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                          THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING
                         
                        

                                  Written by

                              Anthony McCarten


                         
                         
                                                  SHOOTING SCRIPT
                                                    NOVEMBER 2013


                         
                         "I now predict that I was wrong."
                                                 STEPHEN HAWKING
                         
                         
                         
                     
                         
                         
                         
          RUN OPENING TITLES OVER:
                         
                         
          INT. EMPIRE ROOM, BUCKINGHAM PALACE - DAY (LATE 1980'S)
                         
          TWO BESPECTACLED EYES. Blinking. Alert. Male. Middle-aged.
          Reflected in his shiny GLASSES - a WOMAN, middle-aged, (JANE
          HAWKING) removing the glasses from his nose.
                         
                                                                   CUT TO:
                         
          The MAN's POV, as -
                         
          - his vision goes from FOCUSED to BLURRY as the GLASSES are
          removed.
                         
          - his BLURRY POV of the WOMAN's hands POLISHING his glasses
          with a cloth.
                         
          - his BLURRY POV then shifts (as she steps aside) onto a
          SMALL PERSON in the distance jumping up and down.
                         
          - his BLURRY POV of the GLASSES then being replaced on his
          nose, and -
                         
          - with this, his VISION comes abruptly into FOCUS, and the
          SMALL PERSON is revealed to be -- a BOY (10) playing
          HOPSCOTCH in the RED-CARPETED CORRIDOR.
                         
          - Beyond the BOY, TWO RED-COATED EQUERRIES begin
          (unceremoniously) to prepare the HALLWAY for a ceremony. They
          lay out potted-plants and drape velvet ropes. One blows his
          nose.
                         
          TIGHT ON: The eyes behind the glasses watching, his eyes
          finally looking downward...as we hear a metallic CLICKING
          sound - "CLICK, CLICK, CLICK..."
                         
          - ANGLE ON: HIS HAND, which is clicking a CLICKER-PLATE...
                         
          - then on a COMPUTER MONITOR (mounted to the CHAIR), words
          form out of a streaming alphabet with each 'CLICK'. The man
          is at work, selecting LETTERS, then WHOLE WORDS from a MENU
          ...making sentences by these means.
                         
          - OTHER PARTIAL VIEWS (ECUs) of this MAN in his WHEELCHAIR.
                         
          We see...a TUFT of BROWN HAIR...his HAND on chair arm-rest
          ...his FEET on a wheelchair's foot-rests...JANE's HANDS
          arrange the BROWN HAIR...adjust his THIN ARMS...but never do
          we see the full man, as -
                         
          - the TWO EQUERRIES open TWO LARGE ORNATE DOORS and motion
          the PARTY forward.
                         
                         
                         
                         
                                                                              (CONTINUED)
                                                 THE THEORY of EVERYTHING      2
                         
                         CONTINUED:
                         
          TIGHT ON: the MAN's HAND, pushing a TOGGLE-STICK CONTROLLER,
          putting the CHAIR in motion, to the sound of a small electric
          motor.
                         
          END OPENING TITLES -
                         
          TIGHT ON: The WHEELS of the WHEELCHAIR, turning...
                         
                                                     MATCH CUT TO:
                         
                         
          EXT. CAMBRIDGE STREETS - DAY (EARLY-MID 1960's)
                         
          ...the FRONT WHEEL of STEPHEN's BICYCLE, SPINNING VERY VERY
          FAST...
                         
          STEPHEN HAWKING (in his early 20s) and his friend, BRIAN
          (same age), race each other recklessly through the NARROW,
          WINDING LANES. It looks VERY DANGEROUS. They are neck and
          neck. And they are loving it.
                         
          STEPHEN HAWKING, his face almost entirely covered with
          spectacles and floppy hair, slight of frame, a velvet jacket
          and velvet bow tie, eccentric-looking. STEPHEN is a fun-
          loving, playful, active, young student.
                         
          BRIAN, STEPHEN's best friend. More interested in life than
          studies, as we shall see.
                         
                         
          EXT. STUDENT PARTY,CAMBRIDGE - DUSK
                         
          STEPHEN and BRIAN arrive at the party, dismount at speed and,
          running to a walk, crash their BIKES into a HEDGE. BRIAN wins
          the race, raises arms aloft as - they enter the PARTY. We
          follow them in...(CONTINUOUS SHOT)
                         
                         
          INT. STUDENT PARTY,CAMBRIDGE - NIGHT - CONTINUOUS
                         
          ...STEPHEN and BRIAN enter, and the CAMERA finally follows
          them into the main room of the PARTY.
                         
          STEPHEN and BRIAN come to a halt in the doorway as they
                         OBSERVE -
                         
          - a CROWDED ROOM engaged in lively bubbly conversation. In
          the background suitably elegant music plays.
                         
                                                BRIAN
                       First to find a drink.
                         
          STEPHEN and BRIAN make their way through the GUESTS, looking
          for the BAR. BRIAN eyes the PRETTY GIRLS he passes...
                         
                         
                         
                         
                                                                               (CONTINUED)
                                                    THE THEORY of EVERYTHING      3
                         
                         CONTINUED:
                         
                                                BRIAN (CONT'D)
                       I'm sure the secret of the universe
                       has something to do with sex. There
                       you go--why don't you do your
                       doctorate on that? The physics of
                       love.
                         
                                                STEPHEN
                       More your field, I think.
                         
                                                BRIAN
                       You'd better decide on your
                       subject. I'm serious--they'll boot
                       you out.
                         
          They reach the PUNCH-BOWL. BRIAN tastes the PUNCH with his
          finger, and UNIMPRESSED, fills TWO GLASSES.
                         
                                                                       CUT TO:
                         
          A YOUNG WOMAN, JANE WILDE, (18) arrives at the door with her
          friend DIANA. DIANA is unimpressed by the party.
                         
          JANE, shy, has her hair up in a fashionable bouffant roll.
          DIANA is more vivacious, and touches up her lipstick.
                         
                                                DIANA
                       Scientists! Don't worry. We don't
                       have to stay long. Looks
                       mortifyingly dull.
                           (seeing a boy)
                       Oh, hang on--
                           (waves to the boy)
                       Be right back, okay? Okay?
                         
          JANE nods, as DIANA goes over to GREET the boy and then walk
          off together with him into the crowd.
                         
          ANGLE ON: JANE, marooned.
                         
                                                                       CUT TO:
                         
          At the PUNCH-BOWL, drinking punch.
                         
                                                STEPHEN
                       I applied for a job.
                         
                                                 BRIAN
                       Did you?
                         
                                                STEPHEN
                       Civil Service.
                         
                                                BRIAN
                       Well, it's a back-up plan--in your
                       case not a bad idea. Did they
                       accept you?
                         
                         
                                                                                  (CONTINUED)
                                                THE THEORY of EVERYTHING      4
                         
                         CONTINUED: (2)
                         
          ANGLE ON: STEPHEN's POV of JANE, standing across the room,
          now holding a WINE-GLASS.
                         
                                             STEPHEN
                    Unfortunately, that I'll never
                    know. Morning of their exam,
                    I...(smiles)
                         
                                             BRIAN
                     - slept in. Well, thank Christ,
                    the world has lost a promising pay-
                    clerk.
                         
          BRIAN holds out a FULL PUNCH GLASS for STEPHEN but STEPHEN
          still has his eye on JANE. BRIAN follows STEPHEN's GAZE as -
                         
          - STEPHEN and JANE's eyes meet. They hold this look, until
          she shyly looks away.
                         
          BRIAN has observed this exchange.
                         
                                             BRIAN (CONT'D)
                                       (LATIN)
                    Quo est femella?
                         
                                             STEPHEN
                    I was going to ask you.
                         
                                             BRIAN
                    Actually--I think she's--yes--
                    Basil's sister. Wilde--Jane Wilde.
                                       (RUSSIAN ACCENT)
                    "So. You like for me I introduce?"
                         
          STEPHEN contemplates this, as we -
                         
                                                                    CUT TO:
                         
          DIANA changes the RECORD - to BOP JAZZ. GUESTS immediately
          take the DANCE-FLOOR and start DANCING.
                         
          DIANA returns to JANE.
                         
                                             DIANA
                    That's better.
                         
                                             JANE
                    Who is that guy?
                         
                                             DIANA
                        (looking at Stephen)
                    Oh. He's strange, clever, goes on
                    Ban The Bomb marches.
                        (spying another boy)
                    Oh, there's David. Come on.
                         
                         
                         
                         
                                                                              (CONTINUED)
                                                  THE THEORY of EVERYTHING      5
                         
                         CONTINUED: (3)
                         
          DIANA goes over to DAVID, but JANE stays where she is.
                         
                                                                     CUT TO:
                         
          BRIAN walks off to talk to another GIRL, while -
                         
          - STEPHEN, left alone, decides to slowly approach JANE. JANE
          has hardly touched her wine. STEPHEN has a beer.
                         
          They look around the room together, and then -
                         
                                              STEPHEN
                    Hello.
                         
                                              JANE
                    Hello.
                         
                                              STEPHEN
                    Science?
                         
                                              JANE
                    Arts.
                         
          More silence. They look elsewhere.
                         
                                             JANE (CONT'D)
                    So what do you-?
                         
                                             STEPHEN
                    Cosmologist. I'm a cosmologist.
                         
                                             JANE
                    What's a cosmologist?
                         
                                             STEPHEN
                    It's a kind of religion--for
                    intelligent atheists.
                                       (SUSPICIOUSLY)
                    You're not religious, are you?
                         
                                             JANE
                    C of E. Church of England.
                         
                                              STEPHEN
                                       (SIMULTANEOUSLY)
                    - England.
                                       (SMILES CHEEKILY)
                    I suppose someone has to be.
                         
          JANE is not sure whether to take offence.
                         
                                             JANE
                    So--what do cosmologists worship
                    then?
                         
                         
                         
                         
                                                                                (CONTINUED)
                                               THE THEORY of EVERYTHING       6
                         
                         CONTINUED: (4)
                         
                                             STEPHEN
                                       (GRINS)
                    A single unifying equation that
                    explains everything in the
                    universe.
                         
                                             JANE
                                       (AMUSED)
                    Really? So what's the equation?
                         
          STEPHEN smiles.
                         
                                             STEPHEN
                    That is the question.
                         
                                                                    CUT TO:
                         
          The NEEDLE on the RECORD PLAYER now drops onto a ROLLING
          STONES record - "TIME IS ON OUR SIDE"
                         
          Few people remain at the party now. The tables are empty -
          the food is gone. The punch bowl is drained dry.
                         
          DIANA is still talking to DAVID, laughing.
                         
          ANGLE ON: JANE, now listening intently to STEPHEN.
                         
                                             JANE
                    Why didn't you stay at Oxford?
                         
                                             STEPHEN
                    My finals papers were such a
                    shambles the examiners called me in
                    for a 'Viva' and I told them -
                         
                                             JANE
                    What's a viva?
                         
                                             STEPHEN
                    A mildly terrifying face-to-face
                    thingy. An interrogation.
                    So I told them that if they gave me
                    a 2nd class degree I'd stay with
                    them and do my research at Oxford,
                    but if they gave me the 1st I
                    needed to get into Cambridge, then
                    they'd never have to see me again.
                         
                                             JANE
                    They gave you the 1st.
                         
                                             STEPHEN
                    They gave me the 1st.
                         
          JANE laughs. STEPHEN grins - it's a GREAT GRIN, as -
                         
          - DIANA approaches.
                         
                         
                                                                              (CONTINUED)
                                                  THE THEORY of EVERYTHING   7
                         
                         CONTINUED: (5)
                         
                                             DIANA
                    This party is officially deceased!
                    Come on--I've fixed you up a ride
                    home.
                         
          DAVID and DAVID's HANDSOME FRIEND wait by the door. JANE
          barely has time to speak before she is dragged away by DIANA.
                         
                                             JANE
                    Well, I hope you find your
                    equation.
                         
          STEPHEN stands there, forlorn. But then JANE returns, stuffs
          something in his hand, and then runs away.
                         
          It's a NAPKIN. On it - a PHONE NUMBER. He stares at it,
          delighted, so much so that he taps one foot.
                         
                         
          INT. SEMINAR ROOM/TRINITY HALL/CAMBRIDGE - DAY
                         
          STEPHEN reads a CHESS BOOK that lies on his LAP out of sight
          under the table, while the professor, DR. DENNIS SCIAMA,
          (LATE 30s), with a wicked smirk on his face, passes out a set
          of mathematical problems to BRIAN, CARTER, ELLIS, REES and
          several other YOUNG PHYSICISTS.
                         
                                             SCIAMA
                    A little challenge for you all, as
                    you embark on your separate
                    doctoral journeys -
                        (handing paper to STEPHEN)
                    - whatever they may be, Mr Hawking -
                         
          STEPHEN looks up, winces, knowing he's way behind schedule.
                         
