN LOUD UNREMITTING-
BRANDON turns, his hypnotism broken. It's as if he comes back
65 EXT. STREET. NEAR RESTAURANT. NIGHT. 65
A distant restaurant illuminating a dimly lit street-
MARIANNE waiting inside the bar, seated, with a drink,
clearly there for some time. Her eyes checking the room, with
BRANDON stands watching from a distance-
BRANDON makes to cross, hovering on the edge of the gutter
66 INT. RESTAURANT. NIGHT. 66
BRANDON enters the restaurant.
Did you find it okay?
Yes, I'm glad you made it.
Oh, yeah. I'm late. Sorry.
BRANDON sits down at the table where MARIANNE is already
You look handsome.
You look amazing.
A WAITER enters.
WAITER places the wine list in front of BRANDON and hands out
I have few specials on the menu, if
you'd like to hear them?
MARIANNE smiles, eyes darting to BRANDON, playful. The WAITER
oblivious, clearly on a roll.
Erm.. The soup of the day is tomato
with basil oil and Parmesan
crostini. The special is marinated
swordfish, tabbouleh and Moroccan
Chermoula. It's really good. Er,
we're also serving a DeBragga and
Spitler New York Strip with a side
order of fries and the salad is
snow pea and radish with a cider
vinaigrette. Can I start you off
with a sparkling water?
BRANDON nods, (CLEARS THROAT)-
Tap water's fine.
OK and the wine menu's right next
to you. Yep. There you go-
BRANDON pulls out a wine menu hidden under his bread plate.
You want some wine?
The WAITER hovers, points to a red on the menu-
The Pinot Noir is er..light..
Erm.If you like it like.. Light.
The GLIDE of a napkin across BRANDON's lap, the WAITER a
constant presence, on the edge of irritating.
OK. I'll be back.
The WAITER smiles, at last moves off-
They sit looking at their menus.
BRANDON steals a moment, eyes tracing over-
MARIANNE's fingers playing with the edge of her menu-
The flutter of her lashes-
Nipples ghosting her dress.
An ring indent around her wedding finger, the shrink of skin.
So (CLEARS THROAT) Where do you
Born and raised. Where you from?
Where you from?
I was born in Ireland. We moved
here when I was a teen.
The WAITER enters again, with water.
Do you get back much? (TO WAITER)
WAITER pours water for MARIANNE
A couple of times.
A big family? You miss them?
Er.. I have a sister.
I have two.
Older and younger. I'm in the
BRANDON stares at MARIANNE
(LAUGHS) are you nervous?
Why would I be nervous?
MARIANNE smiles, holds his look.
You look a little nervous.
Do I? No.
Well, what's a date?
It's no big deal.
It took me an hour to figure out
what to wear.
You chose wisely.
MARIANNE shrugs, smiles-
The WAITER returns-
I forgot to say the crab comes in
The WAITER pauses, expectantly.
Oh. Yeah... I haven't even looked
Erm, I'll have the lamb.
The WAITER scrawls it down on a pad, barely looking up.
I'll have the Lamb too. That sounds
Erm, No appetizer?
(looking to MARIANNE)
MARIANNE shrugs, closes her menu.
OK, and how would you like the
We recommend it pretty pink.
The WAITER waits-
BRANDON looks at MARIANNE, they giggle.
Pink it is.
The WAITER takes the menus. MARIANNE stares at BRANDON.
Thank you. Excuse me.
The WAITER exits.
So, you seeing anyone at the
No. Really? Why? Why is that?
I don't know. Just er, it's just
the way it is.
It's just the way it is. Yeah, I
erm... actually, I'm separated.
The dip of skin, soft under her chin, a finger grazing over
Yeah. Kind of a recent thing.
OK. You were married for long?
The WAITER returns.
Did we decide on the wine?
BRANDON hesitates, on the edge but-
Erm, well, yeah erm.. The Pinot..
Was it the Pinot Noir, you said?
BRANDON scours the wine menu at a loss-
BRANDON looks to MARIANNE, she shrugs-
Yeah, great..Great choice. OK.
The WAITER nods, at last moves off-
I wasn't married long. Gave it a
shot. It didn't really work out.
Well, you just seem, like..
...averse to the whole idea.
Well, yeah. I mean, I just don't
understand why people would want to
get married. Especially nowadays, I
mean, it's.. You know.. I don't see
It doesn't seem realistic.
MARIANNE considers, lips grazing the rim of the glass.
Are you serious? I mean..
Yeah, I am, really.
(LAUGHS) Well, then, you know, why
are we here, if we don't matter to
Why are you here?
The food's supposed to be really
great here. (LAUGHS)
MARIANNE nods, doesn't look amused-
No, no, no, no. I'm not.. I'm not
saying it like that. I mean, I just
mean, you know.. One person for the
rest of your life? I mean, it's.. I
mean, you know, you come to
restaurants, you see couples
sitting together and they don't
even speak to one another. They
don't have anything to say, they
don't have anything.
They probably don't have to speak
because they're connected.
Or they're just bored with one
The WAITER approaches, a bottle of wine in hand.
Here we go.
The WAITER uncorks the wine.
What's your longest relationship?
He pours a little into BRANDON's glass.
BRANDON gestures for the WAITER to pour.
Oh, that's.. you can pour.
WAITER fills BRANDON's glass.
WAITER finishes pouring BRANDON's wine and starts filling
You have to commit. You have to
actually give it a shot.
I did.. (LAUGHS).. For four months.
I'll leave the bottle.
The WAITER slides the bottle down, moving off-
For four months.
67 EXT. STREET. OUTSIDE RESTAURANT. NIGHT. 67
A dirty grey street, brightened by the glow of BRANDON and
MARIANNE seated inside the restaurant.
68 EXT. STREET. NEAR RESTAURANT. NIGHT. 68
BRANDON and MARIANNE stand heady from the wine and a little
awkward in the freezing cold-
BRANDON sneaks a side glance, MARIANNE smiles. It's freezing.
They're breath and bodies steaming as they walk.
Look, touch that.
BRANDON bows, pointing to the back of his head.
MARIANNE turns to touch BRANDON's head. As she does so, he
GROWLS at her, like a little dog.
They BOTH laugh.
(LAUGHS) Oh, no, no, no...
(LAUGHS) You're such a.. Weirdo.
She pushes him playfully.
No, seriously, seriously. Touch it.
There's a massive knot on the back of his head.
Oh, my God.
Do you feel that?
Yeah, what is it?
It's a remnant.
Yeah, from the Neanderthals.
There's only a few of us left since
the homo sapiens took over.
OK. Hmm.. That would explain the
What's that supposed to mean?
`What's that supposed to mean?'
What do you mean?
(CHUCKLES) No, seriously, how did
you get it?
(COUGHS) I used to play this game
with my cousin.
Where I would sit on his feet and
he'd fly me through the air. I hit
my head on the ceiling and I
They both laugh. Marianne laughs hysterically. BRANDON laughs
I was knocked out for 5-10 minutes.
I peed my pants.
(Reacts Sympathetically) Oh.
If you had a choice to live in the
past or future and you could be
anything you wanted, what would you
What would you be?
I always wanted to be a musician in
That's cool A musician?
Sixties is tough though. I saw
GIMME SHELTER recently, you know
the Rolling Stones documentary?
It kind of seemed like hell.
(LAUGHS) Yeah, the sixties would be
the last place I'd want to be.
Yes. Eugh, chaos!
So where would you wanna, and what
would you wanna be?
Erm.. You know. Here, now.
Fuck you. (LAUGHS)
Still walking along, BRANDON thinks for a moment. BRANDON
turns and stares at MARIANNE, holding his gaze. MARIANNE
blushes. There's a silence as they walk on. They get to a
OK. Well, this is me.
BRANDON nods, hovers by the subway, awkward and yet-
This is you.
They stand heady from the wine and a little awkward.
Thank you very much Brandon.
Thank you very much MARIANNE. We
should do this again.
They loiter on the edge of something more.
BRANDON hovers, momentarily fragile, the sting of
uncertainty. MARIANNE descends into the depths of the subway,
with a half wave.
So, is that a yes?
69 INT. CORRIDOR. APARTMENT. NIGHT. 69
The CLICK of the door-
BRANDON enters. The sound of the record player, which had
finished hours ago, rotates empty on the turntable.
Pulling off his jacket-
BRANDON puts the needle back in it's dock. HE hangs up his
jacket, takes his bag, heads towards the living room. He
spies all SISSY's crap spilling out across the floor-
Heads to the kitchen and gets a can out of the fridge.
70 INT. CORRIDOR. APARTMENT. NIGHT. 70
The lock of the front door rotates. Someone is entering the
SISSY bursts through the door, in a hurry.
After a moment the bathroom door opens, cutting a slit of
light into the darkness.
From the blackness we see BRANDON framed, masturbating in
front of the bathroom sink.
SISSY, shocked, stands with her hand still on the door
handle, transfixed by a naked BRANDON.
As BRANDON instinctively turns, SISSY runs from view.
SISSY slams the door shut.
BRANDON looks at himself in the mirror, full of shame and
bewilderment and deep embarrassment.
Slowly but surely these expressions turn into rage. He hits
the wall in frustration.
71 INT. LIVING ROOM CORRIDOR. APARTMENT. NIGHT. 71
BRANDON opens the bathroom door, with towel tied around his
waist, looking for SISSY.
What? Are you fucking spying on me?
(LAUGHS) Lock the fucking door,
Are you fucking spying?