                                             SCIAMA (CONT'D)
                    Something to sort--the men from the
                    boys--the wheat from the chaff--
                    the mesons from the pi-mesons--the
                    quarks from the quacks--ten
                    questions--each more impregnable
                    than the last. Good luck. You'll
                    need it. Shall we say, Friday 3
                    o'clock?
                         
                                             BRIAN
                        (aside, gloomy,to STEPHEN)
                    This is going to hospitalize me.
                         
          STEPHEN crumples the paper in his pocket and continues to
          read the CHESS BOOK as he shuffles out of the tutorial.
                         
                         
          EXT. QUAD/ TRINITY HALL / CAMBRIDGE UNI. - DAY
                         
          BRIAN runs across the QUAD.
                                                  THE THEORY of EVERYTHING      8
                         
                         
                         
                         
          INT. STEPHEN'S ROOM/DORM, CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY - DAY (1963)
                         
          BRIAN knocks, enters, finds STEPHEN asleep in bed.
                         
                                             BRIAN
                    Oh come on, get up. How many have
                    you got?
                         
          BRIAN goes to STEPHEN's desk, looking through papers to find
          his answers. How many have you done?
                         
                                             STEPHEN
                    Morning, Brian.
                         
                                             BRIAN
                    Afternoon, Stephen. Where are they?
                    Where are you hiding them? Your
                    answers.
                         
                                             STEPHEN
                    Brian, I have no idea what you're
                    talking about.
                         
                                             BRIAN
                    How many of Sciama's questions have
                    you done?
                         
                                               STEPHEN
                    None.
                         
                                               BRIAN
                    You liar!
                         
                                             STEPHEN
                    I was going do them later.
                         
                                             BRIAN
                    Later? You mean you haven't even
                    started?
                         
          Beat.
                         
                                             BRIAN (CONT'D)
                    Stephen, are you aware you have
                    voluntarily embarked on a PHD in
                    physics at one of the most
                    prestigious colleges in England?
                         
                                               STEPHEN
                    Yes.
                         
                                             BRIAN
                    Oh, good. Thought maybe you'd slept
                    through the induction or something.
                         
          BRIAN starts to leave
                         
                         
                         
                                                                                (CONTINUED)
                                                     THE THEORY of EVERYTHING      9
                         
                         CONTINUED:
                         
                                                STEPHEN
                           (to Brian at the door)
                       Bri-?
                         
                                                 BRIAN
                       What?
                         
                                                STEPHEN
                       Can you whip on some Wagner?
                         
                                                 BRIAN
                       Sod off.
                         
          BRIAN exits, giving up on his pal. STEPHEN, hung-over, sits
          on his bed and yawns.
                         
          He gets out of bed and turns on his ANCIENT TAPE-MACHINE.
          WAGNER starts to play, loudly.
                         
          Later. Pouring milk into a cup of TEA, while listening to a
          TAPED RECORDING of "THE RING CYCLE" by Wagner, and still in
          his pyjamas, the dishevelled STEPHEN digs out the QUESTIONS
          from a pile of TRASH on his desk. First he finds all manner
          of chocolate wrappers, concert tickets, etc, until he finally
          settles down with a clean pad and a pencil. He looks at the
          clock. It reads -- 1:00PM. He sighs and looks out his window
          at teeming university life, as he ponders.
                         
          He then starts to WRITE on a PAD, rapidly, effortlessly, the
          CALCULATIONS pouring out of him, his writing hand adroit and
          swift.
                         
          Distracted, he then reaches for his TEA and clumsily KNOCKS
          THE CUP OVER. The tea washes over his only pad.
                         
          He hurriedly wipes it off, but it's too late. He looks around
          for another pad, but to no avail.
                         
                         
          INT. SEMINAR ROOM, TRINITY COLLEGE - DAY
                         
          The PhD STUDENTS are gathered, minus STEPHEN as SCIAMA hands
          back the classes answers.
                         
                                                SCIAMA
                                          (PASSING PAPER)
                       John, this so illegible I'm not
                       quite sure how wrong it is--I
                       suspect very--and Brian...
                                          (TOSSING PAPERS)
                       ...that's just--baffling.
                         
          STEPHEN arrives late -
                         
                                                SCIAMA (CONT'D)
                       Stephen, glad you could join us.
                         
                         
                         
                                                                                   (CONTINUED)
                                                 THE THEORY of EVERYTHING   10
                         
                         CONTINUED:
                         
                                                STEPHEN
                       Sorry.
                         
          STEPHEN sets TWO TRAIN TIMETABLES on the table. Others push
          the TIME-TABLES down the desk to SCIAMA, who picks them up.
                         
                                                SCIAMA
                       Train timetables?
                       Stephen, these are totally
                       unacceptable--they expired a month
                       ago.
                         
          Laughter.
                         
                                                STEPHEN
                       Sorry. It's on the back. Had a
                       little accident.
                         
          SCIAMA turns them over and looks at them.
                         
          TIGHT ON: the TIMETABLES, then are filled with tiny formulas
          and calculations.
                         
          SCIAMA registers growing amazement, then looks up at STEPHEN -
                         
                                                STEPHEN (CONT'D)
                       I could only do nine.
                         
          End on SCIAMA and fellow students reaction - startled,
          speechless, everyone staring at STEPHEN.
                         
                                                SCIAMA
                       Well...I see...well thank God. Well
                       done Stephen.
                         
                                                BRIAN
                                          (SILENTLY MOUTHS)
                       Nine?
                         
                         
          EXT. RIVER - DAY
                         
          OARS powerfully cut the WATER as a TWO-BOAT PRACTICE RACE
          unfolds. The TWO CREWS are from the same CLUB.
                         
          PAN DOWN one BOAT: EIGHT LARGE POWERFUL ROWERS, culminating
          in PETE, DAN, RAFF, BRIAN and finally the thin, boyish,
          STEPHEN, in the role of COX, facing the rowers, calling out
          the stroke-rate using a coxswain's loud-hailer.
                         
                                                STEPHEN
                       Full, give me twenty - One, drive! -
                       Two, drive! - Three, big legs! -
                       Four, press! - Five, boom! - Hook,
                       send! - Catch, big send! - Hold at
                       32! - Big legs, Brian! - Big legs!
                                                (MORE)
                         
                         
                                                                                (CONTINUED)
                                                   THE THEORY of EVERYTHING   11
                         
                         CONTINUED:
                                                STEPHEN (CONT'D)
                       - Stay long, Brian! - Stay long
                       Brian!!!...
                         
                                                BRIAN
                           (exhausted, speaks one
                            word on each stroke)
                       You! - complete! - and! - utter!
                       bastard!
                         
                         
          INT. PUB ON RIVER - DAY
                         
          Rowdy tables of graduates and undergraduates and rowers,
          males and females. Beer flows.
                         
          Playing PINBALL are BRIAN, REES, ELLIS and CARTER. STEPHEN
          watches, drinking a beer, distracted.
                         
                                                 CARTER
                       No, no, listen, listen, pay
                       attention. A man enters a lift,
                       wanting to go to the fiftieth
                       floor but only gets as far as the
                       46th. Why?
                         
                                                BRIAN
                                          (EXHAUSTED)
                       Erm - there was a naked girl in
                       the lift.
                         
          Collective groan. BRIAN is clipped around the ears.
                         
                                                BRIAN (CONT'D)
                       Hey--it's the closest I'll get to
                       a unifying theory, leave me
                       alone.
                         
          ALL then silently ponder the RIDDLE. BRIAN, deep in thought
          himself, finally notices STEPHEN, bursting to provide the
          answer. BRIAN acts to SILENCE STEPHEN -
                         
                                                BRIAN (CONT'D)
                           (raising a finger)
                       Uh!!!
                         
                                                ELLIS
                       No--we give up. No idea.
                         
                                                STEPHEN
                       He was too short to reach the
                       button for the fiftieth floor.
                         
          STEPHEN rises, triumphant, as the others groan.
                         
                                                BRIAN
                       Okay, I've got one. Okay, okay--
                       A naked girl enters a lift -
                         
                         
                                                                                  (CONTINUED)
                                                    THE THEORY of EVERYTHING   12
                         
                         CONTINUED:
                         
          STEPHEN, at the bar, opens JANE's NAPKIN. Looks at the
          number.
                         
                                                STEPHEN
                                          (TO BARMAN)
                       Do you have change for the pay-
                       phone?
                         
                                                BARMAN
                       Sure.
                         
          The BARMAN takes STEPHEN's POUND and glances at the NAPKIN.
                         
                                                BARMAN (CONT'D)
                       I'd commit that number to memory if
                       I were you.
                         
          STEPHEN smiles - then glances at the mirror-backed bar.
          Reflected - a WOMAN who looks like JANE. Is he imagining
          this?
                         
          TIGHT ON: STEPHEN's face: we see JANE's reflection appear and
          disappear in the glass of his glasses as she crosses the
          room.
                         
          The BARMAN's voice is distant...
                         
                                                BARMAN (CONT'D)
                       Here you go...
                         
          STEPHEN snaps out of it - stares at the BARMAN holding out
          CHANGE - a smile DAWNING.
                         
                                                BARMAN (CONT'D)
                       Sir? Are you okay?
                         
                                                STEPHEN
                       Uh - my napkin just walked in.
                         
                                                                        CUT TO:
                         
          JANE and DIANA and two other FRIENDS sit with TWO OTHER YOUNG
          MEN at a table. She looks reluctant and unhappy to be with
          them. As one YOUNG MAN pours them beers she hands her beer to
          someone else. And then -
                         
                                                STEPHEN (CONT'D)
                       Hi.
                         
          STEPHEN is not afraid to stand in front of this crowd of
          Girls and Jocks and stare straight at JANE. The others fall
          silent and stare at STEPHEN, but JANE's eyes light up.
                         
                                                JANE
                       Hello.
                         
          REACTION: DIANA: Not impressed.
                         
                         
                                                                                   (CONTINUED)
                                               THE THEORY of EVERYTHING    13
                         
                         CONTINUED: (2)
                         
                                             STEPHEN
                    What's the probability?
                         
                                             JANE
                    Reasonably low.
                                       (TO OTHERS)
                    Uh - this is - Stephen.
                         
          He smiles at her. The OTHERS look back and forth between JANE
          and STEPHEN. JANE perks up, interested.
                         
                                             STEPHEN
                    Croquet. Do you play croquet?
                         
                                             JANE
                                       (INTERESTED)
                    Um. Not recently.
                         
                                             STEPHEN
                    Sunday morning?
                         
                                             JANE
                    I'm actually busy Sunday mornings.
                         
                                              STEPHEN
                    Oh. Of course.
                                        (POINTING HEAVEN-WARD)
                    Him.
                         
          STEPHEN turns and just walks away. JANE is perplexed,
          disappointed - stares at him, as do the others.
                         
                         
          INT. CORRIDOR/DEPARTMENT OF APPLIED MATHEMATICS AND
          THEORETICAL PHYSICS (DAMTP), CAMBRIDGE - DAY
                         
          STEPHEN approaches SCIAMA's office, plucks up his courage,
          and knocks -
                         
                         
          INT. SCIAMA'S OFFICE/DEPARTMENT OF APPLIED MATHEMATICS AND
          THEORETICAL PHYSICS (DAMTP), CAMBRIDGE - DAY
                         
                                             SCIAMA
                    Stephen, come in. Sit down. Now--
                    we're all rather concerned--about
                    your choice of subject. What it's
                    going to be.
                         
                                             STEPHEN
                    I can't decide.
                         
                                                SCIAMA
                    Any ideas?
                         
          One of SCIAMA's PENS sits precariously on the edge of the
          desk, and in shuffling papers, knocks it off.
                         
                         
                                                                               (CONTINUED)
                                                 THE THEORY of EVERYTHING   14
                         
                         CONTINUED:
                         
          The PEN rolls off the DESK and falls on the FLOOR in front of
          STEPHEN. STEPHEN stares at the PEN as it comes to a STOP.
                         
                                                  STEPHEN
                       Umm-- No.
                         
          SCIAMA studies him, rises, take a BIG OLD KEY from the desk
          drawer.
                         
                                                SCIAMA
                       Come with me.
                         
                         
          INT. CAVENDISH LAB, CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY - DAY
                         
          SCIAMA shows STEPHEN the famous lab.
                         
                                                SCIAMA
                       This lab is where JJ Thomson
                       discovered the electron, where
                       Rutherford split the atom. One of
                       the great rewards of this job is
                       that you never know from where the
                       next great leap forward is going to
                       come, or from whom.
                         
          SCIAMA takes out a pen and writes on a pad, tears it off and
          gives it to STEPHEN.
                         