(Mimicking him) Uhh.. Are you
BRANDON leans over SISSY, pushes her down onto the sofa.
Fuck! (LAUGHS) Brandon..
What do you want? What do you want?
BRANDON climbs onto SISSY, straddling her.
Oh, you wanna fight? You wanna
fight? You wanna fight? You wanna
Yeah? You want some of this? You
want some of this?
BRANDON's towel falls down as he forcefully pins her down.
You wanna fight? You wanna fight?
What do you want from me? What do
you want from me?
BRANDON shakes SISSY by the shoulders. She reacts, upset now.
(SHOUTS) What do you want?
(SHOUTS) Get off me!
(SHOUTS) Why did you come here?
Get off me! Get off me!
Get of me!
Ow! You're fucking hurting me.
Talk to me! You fucking bitch!
Fucking get the fuck off, you
BRANDON stands and exits. SISSY shouting after him.
72 INT. BATHROOM. APARTMENT. NIGHT. 72
BRANDON locks the bathroom door.
He exhales, letting the moment slowly pass until-
BRANDON lowers himself onto the floow, desperately struggling
with his emotions-
He closes his eyes, eyelashes fragile and flickering until-
BRANDON opens them, reaches a hand out, almost mechanically,
turns up the shower, the room now swirling in steam, trying
to drown SISSY's voice out.
SISSY (O.S.) (CONT'D)
Brandon, I'm sorry.
BRANDON closes his eyes, tears pricking-
73 INT. LIVING ROOM. APARTMENT. NIGHT. 73
SISSY walking back from kitchen, resigned-
BRANDON's laptop on and open on his desk.
SISSY approaches it, sinking down in front of the illuminated
She absently taps the mouse, dragging open a series of held
windows, the shifting lights of the screen cast across her
Slowly SISSY's face changes, a blurred smorgasbord of porn
sites, graphic and obscene, their colors reflecting across
her face and body. An escalating collage of graphic images,
obscene sexual messages and a provocative sexual conversation
hanging mid sentence addressed to a live sex chatroom. The
images haunting, brutal, from the weird to the
sadomasochistic. The open windows, an endless stacking of
obscene chatroom conversation, emails posted with graphic
sexual photos and live webcam images of every combination of
fucking disappearing into the screen in infinite form.
SISSY is taken aback and strangely intrigued-
Suddenly a voice from the screen, images briefly glimpsed, a
woman legs splayed-
Hey, where's Brandon? Are you
Brandon's girlfriend? Do you want
SISSY looks closer, mildly appalled.
FROM SCREEN (CONT'D)
Do you wanna play with my tits? I
know Brandon would really like it..
And I know exactly what Brandon
BRANDON picks up the laptop and heads towards his bedroom.
SISSY takes her coat and leaves the apartment.
74 INT. BEDROOM. APARTMENT. NIGHT. 74
The thump of music-
BRANDON sitting on the edge of his bed, the pumping music
from a stereo in the apartment seemingly getting louder,
hands grasping his hair. Then suddenly he enters the whole
contents of his bedside drawer into a black garbage bag.
Then, BRANDON moving like a dervish through the apartment, a
black garbage bag in his hand, dumping pieces of paper, post
it notes and business cards with hastily written cellphone
numbers on the back.
BRANDON moves on, picking up anything he can find. An old
jacket, elbows worn. A handful of old t-shirts.
He moves off down the corridor with growing frenzy, grabbing
more crap along the way, one of SISSY's dirty thongs on the
floor. He picks it up, moving on.
75 INT. KITCHEN. APARTMENT. NIGHT. 75
An open fridge-
BRANDON tipping bowls of old food and long past it sell by
date mush into the bag.
Cans of Red Bull, crappy cereals, jam with mould on top, an
old joint, magazines all get dumped on route.
BRANDON heads out, picking up more detritus along the way,
old pens, an old cellphone, a pair of defunked headphones-
A pile of porn mags, in a cupboard, pulled out as he heads
down along the corridor.
76 INT. LIVING ROOM. APARTMENT. NIGHT. 76
BRANDON strips the room, pulling out an old pair of sneakers
smelling and cracked from under a chair. He peers up, looks
around the room almost bare-
His laptop resting on his desk. BRANDON stops, considers,
initially resistant and then something finally compels him to
He picks up the laptop, yanking the plug hard from the wall.
Dumping it inside the garbage bag, he moves on picking up an
ipod, a gameboy, ipod nano, wires and cables and stuff.
Slapping a tangle of wires into the garbage, he drags the
heaving bag of crap out into the corridor.
The SLAM of the front door-
77 EXT. STREET. OUTSIDE APARTMENT. NIGHT. 77
BRANDON heading down the steps of his apartment, heaving the
swelled and dripping bag into a heaving garbage can parked on
the sidewalk. A pile of black garbage bags already piled up
along the street in waiting for collection.
Further down the street a YOUNG COUPLE holds hands, walks by
the arrangement of trash bags littering the sidewalk.
A SIREN goes past-
The DISTANT banter of a GANG OF KIDS.
BRANDON heads back up to his apartment, shutting the door
78 INT. BRANDON'S OFFICE. DAY. 78
BRANDON, now the voyeur, looks across the room, into
MARIANNE's office. He studies her, almost like prey. The
moment seems to last a lifetime. There is much want in
BRANDON's face, but from this distance seems unobtainable.
Suddenly, and without any warning, BRANDON walks into his
dream, entering MARIANNE's office, and pulls her behind a
partition, kissing her unapologetically and passionately.
She responds, startled, but happy to be taken. She
They pull away, looking at one another. She smiles,
laughing, his spirit infectious, drawing her on.
BRANDON leads MARIANNE away.
79 EXT. STANDARD HOTEL. DAY. 79
BRANDON and MARIANNE stepping out of a cab, BRANDON leading
MARIANNE, both giggling and tripping.
Where are you taking me? (LAUGHS)
Come on. You'll see
MARIANNE stops. She smiles, quizzically, allowing herself to
be guided and yet-
No, where are we going? (LAUGHS)
80 INT. BATHROOM. STANDARD HOTEL. DAY. 80
BRANDON snorts two lines of coke in quick succession on top
of the white water tank in the toilet.
Exiting, we see MARIANNE looking out onto the Hudson from the
large hotel window.
81 INT. BEDROOM. STANDARD HOTEL. DAY. 81
BRANDON enters the bedroom, stopping to prepare a drink.
Watching MARIANNE at the window.
You wanna drink?
He pours a drink from the mini bar.
What are you looking at?
The view is amazing.
BRANDON approaches nervously, standing next to her.
MARIANNE leans up and kisses BRANDON.
MARIANNE takes BRANDON's hand and leads him to the bed. We
see both of them slowly discovering each other through tender
MARIANNE caresses BRANDON's face and kisses both his eyes.
BRANDON attempts to do the same to MARIANNE, slowly but
surely. This ritual becomes more aroused, clothes start to
fall away, revealing for the first time both each other's
BRANDON rolls up her skirt, laughs at her panites. MARIANNE
(LAUGHS) Are they vintage?
A little bit. (LAUGHS)
The ritual begins to get more passionate, as they feel for
each other's breasts and thighs.
At the height of this passionate encounter, BRANDON's
attention strangely, slowly starts to fade. It's as if the
intimacy that he has discovered starts to frighten him.
He recoils, unable to continue.
Both lie on their backs silently, in frustration, breathing
heavily. MARIANNE's face is one of puzzlement and hurt. She
looks at BRANDON for some kind of answer. He gets up.
MARIANNE, unsure what to do, sits up and pulls down her
skirt, adjusts her hair.
82 INT. BEDROOM. STANDARD HOTEL. DAY. 82
Late afternoon sunlight seeping across the room-
BRANDON sits at the edge of the bath looking out onto the
MARIANNE looks at him, the moment fragile. She does up her
You know, it's cool. It's OK.
Should I go?
Hurt, MARIANNE put on her top, picks up her bag and makes to
I can walk you down.
BRANDON looks back out over the grey of the Hudson River.
BRANDON's face is one of embarrassment and failure.
The CLICK of the door, MARIANNE gone.
The HUM of the traffic, audible through an ajar window.
BRANDON reaches his hand out, catching the breeze, peering
down, a man on the edge.
83 INT. BEDROOM. STANDARD HOTEL. DAY. 83
BRANDON banging the life out of HOTEL LOVER, doggy style,
tits pressed up against the glass of the window-
The DISTANT SCREECH of horns.
84 EXT. STREET. BELOW STANDARD HOTEL. DAY. 84
The trawl of cars-
The grey of the Hudson River-
BRANDON and the HOTEL LOVER just visible high above, caught
full frontal in the window-
85 INT. BEDROOM. STANDARD HOTEL. DAY. 85
BRANDON close to climax-
A cold sweat beading BRANDON's forehead as he comes, face
twisted before the slow seep of release.
BRANDON withdraws, laughs. The HOTEL LOVER laughs as well.
BRANDON turns, for a moment she is almost beautiful.
HOTEL LOVER smiles, already pulling on her underwear. BRANDON
watches her, pulling on a tiny thong. She looks up, stares at
BRANDON looks away, fighting back the cold flutter of shame.
Can I get you a drink?
HOTEL LOVER hesitates, smile, shakes her head.
BRANDON nods. HOTEL LOVER fingers fastening a cheap nylon
HOTEL LOVER (CONT'D)
Need a hand?