                                                SCIAMA (CONT'D)
                       Next Friday. I'm taking a few
                       graduates of merit to London, to
                       attend a talk by the mathematician
                       Roger Penrose. Come along if you're
                       interested.
                                          (EXITING)
                       Oh, and close the door as you
                       leave.
                         
          SCIAMA exits. STEPHEN looks around at the empty LAB. He goes
          to the BLACKBOARD, picks up a piece of CHALK, looks at the
          BLANK BOARD, but then puts the CHALK back down and then
          begins to study, with RAPT AWE, the ancient LABORATORY
          EQUIPMENT.
                         
                         
          EXT. ANGLICAN CHURCH STEPS - DAY
                         
          STEPHEN is now sitting on a STONE WALL, waiting as -
                         
          - the WILDES emerge, in the SUNDAY FINERY. JANE peels off
          from her family to talk to STEPHEN. She is pleased to see
          him.
                         
                                                JANE
                       So I gather you've never been to
                       church?
                         
                         
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                                                STEPHEN
                       Once upon a time.
                         
          He smiles wryly at this Fairy Tale reference.
                         
                                                JANE
                       Tempted to convert?
                         
          He thinks about this.
                         
                                                STEPHEN
                       I have a problem with the whole
                       Celestial Dictator premise. What
                       are you doing for lunch? Ma makes a
                       cracking roast.
                         
                         
          INT. DINING ROOM, HAWKING FAMILY HOME - DAY
                         
          Sunday family lunch. A noisy, eccentric, bohemian
          atmosphere. STEPHEN's father, FRANK opens his HOME-MADE
          WINE. His sister PHILIPPA (17) passes the plates. MARY (20)
          reads a BOOK.
                         
                                                FRANK HAWKING
                       And Jane? What are you studying?
                         
                                                JANE
                       Arts. Languages, poetry. I'm
                       thinking of doing a PhD eventually.
                         
                                                FRANK HAWKING
                       Oh? What in?
                         
          The HAWKINGS, impressed, nod approvingly at STEPHEN.
                         
                                                 JANE
                                          (ENCOURAGED)
                       Medieval poetry of the Iberian
                       Peninsula.
                         
          PHILIPPA snorts back laughter, whilst the other HAWKINGS
          stare blankly at JANE for a moment, before silently returning
          to setting the table. FRANK rescues the mood -
                         
                                                FRANK HAWKING
                       Arts. So, what painters do you
                       like?
                         
                                                JANE
                       Well, I like--Turner...
                         
                                                FRANK HAWKING
                       Really? Turner? To me they all
                       look as if they've been left out
                       in the rain.
                         
                         
                         
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          STEPHEN laughs. JANE shoots him a surprised look, as FRANK
          pours a glass of wine.
                         
                                                JANE
                       And...William Blake.
                         
                                                PHILLIPA
                       Good heavens. Surely not!
                         
                                                FRANK HAWKING
                                          (TO JANE)
                       Will you try my elderflower wine?
                         
                                                JANE
                       Yes, please.
                         
                                                STEPHEN
                                          (TO JANE)
                       Don't touch it, don't touch it
                       Jane.
                         
          Enter ISOBEL, STEPHEN's mother, with a ROAST CHICKEN.
                         
          As FRANK passes wine, JANE looks nervously at STEPHEN, who
          smiles at her. FRANK picks up the CARVING KNIFE and starts
          to SHARPEN it.
                         
                                                FRANK HAWKING
                       Stephen doesn't like my homemade
                       wine. Philistine.
                                          (TO STEPHEN)
                       If you don't watch out I'll send
                       you back with a couple of bottles.
                         
                                                PHILLIPA
                       So Stephen, you've been to church
                       with a good woman. Are you feeling
                       holier than thou?
                         
                                                STEPHEN
                       Positively saintly, thank you.
                         
                                                JANE
                                          (TO STEPHEN)
                       You've never said why you don't
                       believe in God.
                         
                                                STEPHEN
                       A physicist can't allow his
                       calculations to be muddled by a
                       belief in a supernatural creator.
                         
          STEPHEN smiles, pleased with himself, and his mother and
          father seem pleased with it too. JANE notices -
                         
                         
                         
                         
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                                             JANE
                    Sounds less of an argument
                    against God than against
                    physicists.
                         
          JANE 1, STEPHEN O. She eats her food.
                         
                                             FRANK HAWKING
                                       (IMPRESSED)
                    Light or dark?
                        (Re: the chicken)
                    Jane? Light meat or dark?
                         
                                             JANE
                    Er - light, please.
                         
                                             STEPHEN
                    I'll wing it. As usual.
                         
          The old family PUNNING game has begun.
                         
                                             PHILLIPA
                    Boooo.
                         
                                             FRANK HAWKING
                    How plucky of you.
                         
                                             PHILLIPA
                    Ohh, fowl play! Fowl play.
                         
                                             STEPHEN
                    Stop egging him on!
                         
                                             FRANK HAWKING
                    It's so nicely cocked.
                         
          Hawking laughter. Ha! Ha! JANE is bemused.
                         
                                             ISOBEL
                        (sympathetic, to JANE)
                    Don't worry about them. They're
                    pun mad.
                         
          FRANK is about to place a slice of CHICKEN BREAST on JANE's
                         PLATE -
                         
                                             JANE
                    That's okay -
                                       (TENTATIVELY)
                    - the breast is yet to come.
                         
          FRANK guffaws, as he plates her chicken.
                         
                                             FRANK HAWKING
                    HA! Marvelous! Very good. "The
                    breast is yet to come!" Indeed it
                    is! Well done.
                         
                         
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                         CONTINUED: (3)
                         
                                             STEPHEN
                    Oh! - I'm inviting Jane to be my
                    partner for the May Ball.
                         
          It's news to JANE: shocked - but then pleased as he shoots
          her a quick look and mouths...
                         
                                             STEPHEN (CONT'D)
                                       (SILENTLY MOUTHING)
                    Will you?
                         
          She SMILES and NODS, delighted.
                         
                         
          EXT. WILDE HOUSE - NIGHT
                         
          Standing by his PARENT's CAR, STEPHEN watches (SMITTEN) as -
                         
          - JANE, in a GORGEOUS GOWN, walks down the path toward him.
                         
                         
          EXT. COUNTRY ROADS - NIGHT
                         
          To the blaring strains of WAGNER, the HAWKING car careens
          across the countryside.
                         
                         
          EXT. GONVILLE & CAIUS COLLEGE/MAY BALL - NIGHT
                         
          On the GRAND FRONT LAWN of the COLLEGE, a fairy-tale party -
          LIGHTS IN THE TREES, a throng of GOWNED YOUNG WOMEN, and
          YOUNG MEN IN BLACK TIE and TAILS, all sip CHAMPAGNE on the
          sequestered CROQUET LAWNS, as if from a by-gone age. A
          BATHTUB is full of CHAMPAGNE BOTTLES ON ICE. Through this
          STEPHEN and JANE drift.
                         
                         
          INT. GONVILLE & CAIUS COLLEGE/ MAY BALL - NIGHT
                         
          STEPHEN and JANE stand and watch the swirling couples on the
          dance-floor, sipping PUNCH.
                         
          The MAY BALL is now in full and magical swing, as couples
          float across the lawns before the great facade of the
          college.
                         
                                             JANE
                    Should we dance, do you think?
                         
                                             STEPHEN
                    Oh, no, no. Happy to observe the
                    phenomenon--but I can't possibly
                    imagine participating.
                         
                                             JANE
                    I absolutely agree. I mean, who
                    would want to dance?
                         
                         
                                                                              (CONTINUED)
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                                                STEPHEN
                       No, I'm quite serious. I don't
                       dance.
                         
          JANE has a wistful look of disappointment. AWKWARD SILENCE.
                         
          Just then - A BLUE UV LIGHT comes on. This causes great
          excitement on the dance-floor. All the other couples "ooh"
          and "ahh" and even more people take to the floor - not so,
          STEPHEN and JANE.
                         
                                                STEPHEN (CONT'D)
                                          (SOFTLY)
                       Do you see how the men's cuffs and
                       shirt-fronts, how they glow more
                       than the dresses?
                         
                                                JANE
                           (smiles, expectant)
                       Yes...
                         
                                                STEPHEN
                       Do you know why?
                         
                                                JANE
                       Why?
                         
                                                STEPHEN
                       "TIDE."
                         
                                                JANE
                       The washing powder?
                         
                                                STEPHEN
                       The fluorescence in the washing
                       powder is caught by the UV light.
                         
                                                JANE
                       Why do you know that?
                         
                                                STEPHEN
                                          (GRINS)
                       When stars are born and when they
                       die, they emit UV radiation. So if
                       we could see the night sky in
                       ultraviolet light, almost all the
                       stars would disappear--and all we'd
                       see would be these spectacular
                       births and deaths. And I reckon--
                       it would look a little -
                         
          JANE stares at the glowing swirling people with STEPHEN's
          eyes.
                         
                                                JANE
                       - like that.
                         
                         
                         
                                                                                 (CONTINUED)
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                         CONTINUED: (2)
                         
          They watch, impressed, as - FIREWORKS are suddenly heard,
          EXPLODING LOUDLY.
                         
                         
          EXT. TERRACE/LAWNS/RIVERBANK - G&C COLLEGE - NIGHT (1963)
                         
                         
                         MONTAGE:
                         
          A) A FIRE-WORK DISPLAY - STEPHEN and JANE watch as SKY-
          ROCKETS light up the sky.
                         
          B) A CAROUSEL - JANE and STEPHEN ride the CAROUSEL. STEPHEN
          watches JANE, captivated by her happiness in this moment.
                         
          C) A CHAMPAGNE TENT - JANE selects a FLUTE OF CHAMPAGNE and
          takes a BIG SIP, to the sound of a NEARBY 1920's CHICAGO JAZZ
          SWING band. The GATSBY-THEMED BAR-STAFF are dressed in 1920's
          TUXEDOS and FLAPPER-DRESSES.
                         
                                              STEPHEN
                     So why...
                                        (PASSING CHAMPAGNE)
                     ...why...
                         
                                              JANE
                     Why?
                         
                                              STEPHEN
                     Why medieval Spanish poetry?
                         
          JANE surveys the gay party, sipping her champagne -
                         
                                              JANE
                                        (HAPPILY)
                     I suppose I like to time travel.
                         
                                               STEPHEN
                     And what particular time periods do
                     you visit?
                         
          JANE takes the CHAMPAGNE STEPHEN has just chosen and pours
          half of his into her glass.
                         
                                              JANE
                     The Twenties is always fun.
                         
                                              STEPHEN
                     The roaring twenties!
                     Cheers!
                         
          They CLINK GLASSES and sip their champagne, laughing.
                         
                                              STEPHEN (CONT'D)
                     So--The 1920's. A good time for
                     poetry was it?
                         
                         
                         
                                                                               (CONTINUED)
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                         CONTINUED:
                         
                         
                         
                                                JANE
                       "Seek then/ No learning/ from
                       Starry Men!/ Who follow with Optic
                       Glass/ The Whirling Ways of Stars
                       that Pass."
                         
                                                 STEPHEN
                       Ouch.
                         
                                                 JANE
                       Was it -
                         
          They move off across the NEARBY DANCE-FLOOR, and PASS the
          JAZZ BAND en route to the LIGHTED FOOT-BRIDGE spanning a
          river under which LIGHTED PUNTS drift by.
                         
                                                JANE (CONT'D)
                       - was it a good time for science?
                         
                                                STEPHEN
                       A smashing time actually. Spacetime
                       was born.
                         
                                                JANE
                       Spacetime...
                         
                                                STEPHEN
                       Space and Time finally got
                       together. People always thought
                       they were too dissimilar, couldn't
                       possibly work out. But then along
                       comes Einstein, the ultimate match-
                       maker, and decided that space and
                       time, not only had a future, but
                       had been married all along.
                         
                                                JANE
                       The perfect couple!
                         
          They arrive at the FOOT-BRIDGE, with its view of the BRIDGE
          OF SIGHS. PUNTS with CATHERINE WHEELS are moored nearby.
                         
          D) FOOT-BRIDGE.
                         
          JANE and STEPHEN stop in the middle of the bridge. STEPHEN
          looks up at the STARS, bright, sparkling. JANE does the same.
                         
                                                STEPHEN
                       Well that's astonishing, isn't it?
                         
          Silence, then -
                         
                         
                         
                         
                                                                                (CONTINUED)
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                         CONTINUED: (2)
                         
                                             JANE
                                       (SERIOUSLY)
                    "In the beginning was the heaven
                    and the earth, and the earth was
                    without form, and darkness--
                    darkness was upon the face of the
                    deep."
                         
          STEPHEN, moved, looks at her.
                         