The hooks odd-
HOTEL LOVER (CONT'D)
(SIGHS) There you go.
86 INT. BEDROOM. STANDARD HOTEL. DAY. 86
BRANDON sits on the bed, now alone, caught in the half light
The rise and fall of a distant lift.
87 INT. LIVING ROOM. APARTMENT. NIGHT. 87
BRANDON is sitting on the couch, watching a cartoon. SISSY
enters the apartment, on her cell phone. BRANDON ignores her
(into phone) David?.. Pick up. I
take it you're at your pottery
SISSY hangs up.
SISSY (O.S.) (CONT'D)
Have you eaten?
Are you hungry?
SISSY Sits down next to BRANDON on the couch.
Can you just give me a hug?
BRANDON puts him arm around her. She snuggles up to him.
He's not gonna screw you again.
You left a message didn't you? You
can't help yourself. It's
Why are you so fucking angry?
Why am I so fucking angry? That's
my boss! You sleep with him after
twenty minutes and now you're
calling him up? What's the matter
with you? You know he's got a
family, right? You know he's got a
You didn't see the wedding ring on
You're a liar.
You're always sorry.
That's all you ever fucking say!
Well, least I say I'm sorry.
Try doing something, actions count!
I'm sorry. I'm sorry. I fucked up.
I'm not perfect. But I'm...trying.
Some people fuck up all the time.
BRANDON removes his arm from around SISSY.
Look, just forget it. This isn't
working out. Obviously. You need to
find somewhere else to live.
I don't have anywhere else to go.
This isn't about him. I make you
angry all the time and I don't know
No. You trap me. You force me into
a corner and you trap me. "I've got
nowhere else to go." I mean, what
sort of fucking shit is that?
You're my brother.
So what, I'm responsible for you?
No I'm not!
Yes you fucking are!
I didn't give birth to you! I
didn't bring you into this world.
You're my brother, I'm your
sisterm. We're family. We're meant
to look after each other.
You're not looking after me.
I'm looking after myself.
I'm trying to help you!
How are you helping me? Huh? How
are you helping me?
BRANDON grips SISSY's face in his hand.
How are you helping me? Huh? Look
at me. How are you helping me? You
come in here, and you're a weight
on me. Do you understand me? You're
a burden. You're just fucking
dragging me down. You can't even
clean up after yourself. Stop
playing the victim.
I'm not playing the fucking victim.
If I left now, I'd never hear from
SISSY pulls BRANDON's hand away.
Don't you think that's sad? Don't
you think that's sad? You're my
Why is it always so dramatic with
you? Everything is always the end
of the world.
It's not fucking dramatic. I'm
trying to talk to you!
I don't want to talk. Try not
talking. Try just listening or
thinking for a change.
Yeah, `cos that's working great for
you. You're completely fine.
Well, I've got my own fucking
Oh, whopee-fucking-shit. You have
your own apartment, that's amazing.
Your job and an apartment, I should
be in awe of you.
Well, at least I'm responsible for
it. At least I don't depend on
people all the time. You know,
you're a dependency, you're a
You don't have anybody. You don't
have anybody. You have me and your
fucking pervert boss.
You slept with that fucking pervert
boss. So what does that make you?
DOn't talk to me about sex-life
Brandon. Not from you.
BRANDON makes his way to the closet, taking his coat.
I'm going out.
Great. And then you'll just come
back and we'll just have this same
fucking conversation again.
No, you'll move out.
And then I'll never hear from you
BRANDON exits the apartment.
88 INT.SUBWAY TRAIN. NIGHT 88
BRANDON's reflection in the window as the train travels.
We see that BRANDON has a nasty cut on his cheek.
89 INT. BAR. NIGHT. 89
Earlier that night-
BRANDON sits, drinks alone at the bar-
An OLDER GUY paws a GAUNT YOUNG WOMAN plying her with drinks,
knocking them back much to his delight.
BRANDON watches, catching the eye of a girl (CARLY) walking
towards the bar, her friends playing pool-
CARLY smiles, as she leans against the bar, her breasts
spilling out of her T-shirt.
You want to get out of here?
I could take you somewhere.
CARLY looks over at her MUSCULAR BOYFRIEND just visible
across the bar talking to a couple of GUYS.
What? Are you with someone? Does he
go down on you? I do..That's what I
like to do..
CARLY looks at him, sobering and yet-
BRANDON's hand discreetly reaches down, up and under the
girl's skirt, shocking her a little and yet-
I like the way it feels. I like the
way it's just me and it... I wanna
taste you. I like to slip my tongue
CARLY leans in closer, her lips blotting the edge of a glass
overfilled with beer.
...just as you come.
CARLY hesitates, the moment hangs dangerous between them.
BRANDON sucks his fingers.
Want me to make you come?
I can do that. Want me to do that?