                                             STEPHEN
                    Would you dance with me?
                         
          He takes her hand and starts to DANCE with her to the music,
          and then tilts his head and KISSES her.
                         
          CAMERA pulls back to reveal the couple kissing on the
          FOOTBRIDGE, the punts floating underneath, the night magical,
          the lovely slow jazz drifting over the scene.
                         
                         
          EXT. FRONT DOOR / WILDE FAMILY HOUSE - DAY
                         
          MORNING LIGHT on the WILDE FRONT DOOR. JANE, in bathrobe,
          opens the door to get the MILK. Looks down. PAN down to - a
          BOX of "TIDE" WASHING POWDER. She picks it up - looks around
          for STEPHEN - smiles, delighted - IN LOVE.
                         
                         
          EXT. PLATFORM, CAMBRIDGE TRAIN STATION - DAY
                         
          SCIAMA and STEPHEN and PHYSICISTS 1,2 and 3 arrive late on
          the platform. The train is already pulling in. SCIAMA, and
          the OTHER THREE all run for it. But STEPHEN is making his way
          up the steps, not running - putting on a brave face. When
          STEPHEN arrives, just in time, the PHYSICISTS 1,2,3, pull
          STEPHEN on to the train.
                         
                         
          INT. MOVING TRAIN COMPARTMENT - DAY
                         
          As they whistle along, English countryside in the background.
                         
          SCIAMA studies STEPHEN then returns his attention to his
          newspaper when he meets his eyes.
                         
                         
          INT. KING'S COLLEGE CLASSROOM -   LONDON - DAY
                         
          ROGER PENROSE, MATHEMATICIAN, gives a passionate talk
          before a small audience in a small room. The blackboard is
          crammed with calculations and diagrams.
                         
                                             ROGER PENROSE
                    So what do we know? Let me
                    rephrase that--what do the
                    equations tell us, finally?
                         
                         
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          He turns the blackboard over. A blank board.
                         
                                 ROGER PENROSE (CONT'D)
                       How about a simple diagram?
                         
          Smiles, small laughter from the audience. STEPHEN looks
          especially relieved.
                         
                                 ROGER PENROSE (CONT'D)
                       A star, more than three times the
                       size of our sun...
                         
          He draws a circle on the board.
                         
                                 ROGER PENROSE (CONT'D)
                       ...ought to end its life, how? With
                       a collapse, the gravitational
                       forces of the entire mass
                       overcoming the electromagnetic
                       forces of individual atoms, and so
                       collapsing inwards. If the star is
                       massive enough, it will continue
                       this collapse, creating a black
                       hole - where the warping of
                       spacetime is so great that nothing
                       can escape... not even light. It
                       gets...
                         
          He draws a smaller circle, inside the first.
                         
                                 ROGER PENROSE (CONT'D)
                       Smaller, smaller...
                         
          An even smaller circle.
                         
                                 ROGER PENROSE (CONT'D)
                       The star, in fact, gets denser as
                       atoms--even subatomic particles--
                       get literally crushed, smashed into
                       smaller and smaller space. And at
                       its end point what are we left
                       with?
                         
          He draws a point.
                         
                                 ROGER PENROSE (CONT'D)
                       A point. A spacetime
                       singularity...
                         
          STEPHEN is captivated.
                         
                                 ROGER PENROSE (CONT'D)
                       With extraordinary properties!
                       Infinite density. Space and time
                       come to a stop. All of the known
                       laws of science--they just stop
                       working.
                                                (MORE)
                         
                                                                                (CONTINUED)
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                         CONTINUED: (2)
                              ROGER PENROSE (CONT'D)
                    What I've just shown is that this
                    happens in every black hole. Its
                    really happening, out there. To
                    real stars--and its happening right
                    now!
                         
          STEPHEN smiles - seeing his future revealed.
                         
                         
          INT. MOVING TRAIN COMPARTMENT - NIGHT
                         
          SCIAMA and his students, returning home.
                         
          As his friends talk excitedly, STEPHEN is silently staring
          down at the CIRCULATING COFFEE in front of him, into which
          he pours CREAM...
                         
          SLOWLY, CLOCKWISE - the cream is spread outward by the
          circulating coffee until it looks like a SPIRAL GALAXY.
                         
          As he stares, deep in thought, the SPIRAL of CREAM pulses
          with LIGHT - he is having an epiphany here - a major
          insight...
                         
          ...and then TIME GOES INTO REVERSE. As it does so, the CREAM
          CHANGES DIRECTION, goes ANTI-CLOCKWISE now, the SPIRAL once
          more returning to its original central dollop, and then
          vanishing. The coffee creamless. STEPHEN looks up...
                         
                                             STEPHEN
                                       (TO SCIAMA)
                    I wonder what would happen--if--I
                    wonder what would happen--
                         
          Sensing his protege is on to something, perhaps even a small
          smile.
                         
                                                SCIAMA
                    Go on. If?
                         
                                             STEPHEN
                    If you applied Penrose's theory
                    about black holes to--the entire
                    universe?
                         
          SCIAMA stares at him.
                         
                         
          EXT. RIVERBANK, CAMBRIDGE - SUNSET
                         
          STEPHEN excitedly expands on his new idea to a DELIGHTED,
          SMILING JANE as they WALK side by side.
                         
                         
                         
                         
                                                                               (CONTINUED)
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                         CONTINUED:
                         
                                                STEPHEN
                       If--if--so--If--Einstein is right,
                       if--general relativity is correct,
                       then the universe is expanding,
                       yes? -
                         
                                                JANE
                       - Alright -
                         
                                                STEPHEN
                       - which means - that--if you
                       reverse time, the universe would
                       get smaller and smaller.
                       So what if--if I reverse the
                       process all the way to see what
                       happened at the beginning of Time
                       itself? The universe, smaller and
                       smaller, denser and denser, hotter
                       and hotter as we approach its
                       birth. Wind back the clock...
                         
          JANE grabs his hands and begins to SWIRL him around.
                         
                                                STEPHEN (CONT'D)
                       What are you doing?
                         
                                                JANE
                       Winding back the clock!
                         
                                                STEPHEN
                                          (LAUGHING)
                       Is that what you're doing?
                         
                                                JANE
                       That's what I'm doing.
                         
                                                STEPHEN
                       Well keep winding! You've got quite
                       a way to go. Keep winding, Jane!
                       Keep winding...back to the
                       beginning of Time...Keep winding...
                         
          They SPIN faster and faster until they almost trip and only
          save themselves by clasping each other closely...
                         
                                                STEPHEN (CONT'D)
                                          (SUDDENLY SERIOUS)
                       ...until you get -
                         
                         
          INT. SCIAMA'S OFFICE/DAMTP, CAMBRIDGE - DAY
                         
          STEPHEN at the blackboard makes a DOT on the blackboard.
                         
                                                SCIAMA
                       A singularity.
                         
                         
                         
                                                                                 (CONTINUED)
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                         CONTINUED:
                         
                                                STEPHEN
                       A spacetime singularity. At the
                       beginning of time.
                         
          SCIAMA stares at him. STEPHEN smiles.
                         
                                                STEPHEN (CONT'D)
                       The universe born from a black
                       hole exploding.
                         
                                                SCIAMA
                                          (FINALLY)
                       Keep going.
                         
                                                STEPHEN
                       Keep going? You mean go further
                       back, Professor? Before the
                       universe began?
                         
                                                SCIAMA
                       Keep going. Develop the
                       mathematics.
                         
                                                STEPHEN
                       I don't know how.
                         
          SCIAMA takes the KEY for the RUTHERFORD LAB out of the drawer
          and hands it to him.
                         
                         
          INT. RUTHERFORD LAB LECTURE HALL
                         
          STEPHEN writes, inspired, formula on the famous blackboard.
          He stops, thinks, continues, then deletes a bit, and writes
          again, faster, faster, his mind racing, even as his fingers
          begin to betray him, growing weaker, weaker...
                         
                         
          EXT. TRINITY HALL, CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY - DAY
                         
          The swirl of CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY life. Dons on bicycles.
          Purposeful students. Every building looking like a STATELY
          HOME.
                         
          STEPHEN walks quickly and excitedly, with still CHALKY
          FINGERS, across campus but then suddenly, trips - FALLS -
          falls hard. His head smashing onto the hard paving stones.
          His GLASSES fly off his face. He is unconscious immediately.
                         
          STUDENTS rush to his aid.
                         
                         
                         MONTAGE:
                         
          A) X-RAY DEPARTMENT. STEPHEN, his face GRAZED and BRUISED,
          lies on a tilting bed as X-rays are taken.
                         
                         
                         
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                         CONTINUED:
                         
          B) Blood is taken from his arm.
                         
          C) In a PUBLIC WARD, STEPHEN, sitting on the edge of a bed
          in a HOSPITAL SMOCK, turns and looks at a SICK YOUNG MAN in
          the next bed, who looks GRAVELY ILL.
                         
          D) Dexterity Test - Stephen struggles to bring his little
          finger to meet his thumb. Stephen, lying down, as the doctor
          violently jerks his knee up. Stephen lying prone in foetal
          postion as a doctor performs a lumbar puncture and extracts
          fluid from his spine.
                         
                                                STEPHEN
                       What is it? What's wrong with me?
                         
          E) STEPHEN lies in the PUBLIC WARD while the SICK YOUNG MAN
          in the next bed is discovered DEAD. Nurses rush the SICK
          YOUNG MAN away, as STEPHEN watches. He is very moved by this.
                         
                         
          F) INT. WARD/ HOSPITAL - DAY
                         
          The DOCTOR is dismissive and unsentimental.
                         
                                                SENIOR DOCTOR
                       It's called motor neuron disease.
                         
                                                STEPHEN
                       What's that?
                         
          The DOCTOR, despite his unsentimental nature, draws a deep
          breath. This is not the speech he wants to make...
                         
                                                SENIOR DOCTOR
                       It's a progressive neurological
                       disorder that destroys the cells
                       in the brain that control
                       essential muscle activity such as
                       speaking, walking--breathing--
                       swallowing. The signals that
                       muscles must receive in order to
                       move are disrupted, cut off. The
                       result is--gradual muscle decay,
                       a wasting away. Eventually, the
                       ability to control voluntary
                       movement is--lost--entirely.
                         
          SHOCK sets in as STEPHEN watches other patients taking
          EXERCISE, stretching - walking.
                         
                                                STEPHEN
                       Is--is--is there a cure? Some--?
                       Is--can you--?
                         
                                                SENIOR DOCTOR
                       Improvement should not be
                       expected.
                                                (MORE)
                         
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                         CONTINUED:
                                 SENIOR DOCTOR (CONT'D)
                                          (PAUSE)
                       I'm afraid average life
                       expectancy is two years.
                         
          STEPHEN is rocked to the core by this news -
                         
                                 SENIOR DOCTOR (CONT'D)
                       There's nothing I can do for you,
                       I'm terribly sorry.
                         
          Silence. The SENIOR DOCTOR rises to go -
                         
                                                STEPHEN
                       Wait! What about--what about the
                       brain?
                         
                                                SENIOR DOCTOR
                       The brain isn't affected. Your
                       thoughts won't change--it's just-
                         
                                                STEPHEN
                       What?
                         
                                                 SENIOR DOCTOR
                       Eventually--no-one will know what
                       they are.
                                          (BEAT)
                       Ever so sorry.
                         
          The DOCTOR walks away.
                         
          REACTION: STEPHEN, devastated. Frozen. People walk past him
          and he doesn't move, doesn't react.
                         
                         
          INT. BATHROOM, TRINITY HALL - DAY
                         
          WATER drips in SLOW MO from an old TAP.
                         
          STEPHEN lies in a bath, in a TRANCE, knees drawn up, hair
          wet, not moving, in a STATE OF SHOCK, as he stares at the
          DRIPPING TAP, until -
                         
          - his eyes are drawn to his ARM where he sees a weird
          PHENOMENON - it's called FASCICULATION - a visible throbbing
          that travels underneath the skin.
                         
                         
          INT. COLLEGE STAIR-WELL - DAY
                         
          BRIAN rushes up the SPIRAL STAIRS, past the "BEDDER" - a
          woman who looks after the STUDENTS domestic needs.
                         
                                                BRIAN
                                          (TO BEDDER)
                       Is he up yet?
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          INT. STEPHEN'S DORM ROOM/CAMBRIDGE UNI   - DAY (EM60'S)
                         
          Suddenly, a pounding on his door, and then BRIAN enters
          STEPHEN's room.
                         
          WAGNER is playing INCREDIBLY LOUDLY on an old TAPE-DECK.
          BRIAN shuts it off and looks at -
                         
          - STEPHEN, in the corner, in his pyjamas, his MATRESS now on
          the floor (rather than on the HIGH BUNK as before) legs drawn
          up, reading a book of CHESS.
                         