BRANDON strokes her chin-
From behind, CARLY's MUSCULAR BOYFRIEND approaches, quizzical-
MUSCULAR BOYFRIEND (CONT'D)
What's up babe?
CARLY nods, deflects-
I was just getting some drinks.
I was just telling your pretty
girlfriend here, that I'd like to
fuck her in that tight pussy of
I mean bone her real hard til she's
clawing up my back.
CARLY gently bars her MUSCULAR BOYFRIEND, trying to diffuse
lead him away.
After I fuck her hard up the ass, I
put my balls in her mouth while I
come on her face.
(To CARLY) You won't let me fuck
you in the ass.
You get to fuck her in the ass?
Tell me more man, because you.. I'm
fucking loving this.
BRANDON turns, smiles provocatively, knows what's coming
The MUSCULAR BOYFRIEND reacts as BRANDON shoves his fingers
under his nose.
The MUSCULAR BOYFRIEND shoves BRANDON.
Jesus, come on.
You mother fucker.
BRANDON laughs, sips his drink-
90 EXT. STREET. OUTSIDE BAR. NIGHT. 90
BRANDON is rounding a corner, doing up his jacket. The
MUSCULAR BOYFRIEND runs out after him.
He spins BRANDON around and punches him.
The slip and slide of BRANDON's shoes, his face smashed
against the sidewalk. The MUSCULAR BOYFRIEND comes in hard
again, kicking him, sharp in the ribs. BRANDON recoils yet
almost seems to want more as he struggles to stand. He spits
91 EXT. STREET. NEAR BAR. NIGHT. 91
BRANDON walking, aimless and bleeding-
The DRONE of taxi's streaking past-
TWO WOMEN seated outside a bar, drinking and smoking, lost in
their laughing conversation oblivious-
BRANDON walks on-
A YOUNG MAN with a satchel roughly brushes past him-
The YOUNG MAN wavers on seeing BRANDON is crying, moving on-
BRANDON's face head down wanting to get away.
A rush of TEENAGERS and MIDDLE AGED COUPLES spilling out of a
BRANDON walking, disorientated, jaywalking through the
The SCREECH of horns-
BRANDON ignores them, he crosses streets, traffic, darting
off the sidewalk into the road, when human, dog or stroller
gets in his way until-
92 EXT. STREET. NIGHT. 92
BRANDON walking past a blur of yellow Neon and glow of shop
Across the street, a snaking queue of MEN wait in line
outside a club.
He keeps walking, eyes scouring-
TEENAGERS loiter, in oversized clothes, sunk under caps and
93 EXT. STREET NEAR CLUB. NIGHT. 93
A lively bar; a couple of HOT GIRLS entering-
BRANDON considers, goes to enter, barred by BOUNCERS, who
point him back along the cue-
He stands in line-
Across the street, a THICK SET GUY eyes him. He stands
smoking outside a heaving bar. BRANDON looks away-
A GANG OF GIRLS pass, The BOUNCERS let them in with ease.
BRANDON reaches for his iPhone, tries to cover his face with
his phone to get into the club-
Woah! Not tonight, buddy.
BRANDON ties to get in again. The BOUNCER stops him a second
I said not tonight.
The THICK SET GUY over the street, flicks out his cigarette,
eyes grazing over BRANDON as he re-enters the heaving bar
BRANDON considers, hands sunk deep in his pockets.
Through the glass a heaving bar. BRANDON considers, on the
He suddenly crosses the street, narrowly avoiding a taxi
94 INT. CLUB. NIGHT. 94
Fluorescent light skimming the thick black darkness like a
beam on a lighthouse-
A heaving dance floor of BUTCH BEARS, SKINNY BOYS, and TWIGS,
arms raised, dancing to the pulse of music.
The THICK SET GUY, walks away, waiting for BRANDON to follow.
95 INT. CLUB. LABYRINTH. NIGHT. 95
Passing through a low hung door, BRANDON moves along a dark
labyrinth of corridors, eyes grazing over-
Dimly lit crevices, MEN caught briefly in light, lost in
fellatio and stand up fucking-
BRANDON keeps walking, drawn towards a dark doorway-
96 INT. BACKROOM. CLUB. NIGHT. 96
An endless darkness, punctured with groans from dark cubicles-
BRANDON hesitates, foot slipping on the moist floor.
Suddenly a hand reaches out, drawing him into the dark
The THICK SET GUY presses BRANDON up against the wall,
kissing him, tongue searching his mouth, rubbing along its
roof, hungry and urgent.
BRANDON pulls away, hands gently yet forcefully pushing the
THICK SET GUY down on his knees.
BRANDON looks beyond-
A THIN BOY down on his knees sucking a cock through a hole
BRANDON stands, legs splayed letting the THICK SET GUY take
him in his mouth. He is beautiful.