                                             BRIAN
                    "Welcome--to this week's episode
                    of The Natural World, where we
                    explain the extraordinary
                    hibernation patterns of the rare
                    Cambridge Physicist--seen here in
                    his wonderful plumage..."
                         
          Silence. BRIAN waits for STEPHEN to speak.
                         
                                             BRIAN (CONT'D)
                    So? What did they say? Your
                    wrist. What did they say?
                         
                                             STEPHEN
                    I have a disease, Bri.
                         
                                             BRIAN
                                       (WHISPERS)
                    Is it--venereal, Stephen?
                         
                                             STEPHEN
                    No. Motor neuron disease. Lou
                    Gehrig's Disease. He was a
                    baseball player.
                         
                                             BRIAN
                    Motor what? Sorry, I'm lagging
                    behind in my pioneering work on
                    rare automotive and baseball
                    diseases. Come on, let's go to
                    the pub.
                         
          BRIAN tries to pull STEPHEN to his feet.
                         
                                             STEPHEN
                                       (IMPASSIVELY)
                    I have two years to live.
                                       (PAUSE)
                    Sounds strange, doesn't it, when
                    you say it out loud.
                         
                                             BRIAN
                    What? I--I don't understand. It's
                    not possible! It's ridiculous!
                                             (MORE)
                         
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                         CONTINUED:
                                                 BRIAN (CONT'D)
                       You were fine a couple of days
                       ago.
                                           (SILENCE)
                       Steve? You're fine. What did they
                       say...?
                         
                                                STEPHEN
                       Will you leave me Brian?
                         
                         
                                                BRIAN
                       I'm sorry, look, I was just being a
                       berk...I'm so...
                         
          The BEDDER knocks and enters.
                         
                                                BEDDER
                       Stephen! Phone for you! It's a
                       girl.
                         
          BRIAN has no choice. He is badly shaken by the news.
                         
                                                BRIAN
                       Right. OK. So--see you soon, yeah?
                         
          STEPHEN does his best to smile. Brian exits.
                         
                                                BEDDER
                                          (TO STEPHEN)
                       She's waiting.
                         
                         
          INT. HALLWAY, WILDE FAMILY HOME - DAY
                         
          JANE on phone.
                         
                                                JANE
                       Stephen? Hi. It's me.
                           (CLICK!)
                       Stephen?
                         
          She holds the DEAD RECEIVER in her hand.
                         
                         
          EXT. TRINITY HALL, CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY - DAY
                         
          Through the swirl of UNIVERSITY life comes - JANE WILDE.
                         
                         
          INT. HALLWAY/STEPHEN'S DORM ROOM - DAY
                         
          JANE knocks - gets no answer.
                         
                                                JANE
                       STEPHEN?!
                                          (KNOCKS)
                       STEPHEN!
                                                 THE THEORY of EVERYTHING   31
                         
                         
                         
                         
          INT. STEPHEN'S ROOM / OXFORD UNIVERSITY - DAY
                         
          STEPHEN, huddled against the door, refused to answer      it.
                         
                         
          EXT. CROQUET LAWN, CAMBRIDGE - DAY
                         
          JANE walks past the empty lawn.
                         
                         
          INT. PUB ON THE RIVER, CAMBRIDGE - DAY
                         
          Full of undergraduates.
                         
          JANE enters, looks around for STEPHEN. Can't see him.
                         
          BRIAN, seated with the other YOUNG PHYSICISTS, spots her.
                         
                                                BRIAN
                       Jane!
                         
          JANE comes up the young men.
                         
                                                JANE
                       Brian--have you seen Stephen?
                         
                                                BRIAN
                       Jane, have a seat.
                         
          JANE sits.
                         
                                                JANE
                       What is it?
                         
                                                BRIAN
                       I understand you saw him. You know
                       he was in hospital...
                         
          JANE nods, as the CAMERA pulls back from the scene, leaving
          BRIAN (sensitively) to pass the terrible news to JANE.
                         
                         
          INT. COMBINATION ROOM/TRINITY HALL/CAMBRIDGE - DAY
                         
          JANE walks in, sees STEPHEN, slumped in an armchair
          watching TV in the common room.
                         
          At a distance, JANE stops, shocked. He looks woebegone,
          depressed, physically reduced already. She summons up a
          cheerful demeanor, however, and advances.
                         
                                                JANE
                       Something educational?
                         
                                                STEPHEN
                           (without looking at her)
                       Very.
                                                (MORE)
                         
                                                                                (CONTINUED)
                                                 THE THEORY of EVERYTHING   32
                         
                         CONTINUED:
                                                 STEPHEN (CONT'D)
                       John is having an affair with
                       Martha. But Martha is in love
                       with Alan. And I think Alan is
                       homosexual by the look of his
                       shirts. I'm trying to work out
                       the mathematical probability of
                       happiness.
                         
                                                JANE
                       Are you close?
                         
                                                STEPHEN
                       It's some integer of zero, but
                       I'm not there yet.
                         
                                                 JANE
                       STEPHEN?
                         
                                                STEPHEN
                       You just missed him. He was here
                       earlier.
                         
                                                JANE
                       Don't do this.
                         
                                                 STEPHEN
                       What?
                         
                                                JANE
                       Cut me off.
                         
                                                 STEPHEN
                       Go.
                         
                                                JANE
                       Teach me croquet.
                                          (PAUSE)
                       Come on. Teach me.
                                          (PAUSE)
                       What is this?
                         
                                                STEPHEN
                       I believe you poetry under-
                       graduate types call it..."a
                       slough of despond."
                         
                                                JANE
                       If you don't get up and play a
                       game with me I won't come back
                       here again. Ever.
                         
          Silence. He finally looks at her. ANGRILY he rises. And
          walks off ahead of her. She watches him.
                                                  THE THEORY of EVERYTHING   33
                         
                         
                         
                         
          EXT. CROQUET LAWN -
                         
          JANE AIMS, STRIKES, hits a FEEBLE SHOT.
                         
                                               STEPHEN
                     My turn.
                         
          STEPHEN AIMS, HITS his BALL through the FIRST HOOP, then
          walks, as best he can, off toward his BALL, using his MALLET
          as a WALKING STICK. With his second shot he hits her BALL. He
          then picks up his BALL, places it beside hers so that it
          touches, puts his foot on his ball, then smacks his BALL HARD
          with his MALLET, blasting her ball down to the next hoop.
                         
          He proceeds to play a MASTER GAME that will not allow JANE
          another shot, enlisting her ball to advance his own from HOOP
          to HOOP, until -
                         
          - he knocks his ball and hits the finishing peg.
                         
          JANE has been watching all this, her eyes FLOODING WITH
          TEARS, until she can bear it no longer, and walks up to him
          and picks up his ball, stopping the game. They stare into
          each others eyes, until he can bear it no longer and he walks
          off (as best he can) back to his room.
                         
          She watches him, then follows determinedly.
                         
                         
          INT. STEPHEN'S DORM ROOM/CAMBRIDGE UNI - DAY
                         
          He enters ANGRILY, SLAMS the door behind him, then tries to
          break a CHAIR by throwing it against the wall - just as JANE
          enters.
                         
                                               STEPHEN
                     Go away.
                         
          More knocks.
                         
                               JANE (O.S.)
                     STEPHEN? Let me in. Please.
                     Please let me in.
                         
                         
          INT. HALLWAY/STEPHEN'S DORM/CAMBRIDGE UNI - DAY
                         
                                STEPHEN (O.S.)
                     Go away!
                         
                                              JANE
                     Are you going to talk about this
                     or not?
                         
          Silence.
                         
                         
                         
                         
                                                                                 (CONTINUED)
                                                   THE THEORY of EVERYTHING   34
                         
                         CONTINUED:
                         
                                                STEPHEN
                       There's nothing to say--
                       just...(go)
                         
                                                JANE
                       Is that what you want?
                         
                                                STEPHEN
                       That's what I want. I haven't got
                       time for you. So - if you care
                       about me at all - go.
                         
          JANE moves closer and closer to STEPHEN during this whole
          interchange - almost trapping STEPHEN, who is gallantly
          trying to resist being taken into her life.
                         
                                                 JANE
                       I can't.
                         
                                                STEPHEN
                       I've got two years. I need to
                       work.
                         
                                                 JANE
                       I can't.
                         
          His eyes widen. He can't believe his ears. He looks at her.
                         
                                                JANE (CONT'D)
                       I think--I've fallen in love with
                       you.
                         
          He can't speak now. This STUNS him.
                         
                                                JANE (CONT'D)
                       I know. Strange. Inexplicable.
                         
                                                STEPHEN
                       You've--you've leapt to--a false
                       conclusion...
                         
                                                JANE
                       My chances are probably -
                                          (SHRUGS)
                       - well, some "integer of zero",
                       but I think we can make a go of
                       this. I want us to be together,
                       for as long as we've got. And if
                       that's not very long then - well,
                       that's just how it is. It will
                       have to do.
                         
                                                STEPHEN
                       You don't realise what's coming.
                       It'll affect everything.
                         
                         
                         
                         
                                                                                  (CONTINUED)
                                               THE THEORY of EVERYTHING   35
                         
                         CONTINUED: (2)
                         
          She advances, and kisses him on the lips. He is still
          speechless. She stares into his eyes, with love --
                         
                                             JANE
                    Your glasses are always dirty.
                         
          She takes them off, cleans them on her dress. His heart is
          exploding with joy and hope. She slips his GLASSES gently
          back on his nose.
                         
                                             JANE (CONT'D)
                    There. That's better. Isn't it?
                         
                                             STEPHEN
                                       (POWERFULLY MOVED)
                    Yes. It is.
                         
                         
          INT. SCIAMA'S OFFICE, DAMTP/CAMBRIDGE - DAY
                         
          SCIAMA is giving a TUTORIAL to FOUR UNDERGRADS -
                         
                                             SCIAMA
                    ...the solutions to the Schrodinger
                    equation must vanish at the
                    boundary of the box, so we have...
                         
          STEPHEN enters -
                         
                                             STEPHEN
                        (cutting him off)
                    Time!
                         
                                             SCIAMA
                    Time. That's your subject? Any
                    aspect of it, in particular?
                         
                                              STEPHEN
                    Time.
                         
          STEPHEN exits.
                         
                         
          INT. KITCHEN - HAWKING FAMILY HOME - NIGHT
                         
          JANE is seated, watching FRANK as he ominously shuts the
          door.
                         
                                             FRANK HAWKING
                    You don't realize what lies ahead.
                    His life is going to be very short.
                    So. Be careful. Science is against
                    you. And it's not going to be a
                    fight, Jane. It's going to be a
                    very heavy defeat. For all of us.
                         
                         
                         
                         
                                                                              (CONTINUED)
                                                 THE THEORY of EVERYTHING   36
                         
                         CONTINUED:
                         
                                                JANE
                       I know--I know what you all think.
                       That I don't look a terribly strong
                       person. But I love him. And he
                       loves me. We're going to fight this
                       illness--all of us.
                         
                         
          EXT. TRINITY HALL - CAMBRIDGE UNI- DAY
                         
          SUPER-8 FOOTAGE (MONTAGE) of -
                         
          - STEPHEN and JANE are married. They pose for their WEDDING
          PHOTO, STEPHEN in black suit, tie, leaning on a SINGLE
          WALKING STICK; JANE in white, happy, as -
                         
          - FLOWER PETALS drift down on them.
                         
          Supered on BLUE sky: "TWO YEARS LATER"
                         
                         _____________________________________________________________
                         
                         
          EXT. STEPHEN & JANE'S HOUSE, LITTLE ST MARY'S LANE,
          CAMBRIDGE - DAY
                         
          SUPER-8 FOOTAGE (MONTAGE) of -
                         
          - a small terrace house - a MINI parked outside.
                         
                         
          INT. DINING ROOM/LITTLE ST MARY'S LANE - DAY
                         
          SUPER-8 FOOTAGE (MONTAGE) of -
                         
          - a ONE YEAR-OLD BABY (ROBERT) is set into STEPHEN's arms. He
          is delighted.
                         
                         
          INT. LOUNGE, LITTLE ST MARY'S LANE - DAY
                         
          STEPHEN SLIDES ON HIS BACK, down the STAIRS, dressed in a
          SUIT. He laughs at how ridiculous this is.
                         
          JANE is there to meet him, to help him to his feet, to
          straighten his bow-tie. Both look nervous. Tenderly, she
          touches his face.
                         
                                                JANE
                       Ready. Good luck. Are you sure I
                       can't drive you?
                         
          STEPHEN smiles, gently shakes his head. She gives him his TWO
          WALKING STICKS.
                                                 THE THEORY of EVERYTHING   37
                         
                         
                         
                         
          INT. CAMBRIDGE CLOISTER - DAY
                         
          STEPHEN walks with great difficulty up the hallway, using
          (for the first time) TWO WALKING STICKS.
                         
                         
          INT. HALLWAY, DAMTP - DAY
                         
          STEPHEN stops outside SCIAMA's office. Knocks with a stick.
                         
                         
          INT. SEMINAR ROOM,TRINITY HALL,CAMBRIDGE - DAY
                         
          SCIAMA and ROGER PENROSE and an American, KIP THORNE, face
          STEPHEN.
                         
                                             SCIAMA
                    Come in Stephen.
                         
          STEPHEN makes his way slowly, laboriously, to stand in front
          of the three examiners.
                         
                                             SCIAMA (CONT'D)
                    How are you?
                         
                                             STEPHEN
                        (his speech has worsened)
                    Fine.
                         
                                             SCIAMA
                    Would you like to sit down?
                         
                                             STEPHEN
                    No thankyou.
                         
                                             SCIAMA
                    So. Chapters One--full of holes and
                    lacks mathematical support.
                        (to KIP THORNE)
                    Professor Thorne?
                         
                                             KIP THORNE
                    Chapter Two--not really original--
                    uses a lot of Roger's ideas.
                         
                                              PENROSE
                    Well at least you run with them.
                    Chapter Three? Too many unanswered
                    questions.
                         
                                               SCIAMA
                    But Four?
                         
          Silence. STEPHEN waits, as the PANEL turn the pages of his
          thesis. STEPHEN grows WORRIED.
                         
                         
                         
                         
                                                                                (CONTINUED)
                                                   THE THEORY of EVERYTHING   38
                         
                         CONTINUED:
                         
                                                SCIAMA (CONT'D)
                       A black hole at the beginning of
                       Time.
                         
                                                KIP THORNE
                       A spacetime singularity?
                         
          SCIAMA and PENROSE and KIP THORNE look at each other. STEPHEN
          can't breath for the tension.
                         
                                                SCIAMA
                       Brilliant. It's brilliant Stephen.
                       So all that remains to be said
                       is...well done. Or should I say,
                       well done Doctor. And extraordinary
                       theory.
                         
                                                   STEPHEN
                       Thankyou.
                         
          STEPHEN sighs with RELIEF, and smiles.
                         
                                                SCIAMA
                       So, what now?
                         
                                                STEPHEN
                       Prove it. Prove...with a single
                       equation, that Time has a
                       beginning. Wouldn't that be nice
                       Professor? One single elegant
                       equation to explain everything?
                         
                                                SCIAMA
                       Yes. It would. It would indeed.
                         
                         
          INT. LOUNGE, LITTLE ST MARY'S LANE - EVENING
                         
          CHAMPAGNE is OPENED and POURED.
                         
          A celebrational dinner party, attended by JANE, BRIAN, ELLIS,
          REES, CARTER and two of their GIRLFRIENDS. JANE rises to give
          a TOAST.
                         
                                                   JANE
                                      TO DOCTOR-
                         
                                                   BRIAN
                       -Who?
                         
          Over laughter -
                         
                                                JANE
                       To Doctor Stephen Hawking.
                         
                                                                       CUT TO:
                         
                         
                         
                                                                                  (CONTINUED)
                                                    THE THEORY of EVERYTHING    39
                         
                         CONTINUED:
                         
          BRIAN holds forth on a funny story about him and Stephen, as
          he uncorks a bottle of wine -
                         
                                                BRIAN
                       What's astonishing is that for
                       Stephen and I, "work" was the worst
                       four-letter word, the worst.
                                          (LAUGHTER)
                       Stephen probably averaged, what was
                       it?--an hour a day your entire
                       university career?
                                          (LAUGHTER)
                       Unbelievable levels of sloth!
                         
          As the conversation turns into a HUBBUB of chatter, STEPHEN,
          smiling, drops his FORK. JANE, in conversation now with one
          of the GIRLFRIENDS, picks up the fork without barely looking
          at STEPHEN and put it back in front of him.
                         
          STEPHEN watches everybody      talking, eating, drinking, being
          wonderfully, effortlessly      dextrous. FRUSTRATED, ENVIOUS, and
          saddened, STEPHEN watches      closely then, before emotion breaks
          through, rises, grabs his      TWO WALKING STICKS and starts to
          leave.
                         
                                                JANE
                                          (CONCERNED)
                       Stephen?
                         
                                                   STEPHEN
                       I'm sorry.
                         
          Everyone watches him go with concern. It's a painful sight to
          see how hard it is for him to walk now.
                         
          When he is gone only a few seconds, the guests stop their
          chatter when they hear a huge THUMP. Several men are about to
          rise to his aid when JANE signals for everyone to remain in
          their place. Everyone understands and settles again.
                         
                         
          INT. HALL, LITTLE ST MARY'S LANE - EVENING
                         
          STEPHEN tries to pull himself up the stairs by the spokes of
          the balustrade. It takes him many seconds just to get up the
          first stairs but we see his determination.
                         
                         
          INT. LOUNGE, LITTLE ST MARY'S LANE - EVENING
                         
          The DINNER guests are now eating DESSERT, and talking
          quietly.
                                                THE THEORY of EVERYTHING   40
                         
                         
                         
                         
          INT. HALL, LITTLE ST MARY'S LANE - NIGHT
                         
          STEPHEN is only halfway up the STAIRS, using his last heroic
          energies. Finally, he STOPS, EXHAUSTED. Hearing something, he
          looks up -
                         
          The TWO YEAR-OLD ROBERT has woken, and stands in his pajamas
          at the BABY-GATE at the top of the stairs, looking down at
          his father.
                         
                                             STEPHEN
                    It's okay Robert.
                         
          For the first time - with his head resting on the step, and
          with his eyes turning back to look through the balusters at
          the REFLECTION in a DINING ROOM mirror of the dinner party
          (his POV: tilted at 90 degrees) TEARS fall out of his eyes. A
          PRIVATE MOMENT of great despair.
                         
                                                      FADE TO BLACK.
                         
                         
                         
                         
          INT. KITCHEN, LITTLE ST MARY'S LANE - DAY
                         
          JANE and STEPHEN sip tea. Holding a cup is extremely
          difficult for him. A new tension exists between them. She
          watches him.
                         
          Finally - she gets up, goes into the kitchen and then
          returns with...
                         
          A WHEELCHAIR. She sets it before him. He stares at it. Is
          this his future? Is it an aid, or an enemy? She returns to
          the kitchen to wash some dishes while he stares at the
          chair...eventually rising, turning, poising above it, and
          then falling with a CRASH into it.
                         
          JANE comes back to his side, realising the momentousness of
          this moment.
                         
                                             STEPHEN
                    This--is--temporary.
                         
                                                JANE
                    Of course.
                         
                         
          INT. DINING ROOM,LITTLE ST MARY'S LANE - NIGHT
                         
          JANE comes down the stairs, in her NIGHTIE, dressed for bed,
          carrying pillows.
                         
          The MASTER BED now is erected in the little DINING ROOM, and
          STEPHEN is propped up in it, smiling, waiting...(STEPHEN can
          no longer manage the stair-climb.)
                         
                         
                                                                               (CONTINUED)
                                                    THE THEORY of EVERYTHING   41
                         
                         CONTINUED:
                         
                                                 STEPHEN
                       Well, it's convenient for
                       breakfast!
                         
          She puts an extra pillow behind him, then they look into each
          other's faces.
                         
                                                   STEPHEN (CONT'D)
                       Thank you.
                         
                                                JANE
                                          (PLAYFULLY)
                       Excuse me, did you say something?
                         
                                                STEPHEN
                       I said--thankyou.
                         
          They smile at each other. They kiss...
                         
                         
          INT. POST-NATAL WARD - DAY
                         
          A NEW-BORN BABY is put into STEPHEN's LAP for him to hold.
                         
                         
          INT. DINING ROOM,LITTLE ST MARY'S LANE - NIGHT
                         
          The NEW BABY'S CRIES carry (from UPSTAIRS) as JANE helps
          STEPHEN on with his PYJAMA TOP. She struggles to pull it down
          over his head when the BABY's cries grow too urgent.
                         
                                                   STEPHEN
                       Go Jane.
                         
                                                JANE
                       One second.
                         
          JANE runs out to go to the baby, runs up the stairs.
                         
          STEPHEN struggles to pull on the PYJAMA himself.
                         
                                                                        CUT TO:
                         
          INSIDE HIS PYJAMA. It's dark. STEPHEN, helpless. His eyes
          are wide open, looking through the grain in the fabric at
          the OPEN FIRE, burning in the FIREPLACE.
                         
                                                   STEPHEN
                       JANE?
                         
          Silence. He waits...
                         
          The pin points of fire-light through the fabric, SLOWLY
          MORPH into STARS and a NIGHT SKY. This is what STEPHEN is
          visualizing. We see what he sees --
                         
                         
                         
                         
                                                                                   (CONTINUED)
                                                 THE THEORY of EVERYTHING   42
                         
                         CONTINUED:
                         
          The LIFE OF THE UNIVERSE IN REVERSE...STARS being pulled
          back together, toward a single POINT, a SINGULARITY. As the
          SINGULARITY takes SHAPE, a DARK CIRCLE FORMS AROUND IT,
          rimmed by a GLOWING CIRCULAR HORIZON.
                         
          FINALLY - A BLACK HOLE has FORMED. A POINT IN SPACE,
          GOBBLING STARS, ILLUMINATED ONLY AT ITS EDGES (EVENT
          HORIZON) BY AN AMBIENT GLOW - A RING of LIGHT.
                         
          The REVERIE ends as JANE eases the PYJAMA down over his
          head, returning STEPHEN back into the real world. He stares
          at his wife, AWESTRUCK.
                         
                                                JANE
                       Are you alright?
                         
                                                STEPHEN
                           (breathless, stunned)
                       I've got an idea. I've got an idea
                       Jane!
                         
                         
          INT. DAMTP, STAIRS/TUTORIAL ROOM    - DAY
                         
          SCIAMA runs, in great excitement, past KIP THORNE.
                         
                                                SCIAMA
                       Kip! He's done it, Kip! He's -
                         
                                                KIP THORNE
                       What is it?
                         
                                                SCIAMA
                       Stephen! He's changed everything!
                         
          SCIAMA runs on, informing a mopping JANITOR -
                         
                                                SCIAMA (CONT'D)
                                          (TO JANITOR)
                       Black Holes aren't black! And
                       they explode!
                                          (RUNNING OFF)
                       They explode!!...
                         
          REACTION: KIP THORNE, confusion.
                         
                         
          INT. LOBBY, RUTHERFORD LAB - DAY
                         
          STEPHEN is about to present his ideas to the conference. He
          is SURROUNDED by his PEERS.
                         
                                                 SCIAMA
                       All set?
                         
          STEPHEN nods - nervous.
                         
                         
                         
                                                                                (CONTINUED)
                                                    THE THEORY of EVERYTHING   43
                         
                         CONTINUED:
                         
                                                SCIAMA (CONT'D)
                       You'll do fine.
                         
          AT A DISTANCE - at a TEA TABLE - excluded, and looking
          EXHAUSTED after a LONG NIGHT - JANE sits near TWO CLEANERS IN
          WHITE, and overhears the female gossip about STEPHEN's
          condition.
                         
                                                CHAR 1
                       Look at him. It's awful, in't it?
                       He's falling apart at the seams.
                         
          JANE reacts, says nothing but bites her lips and frowns
          indignantly, as the CLEANERS walk away.
                         
          JANE then approaches STEPHEN, nervously. But when he looks up
          at her, his EYES are BLAZING WITH LIGHT and passion - this
          pulls her out of her SADNESS.
                         
                                                 JANE
                                          (LOVINGLY)
                       Good luck!
                         
          He SMILES back at her, as the ENTRY DOORS to the HALL open,
          and REVEAL a PACKED EXPECTANT ROOM. It's daunting!
                         
                                                SCIAMA
                       Ready or not.
                         
          SCIAMA PUSHES STEPHEN into the HALL, as -
                         
          - JANE hurries to gather STEPHEN's NOTES, his WATER-BOTTLE,
          his BLANKET and her HANDBAG, only just slipping through the
          CLOSING DOORS.
                         
                         
          INT. LECTURE HALL/RUTHERFORD LAB/CAMBRIDGE - DAY
                         
          Before his peers, STEPHEN finishes his address. SCIAMA sits
          with JOHN TAYLOR in the front row. JANE sits toward the BACK.
                         
                                                 STEPHEN
                                          (SLURRING SLIGHTLY)
                       ...allowing us to predict that
                       some particles can in fact escape a
                       black hole. Black holes aren't
                       black at all, but glow with heat
                       radiation.
                         