The palm of BRANDON's hand pressed against the side of the
cubicle. He stands, fucking the THICK SET GUY in the mouth-
The PULSE of music heaving, the club rocking, punctured by
groans and grunts of rough sex from deep within.
BRANDON throws his head back, gripping the cubicle wall.
97 EXT. STREET OUTSIDE CLUB. NIGHT. 97
The early hours-
BRANDON, heading away. He clocks his phone, several messages
from SISSY logged.
BRANDON listens to his voicemail-
SISSY ON ANSWER MACHINE
Brandon, it's Sissy.. I really need
to talk to you. Please.
BRANDON pockets his phone.
98 EXT. AN APARTMENT. NIGHT. 98
SISSY ON ANSWER MACHINE
Please will you pick up the fucking
BRANDON stops and knocks on an apartment door. A woman opens
and BRANDON steps in.
99 INT. BEDROOM. LATER. 99
A threesome. BRANDON has sex with a BLONDE and BRUNETTE.
Throughout the images of the threesome, we hear more of
SISSY ON ANSWER MACHING
We're not bad people... We just
come from a bad place.... Thanks
for letting me stay.
BRANDON, at climax, his animalistic grimace turns to pain and
100 INT. SUBWAY. DAWN. 100
The grey snake of a subway coming up from under ground-
BRANDON stands on a platform. It's not the rush hour yet.
The RATTLE of the subway pulling in-
BRANDON boards the train.
101 INT. TRAIN. SUBWAY. DAWN. 101
A virtually empty car-
A COLUMBIAN WOMAN across the car, head lent against the
window, half asleep, clearly at the end of a long shift.
Above a poster of a sunny shiny family advertising LIFE
BRANDON's eyes graze over the poster-
He stands his reflection mirrored back at him, preparing for
The train SCREECHES to a sudden halt-
Wheels SCREECHING along the track-
The COLUMBIAN WOMAN wakes-
A YOUNG STUDENT plugged headphone on, looks up from reading
BRANDON inwardly curses.
The train sits in the station. Doors not opening.
The silence at last punctured by the SHRILL hum of the
Ladies and Gentlemen, at this time,
due to a police investigation, we
have to discharge this train.
Please follow the conductor to the
rear of the train.
The long low PING of the intercom fading out-
They wait. And wait in silence.
BRANDON leans his head against the glass, closes his eyes, a
hangover kicking in.
The other few commuters in the carriage sit awkwardly,
wondering why the doors aren't opening in the station.
Details of the carriage appear.
Half-drunken cup of coffee.
An old New York POST.
Graffiti on all the car windows.
Suddenly passengers from other carriages are making their way
through the carriage that BRANDON's in, with the CONDUCTOR
ushering the passengers to make their way down to the end.
Watch your step between cars.
Passengers asking, "What's going on?"
BRANDON finally makes his way down with the other passengers
to the last carriage. As he steps out, he looks down to his
far left and sees a POLICE CAUTION LINE being unraveled, and
ENGINEERS and FIREMEN making their way to the far front of
102 INT. SUBWAY. DAWN. 102
A LARGE BLACK WOMAN, face bowed, sits talking to a POLICE
OFFICER giving a statement-
Watch your step.
Several ENGINEERS stand further down the platform surrounding
a TRAUMATISED DRIVER-
Follow, me please. Follow me.
Two PLATFORM ATTENDANTS talk to POLICE OFFICERS.
Watch your step. This way. This
This way. Nothing to see. Move on.
CONDUCTOR (O.S.) (OVER)
Right this way, please.
Move on. This way.
BRANDON makes his way past the wrought-iron gate with other
passengers, going up the stairwell.
103 EXT. STREET. OUTSIDE SUBWAY. DAWN. 103
BRANDON climbs the stairs, filing out of the subway, eyes
A WOMAN's shoes, like Sissy's earlier at the Boom Boom Room,
discarded. BRANDON picks up his pace.
The intermittent WHIR of sirens-
BRANDON emerging from the subway, already reaching for his
Beyond the glow of an ambulance-
BRANDON keeps walking, heading off up the road quietly
distracted. He taps the keys pressing the cellphone to his
The PULSE of a distant phone ringing-
The answer machine kicks in-
This is Sissy..leave a message..
Don't if you're an asshole.
BRANDON flicks it off, slips it back in his pocket. BRANDON
picks up his pace.
He flicks out his phone again. Tries again-
ANSWER MACHINE (CONT'D)
This is Sissy..leave a me-
BRANDON is running now, heart beating fast now, breath
quickening, a seeping panic threatening to unleash-
SUDDENLY he makes a dash for it, weaving through the sidewalk
104 INT. BRANDON'S BUILDING - LOBBY. DAWN. 104
His finger repeatedly presses the elevator button as if by
doing so will make it arrive quicker.