          Stony, sceptical faces greet this outrageous idea. As STEPHEN
          continues his speech, ANGLE ON SCIAMA and TAYLOR.
                         
                                                SCIAMA
                           (aside, to TAYLOR)
                       He's unifying Relativity--plus
                       Quantum Mechanics and
                       Thermodynamics. For the first time.
                         
                         
                                                                                   (CONTINUED)
                                                  THE THEORY of EVERYTHING   44
                         
                         CONTINUED:
                         
                                                JOHN TAYLOR
                           (shakes head, to SCIAMA)
                       Thermodynamics? Last used to
                       describe the steam engine.
                         
          During this exchange (O.S) STEPHEN has been saying:
                         
                                                STEPHEN
                       In other words--the steady emission
                       of heat energy causes black holes
                       to slowly lose mass, they
                       evaporate, eventually disappearing
                       in a spectacular explosion. So...
                         
                         
          INTERCUT THIS LECTURE SCENE (as necessary) with the FOLLOWING
                         SCENE:
                         
                         
          INT. PUB ON RIVER, CAMBRIDGE - NIGHT
                         
          BRIAN and REES, CARTER and ELLIS discuss STEPHEN's theory.
                         
                                                BRIAN
                       No,no! What he's saying is--just as
                       a hot body loses heat--right? -
                         
                                                REES
                       Second law of thermodynamics.
                         
                                                BRIAN
                       - that a black hole -
                         
          BRIAN dips a finger in the FROTH of REES's BEER and draws a
          CIRCLE on the TABLETOP.
                         
                                                   REES
                       - thanks -
                         
                                                BRIAN
                       - that if it is losing particles,
                       then, then over time -
                         
                         
          INT. LECTURE HALL/RUTHERFORD LAB/CAMBRIDGE - DAY
                         
                                                STEPHEN
                       - it must eventually disappear.
                         
          No applause at all as STEPHEN shuffles his notes. JANE looks
          nervous. SCIAMA also. The general reaction is guarded.
                         
                                                STEPHEN (CONT'D)
                       First a star vanishes into a black
                       hole, but then the black hole must
                       itself--vanish.
                                                   THE THEORY of EVERYTHING   45
                         
                         
                         
                         
          INT. PUB ON RIVER - CAMBRIDGE - NIGHT
                         
                                              BRIAN
                    Gone!   From nothing--into nothing.
                         
                                             REES
                    You owe me another beer.
                         
                                              CARTER
                    Me too.
                         
                                             BRIAN
                    He's just told us that -
                        (eating REES's CRISPS)
                    - Time! Had a beginning! He shown
                    us how -
                         
                                             ELLIS
                                       (GETTING IT)
                    - the universe was born and how it
                    will end.
                         
                                              REES
                    Bang.
                         
          BRIAN crushes the precious bag of crisps.
                         
                                             BRIAN
                    Crunch!
                                       (ENTRAPTURED)
                    It's beautiful! It's racy! It's
                    totally, totally -
                         
                                                                       SMASHCUT TO:
                         
                         
          INT. LECTURE HALL/RUTHERFORD LAB/CAMBRIDGE - DAY
                         
          CLOSE ON: The stoney faces of the ACADEMIC AUDIENCE, all
          silent and unconvinced.
                         
          STEPHEN on stage - looks at these blank faces.
                         
          JANE and SCIAMA appear as nervous as JOHN TAYLOR, who rises
          then to his feet...
                         
                                             JOHN TAYLOR
                    I'm afraid--this is complete
                    nonsense. It's preposterous.
                         
          TAYLOR drags a fellow colleague to his feet and WALKS OUT.
                         
                                             STEPHEN
                    Was it something I said?
                         
          SCIAMA rises to his feet, to defend STEPHEN -
                         
                         
                         
                                                                                  (CONTINUED)
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                         CONTINUED:
                         
                                                SCIAMA
                                      I-
                         
          But then a BIG VOICE booms out - and stops TAYLOR and co in
          their tracks.
                         
                                                KHALATNIKOV
                       STOP! Please.
                         
          KHALATNIKOV makes his way to the STAGE, stopping beside
          STEPHEN. He addresses the audience gravely...
                         
                                                KHALATNIKOV (CONT'D)
                       My name--is Professor Khalatnikov,
                       from Soviet Academy of Sciences. My
                       field is evolution of the hot
                       universe--the properties of
                       microwave background radiation, and
                       theory of the black holes. To be
                       honest, I came here today expecting
                       to hear a lot of nonsense. I go
                       home disappointed.
                           (pause, points)
                       The little one here, has done it.
                                          (HE SMILES)
                       He has done it!
                         
          Applause finally begins, small, then grows large.
                         
                                                KHALATNIKOV (CONT'D)
                       HE!- HAS DONE IT! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ya
                       Ya! He has done it! (Shakes
                       Stephen's hand.) He has done it!
                         
          REACTION JANE: Relief.
                         
          REACTION STEPHEN: the famous grin appearing, as -
                         
          STEPHEN is swamped by WELL-WISHERS. The AUDITORIUM empties on
          to the stage, where STEPHEN is SURROUNDED.
                         
          ANGLE ON: JANE, alone suddenly in the AUDITORIUM, trying to
          see STEPHEN, as he is borne out of the room on a tide of
          fame.
                         
                         
          EXT. CAMBRIDGE STREETS - NIGHT
                         
          STEPHEN is being pushed by BRIAN over the cobbled streets
          while REES, CARTER and ELLIS cavort around them. They are in
          a PARTY/CELEBRATORY MOOD, singing as they go. GREAT FUN.
                         
                                                                     CUT TO:
                         
          At the base of a large flight of STEPS, the YOUNG PHYSICISTS
          all RACE EACH OTHER up the STEPS and disappear. BRIAN is left
          alone with STEPHEN and the WHEELCHAIR.
                         
                         
                                                                                (CONTINUED)
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                         CONTINUED:
                         
                                                  BRIAN
                       BASTARDS!
                         
          BRIAN lifts STEPHEN out of his chair. He's heavy.
                         
                                                BRIAN (CONT'D)
                       Jeez!--uhhhh!--how the hell does
                       Jane manage?
                         
          He starts to carry STEPHEN up...up...up...
                         
                                                STEPHEN
                       Big legs! Big legs Brian!
                         
                                                BRIAN
                       So, tell me, this Motor Neuron
                       Disease, does it effect, y'know...
                         
                                                  STEPHEN
                       What?
                         
                                                BRIAN
                       Everything..?
                         
          BRIAN indicates 'down there'.
                         
                                                STEPHEN
                       Different system. Automatic.
                         
                                                BRIAN
                       That's kinda wonderful, actually.
                       And it explains a great deal about
                       men.
                         
          BRIAN and STEPHEN then disappears over the top of the STEPS.
          After a few beats BRIAN reappears and runs down the steps to
          reclaim the wheelchair. He picks it up and starts up the
          steps with it.
                         
                                                                        CUT TO:
                         
          STEPHEN, cradled in the giant arms of a seated MARBLE
          STATUE!!! (maybe Queen Victoria) - cradled like a baby,
          waiting for BRIAN to return.
                         
                         
          INT. UNIVERSITY BOOKSHOP - DAY
                         
          The SHELVES are being restocked. The latest issue of "NATURE"
          MAGAZINE is set on the stand by a STOCKIST. The COVER reads:
                         
                                              "HAWKING RADIATION"
                         
                         _____________________________________________________________
                                                  THE THEORY of EVERYTHING   48
                         
                         
                         
                         
          EXT. WEST ROAD FLAT, CAMBRIDGE - DAY
                         
          CLOSE ON: STEPHEN. Waiting in his WHEELCHAIR on the front
          LAWN. About 8 YEARS have passed since we last saw him. His
          physical deterioration is marked. His body is thinner and
          powerless. His legs are bent and his face is slightly
          asymmetric.
                         
          WIDE: Beside him is STACKED a mountain of FAMILY HOLIDAY
          LUGGAGE (umbrellas, beach balls, plastic cricket set, tent
          etc.)
                         
          In the Background, the NEW WEST ROAD FLAT - a LARGE VICTORIAN
          HOUSE. The sign in front reads "GONVILLE and CAIUS COLLEGE".
                         
          On the LAWN the children (ROBERT, now 9 - and LUCY, now 5)
          PLAY with BEACH TOYS, until -
                         
          - JANE (with a new haircut and fashion befitting the LATE
          1970's) yells -
                         
                                             JANE
                    Get in the car! Get! In! The Car!
                    Come on! Let's go see Gran and
                    Grandad!
                         
          The CHILDREN obey, and jump into the now OLD MINI parked at
          the kerb, as -
                         
          - JANE confronts the MOUNTAIN OF STUFF, including STEPHEN,
          that must somehow be stowed. No way.
                         
                         
                         
          LATER - back and forth JANE goes between LUGGAGE and MINI.
          STEPHEN can only watch her load the stuff into the car and
          onto the ROOF-RACK. Finally - REVEAL the LOADED MINI - it
          looks ridiculously burdened!
                         
          JANE takes a deep, exhausted, breath, then turns back for
          STEPHEN. He sits there in his wheelchair, looking at her...
                         
          ROBERT and JANE together, with GREAT DIFFICULTY, get STEPHEN
          into the front seat and shut the door. ROBERT struggles to
          COLLAPSE the WHEELCHAIR, until JANE comes and together they
          muscle it onto the ROOF-RACK.
                         
                         
          EXT. WELSH COTTAGE - WALES - DAY
                         
          FRANK & ISOBEL HAWKING's tumble-down WELSH COTTAGE high above
          on a STEEP HILLSIDE, only reached by an ENORMOUS FLIGHT of
          STEPS.
                         
          REACTION JANE: Exasperation!
                         
          ISOBEL descends to greet them, followed by FRANK.
                         
                         
                                                                                 (CONTINUED)
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                         CONTINUED:
                         
                                                ISOBEL
                       Isn't it marvellous? We can rent it
                       every year!
                         
                                                JANE
                       Yes. I see. But what about all the
                       steps, Frank?
                         
                                                FRANK HAWKING
                       Oh, it's nothing. The climb is
                       absolutely worth it. You get the
                       luggage.
                         
          FRANK backs STEPHEN (in his wheelchair) up the STEPS, one at
          a time, while ISOBEL runs up ahead with the CHILDREN, leaving
          JANE, alone, with ALL THE LUGGAGE.
                         
          REACTION, JANE: Speechless in defeat, she sighs deeply.
          Finally, she slowly starts to unload the MINI.
                         
                         
          EXT. PATIO - WELSH COTTAGE - DAY
                         
          TEA and CAKES al fresco. The CHILDREN play CHARADES. FRANK is
          feeding STPHEN, but his attention is on...ROBERT, whose turn
          it is...ROBERT acts being cold, that it's snowing...
                         
                                                FRANK HAWKING
                       Oh--Rain?--Falling?--Rain Falling
                       Down?--Shivering?--Uhhhrrrrr---
                         
                                                ISOBEL
                       Very cold...
                         
          STEPHEN suffers an horrendous CHOKING FIT, which cannot be
          staunched. STEPHEN's parents, and little ROBERT watch in
          horror, as JANE tries in vain to subdue it, banging his back
          roughly, loosening his tie.
                         
                                                JANE
                       He needs to see a doctor. This
                       keeps happening!
                         
                                                STEPHEN
                       No doctors!
                         
                                                FRANK HAWKING
                       Very well, no doctors.
                         
          JANE, stressed, looks ready to break-down, and turns away,
          hiding her frailty, a little angry also at the lack of
          support.
                                                THE THEORY of EVERYTHING   50
                         
                         
                         
                         
          EXT. COUNTRYSIDE - DAY
                         
          JANE walks slowly along path to the WOOD and sits down on a
          STONE. Head in hands. She WEEPS.
                         
                         
          INT. MINI - TRAVELLING - DAY
                         
          JANE is driving them home.
                         
                                             JANE
                    I need help.
                    I keep--I keep looking for a way--
                    to make this work--but I can't find
                    it.
                         
                                             STEPHEN
                        (forcefully, but with a
                                        SLURRED VOICE)
                    We're fine--we're just a normal
                    family.
                         
                                             JANE
                                       (UPSET)
                    WE'RE NOT A NORMAL FAMILY!!! We're
                    not a normal family.
                         
                                             STEPHEN
                        (turns to ROBERT)
                    Robert--your mother's very angry at
                    me.
                                       (SMILES)
                         
                                             JANE
                                       (TEARFUL)
                    Thanks.
                         
                         
          INT. MASTER BEDROOM - WEST ROAD FLAT/ CAMBRIDGE - DAY
                         
          A worried JANE cradles and sooths STEPHEN to sleep.
                         