105 INT. BRANDON'S BUILDING - ELEVATOR. DAWN. 105
BRANDON enters into the elevator. The door shuts immediately
106 INT. BRANDON'S BUILDING - CORRIDOR. OUTSIDE APARTMENT. DAWN.
Exiting, BRANDON heads along the faceless corridor, reaching
his front door.
He is already pulling out his keys and pushing them into the
door with growing dread-
107 INT. CORRIDOR. APARTMENT. DAWN. 107
The sound of running water from the bathroom. BRANDON stops
with relief, leaning his forehead against the bathroom door,
letting himself exhale-
BRANDON hesitates, a seeping concern pricking his skin-
108 INT. BATHROOM. APARTMENT. DAWN. 108
BRANDON walks into the bathroom, freezing on seeing-
SISSY sunk on the floor wedged between the bathroom and the
The pump of blood seeping from her wrists, already pooled
across the floor-
BRANDON reaches for SISSY gripping her wrists, deep slashes
scissoring the veins, the flap of skin, flaying-
BRANDON pushes the fat of his thumb on each slash, blood
seeping between his fingers-
BRANDON looks at her wrist, every time he moves his fingers,
he releases the pressure the blood flows.
BRANDON grips them tighter, a quiet determination to stop the
The skid of blood underfoot, BRANDON cradles her in his arms,
grappling with his phone, desperately calling 911.
BRANDON desperately holds her, cradled between his legs, his
fingers pressing her wrists, temporarily stemming the flow of
blood, the phone wedged between shoulder and chin.
The slip of SISSY's wrist through BRANDON's fingers. He slams
down the phone, struggling to hold her in his grasp. She
109 INT. HOSPITAL. DAY. 109
BRANDON head bowed. Sitting by Sissy's bedside-
SISSY lies, sleeping, skin white, strapped to a drip. The
gentle rise and fall of her breath.
BRANDON's gaze falling on SISSY lying in the hospital bed,
her wrists bandaged.
BRANDON, eyes falling on the scars covering her arms. He
reaches out a hand, on the edge of touching them, letting his
fingers hover over them until finally-
A FINGER lightly outlines a snaking scar seeping up her arm.
She stirs a little but-
SISSY's eyes just opening, focusing on him until-
Relief overwhelming BRANDON, he laughs, exhales on the edge.
BRANDON turns to stroke SISSY's hair, rests his head next to
hers. She sleeps again.
110 EXT. WATERFRONT. HUDSON RIVER. DUSK. 110
BRANDON now walking along the side of the river, railings
seemingly speeding up his journey.
Beyond, the shadowy black figures of a broken jetty stretch
out toward the open river.
111 EXT. DOCK. HUDSON RIVER. DUSK. 111
The endless grey of the Hudson River, close now-
BRANDON walking along a concrete jetty-
A rusting building, oxidized and stained salt green, edging
along the jetty until-
BRANDON reaches the edge of the jetty, looking out-
The LAP of grey water beneath.
BRANDON stands, a hangover kicking in-
And at once BRANDON is crying, the tears flowing slow at
first until they rush, like floodgates opening. He reaches
for breath, trying to stifle the howls emanating from his
body, inconsolable now, flooded with emotion-
BRANDON sinks squat to the ground, buckled in two, body
The LAP of the water steady now-
BRANDON sobs and sobs and sobs, a mess of snot and tears as
he looks out over the wide sweep of the Hudson River.
Far off the drone of the freeway, the early evening trawl of
traffic kicking in-
The froth of the tide back and forth, rising and breaking,
back and forth.
112 INT. PLATFORM. SUBWAY. MORNING. 112
BRANDON stands in his familiar spot on the platform, waiting
for the train that will take him to work. Wearing a vacant
face, the train pulls into the station. BRANDON boards.
He takes a seat automatically, as if pre-programmed. The
train leaves the platform.
113 INT. TRAIN. SUBWAY. MORNING. 113
Looking into no man's land, BRANDON feels the heat of
someone's gaze. As he instinctively looks up to respond, a
mixture of surprise, fear, excitement and doubt across his
The PRETTY SUBWAY GIRL who we met at the beginning of our
story is staring down at BRANDON, this time in a more
engaging fashion. She looks because she wants to be looked
Again, a dance begins. This time, she leads. Engaged, active,
BRANDON's face is fractured into many conflicting emotions.
It's as if a magnet is drawing him in, but at the same time
he's trying to resist.
At this moment, the PRETTY SUBWAY GIRL stands up, eyeing
BRANDON as she makes her way to the door, blocking BRANDON as
the train pulls in to her stop.
114 INT. PLATFORM. SUBWAY. MORNING. 114
The train pulls away from the station and disappears into the
tunnel. We do not know if BRANDON is still aboard or has
succumbed to his urges.
115 THE END 115