                         
          INT. KITCHEN/HALLWAY/WEST ROAD FLAT/CAMBRIDGE - DAY
                         
          STEPHEN in his old wheelchair is pushed from the KITCHEN by
          JANE up to the doors to the LIVING ROOM. She has a surprise
          for him.
                         
                                              JANE
                    Ready?
                         
          The doors then burst open and it's ROBERT and LUCY aboard- AN
          ELECTRIC MOTORIZED WHEELCHAIR.
                         
                                             ROBERT
                    Surprise! Look Daddy Look!
                         
                         
                                                                               (CONTINUED)
                                                 THE THEORY of EVERYTHING   51
                         
                         CONTINUED:
                         
          STEPHEN stares as ROBERT makes the CHAIR turn by pulling and
          pushing a toggle.
                         
                                                JANE
                       It's an electric wheelchair.
                       We can take it back--if you don't
                       like it.
                         
          STEPHEN stares at it, unsure at first...
                         
                         
          INT. KITCHEN - WEST ROAD FLAT/CAMBRIDGE - NIGHT
                         
          While making dinner, JANE hears happy screams from the other
          end of the house. She goes through to discover --
                         
                         
          INT. LIVING ROOM/WEST ROAD FLAT/CAMBRIDGE - NIGHT
                         
          STEPHEN, in his motorized wheelchair, chasing ROBERT and LUCY
          from room to room at full speed! He looks extremely thrilled
          with the chair as he smashes into furniture.
                         
          JANE, at the table, trying to work on her THESIS, tries to
          smile. STEPHEN motors away, chasing the squealing children.
          JANE WINCES as she hears - the sound (O.S.) of a SMASHING
          VASE.
                         
                         
          EXT. TRINITY LANE FOOT-BRIDGE - DAY
                         
          STEPHEN happily MOTORS at speed over the FOOT-BRIDGE,
          grinning.
                         
                         
          INT. CORRIDOR, DAMTP, CAMBRIDGE UNI - DAY    (L70-M80'S)
                         
          STEPHEN is motoring along with SCIAMA. CAMBRIDGE DONS and
          STUDENTS step aside to make way.
                         
                                                SCIAMA
                       I don't get it. You've spent years
                       assuming Black Holes exist--you
                       believe Cygnus X-1 will turn out to
                       be the first black hole we can
                       actually observe==and yet you bet
                       Kip Thorne that it isn't a black
                       hole?
                         
                                                STEPHEN
                                          (SLURRING)
                       Yes, a magazine subscription.
                         
                                                SCIAMA
                       Why would you bet against yourself?
                                          (PAUSE)
                                                (MORE)
                         
                         
                                                                                (CONTINUED)
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                         CONTINUED:
                                                SCIAMA (CONT'D)
                       A subscription to what? Nature
                       magazine?
                         
                                                STEPHEN
                       Pent-house. That way even if I'm
                       wrong, I still win!
                         
          SCIAMA laughs heartily as -
                         
          - STEPHEN grins, at the same time SPYING - up ahead, TWO
          ATTRACTIVE UNDER-GRADUATE GIRLS about to enter the LIFT.
                         
          STEPHEN hits the GAS! - and SPEEDS toward the LIFT...
                         
                                                   SCIAMA
                       Penthouse?
                         
          STEPHEN SPEEDS toward the LIFT, whose DOORS ARE READY TO
          CLOSE.
                         
          SCIAMA winces in expectation of a horrible accident.
                         
          WIDE: it looks suicidal but the chair just flies through the
          GAP in the last split second before the DOORS CLOSE - the
          doors shaving the wheels, with a small spark.
                         
                         
          INT. LIFT, DAMTP, G&C COLLEGE - DAY
                         
          STEPHEN, in there with the TWO UNDERGRADUATE GIRLS, SMILES at
          them.
                         
                         
          INT. LIVING ROOM,WEST ROAD FLAT/CAMBRIDGE - DAY
                         
          JANE picks up pieces of a BROKEN POTTED PLANT, dirt spilled
          over the carpet, then violently VACUUMES as BERYL comes in
          with a tea-tray.
                         
                                                BERYL
                       Jane--Jane? Jane? Jane! STOP!
                         
          JANE keeps VACUUMING. BERYL pulls the PLUG on the VACUUM
          CLEANER. JANE stares at her Mum.
                         
                                                BERYL (CONT'D)
                       Sit down. Sit.
                         
          BERYL pours TEA for the exhausted JANE. JANE sits.
                         
                                                 BERYL (CONT'D)
                       Now--I'd like to make a suggestion--
                       it might sound unusual--but I've
                       seen it work wonders.
                       I think--you should consider -
                                          (BEAT)
                       - joining the church choir.
                         
                         
                                                                                  (CONTINUED)
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                         CONTINUED:
                         
          REACTION JANE: Momentarily SPEECHLESS -
                         
                                                JANE
                       Mum--I think that is possibly the
                       most English thing anyone has ever
                       said.
                         
                                                   BERYL
                       Maybe so.
                         
                                                JANE
                       I used to love singing.
                         
                                                BERYL
                       You're very good at it.
                         
                                                JANE
                       I don't know about that.
                         
                                                BERYL
                       Go. (pause) It's one hour a week.
                         
          They sip tea in silence.
                         
                         
          INT. CHURCH - EVENING (LATE 70'S-M80'S)
                         
          JANE walks in - and up the AISLE - as we hear CHORAL MUSIC.
                         
          JANE takes a pew, and then her eyes widen slightly as she
          recognizes the CHOIR MASTER. It's the BEARDED MAN from the
          supermarket car-park. She studies him, as he gently
          instructs and then conducts the CHOIR.
                         
                                                                       CUT TO:
                         
          After the rehearsal, the CHOIR file past JANE. JONATHAN
          recognizes her at once.
                         
                                                   JONATHAN
                       Oh, hello.
                         
                                                   JANE
                       Hello.
                         
                                                JONATHAN
                       Are you here to sing?
                         
                                                JANE
                       I um--I just came to--
                         
                                                JONATHAN
                       Soprano? Soprano.
                         
                                                   JANE
                       I wish.
                         
                         
                         
                                                                                  (CONTINUED)
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                         CONTINUED:
                         
                                                JONATHAN
                       Mezzo?
                         
                                                JANE
                                          (POINTING DOWNWARDS)
                       Alto.
                         
                                                JONATHAN
                       Well--Just what we need.
                           (to last departing
                                           CHORISTER)
                       'Bye, Kate.
                                          (TO JANE)
                       Where have you been hiding?
                         
                                                JANE
                       Good question.
                         
                                                JONATHAN
                       Well, you're here now. And just in
                       time.
                         
                                                JANE
                                          (SMILES)
                       Am I?
                         
                                                JONATHAN
                       Yes. So tell me.
                           (squints, thinking)
                       Chopin! Yes? Your repertoire.
                         
                                                JANE
                       I wouldn't call it a repertoire.
                       Brahms--I know a little-
                         
                                                JONATHAN
                       Brahms! Wonderful. Perfect. We -
                         
          JONATHAN gets an idea, he moves then stops...
                         
                                                JONATHAN (CONT'D)
                       Okay. Which...?
                         
                                                JANE
                       Well, I have sung--"Immer leiser."
                         
                                                JONATHAN
                       Ah! "My sleep grows evermore
                       peaceful." Come on. Follow me. Come
                       on. Let me hear you. Come on.
                         
          He sets off up to the front of the church. She turns,
          smiling, as he WAVES for her to follow him. She follows.
                                               THE THEORY of EVERYTHING   55
                         
                         
                         
                         
          INT. FRONT AREA, CHURCH - EVENING
                         
          At the front of the church she sees that he is already
          sitting at the piano. Without sheet music he begins to play
          "Immer leiser wird mein Schlummer"...
                         
                                             JONATHAN
                        (over the music)
                    Jonathan. Jonathan Hellyer Jones.
                         
          She gingerly approaches.
                         
                                             JANE
                    Jane. Jane Hawking.
                         
                                             JONATHAN
                    In C-sharp minor? The introduction,
                    so lovely. From the top?
                         
                                               JANE
                    Now?
                         
                                              JONATHAN
                    "Living on the edge."
                                       (SMILES)
                    Ready?
                                       (BEAT)
                    If you're not in the mood we could
                    absolutely forget -
                         
                                             JANE
                    No, no. No, no. Just let me
                    remember the lyrics. In English.
                         
                                               JONATHAN
                    Fabulous.
                         
                                               JANE
                    Okay.
                         
                                              JONATHAN
                    Okay?
                                       (BEAT)
                    Two, three...
                         
                                             JANE
                                       (SINGS)
                    My sleep grows ever quieter
                    only my grief, like a veil,
                    lies trembling over me.
                    I often hear you in my dreams
                    calling outside my door...(etc)
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          EXT. CHURCH - NIGHT
                         
          JANE and JONATHAN emerge from the church - JONATHAN locks the
          doors.
                         
                                             JONATHAN
                    Actually, no, I go for the Gospel
                    of St. Mark.
                         
                                             JANE
                    None of that wishy-washy do-gooder
                    stuff--Matthew, Luke.
                         
                                             JONATHAN
                    Exactly. With Mark you roll up your
                    sleeves and get stuck in. No
                    standing on the sidelines.
                         
          They shake hands. JANE stares into his face - realizing she
          has found a friend.
                         
                                             JANE
                    Well I should be going.
                         
                                             JONATHAN
                    Well met. Oh, and if your daughter
                    would like those piano lessons.
                         
                                             JANE
                    Absolutely. My husband loves music
                    too.
                         
                                             JONATHAN
                    I could teach him as well.
                         
                                             JANE
                    Well, that's a long story. 'Night.
                         
                         
          EXT. WEST ROAD FLAT, CAMBRIDGE - DAY
                         
          STEPHEN motors down the street, fast, and swings up the
          ramp in front of the door. He BANGS into the front door.
                         
          Then waits. He hears PIANO music - a lesson in progress.
                         
                         
          INT. LIVING ROOM/WEST ROAD FLAT/CAMBRIDGE - DAY
                         
          As STEPHEN and JANE watch - JONATHAN gives ROBERT (11) a
          piano lesson.
                         
          JANE smiles at STEPHEN, who remains cautious.
                                                 THE THEORY of EVERYTHING   57
                         
                         
                         
                         
          INT. LIVING ROOM/WEST ROAD FLAT/CAMBRIDGE - NIGHT
                         
          JONATHAN is eating dinner with JANE and STEPHEN. JANE feeds
          STEPHEN a forkful of food. STEPHEN chews slowly.
                         
          STEPHEN sneaks glances at JONATHAN.
                         
          JONATHAN shoots a SMILE at JANE. She smiles back in return.
          STEPHEN catches sight of both these smiles, and sees the
          GROWING INTIMACY.
                         
                                              JANE
                    Water.
                         
          She exits. JONATHAN smiles at STEPHEN who is staring back at
          him.
                         
                                             JONATHAN
                                       (TO STEPHEN)
                    So - Stephen. Er - Jane tells
                    me...
                         
          JONATHAN picks up STEPHEN's fork, spears a cube of steak.
                         
                                             JONATHAN (CONT'D)
                    ...you have a beautiful theorem
                    that proves that...
                         
          JONATHAN offers up the steak, but STEPHEN's glare makes him
          aware this isn't welcome. He lowers the fork again.
                         
                                              JONATHAN (CONT'D)
                    ...that--that the universe had a
                    beginning?
                         
          JANE returns with the a JUG OF WATER and GLASSES on a TRAY.
                         
                                             STEPHEN
                        (testily, his slurring
                         not easily understood)
                    That was my - PhD thesis.
                         
          JONATHAN looks to JANE for a translation.
                         
                                              JONATHAN
                    Your...?
                         
                                             JANE
                    PhD thesis.
                         
                                             STEPHEN
                    My new project - disproves it.
                         
                                             JONATHAN
                    Disproves it? Really?
                        (as JANE nods)
                                             (MORE)
                         
                         
                                                                                (CONTINUED)
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                         CONTINUED:
                                                JONATHAN (CONT'D)
                       You no longer believe in the
                       Creation?
                         
                                                STEPHEN
                       What one believes -
                       - is irrelevant--in physics.
                         
                                      JANE                             JONATHAN
          ...is irrelevant                   ...is irrelevant
                         
                                                JANE
                       ...in physics.
                         
          JONATHAN looks to JANE, hoping he has not caused offence.
                         
                                                JONATHAN
                       Oh, is that so?
                         
                                                JANE
                                          (ANNOYANCE SHOWING)
                       Stephen's done a U-turn. The big
                       new idea is that the universe has
                       no boundaries at all. No
                       boundaries, no beginning. No
                                      BEGINNING -
                         
                                                JONATHAN
                       - no God? Really?
                                          (TO STEPHEN)
                       Fascinating. Because I'd
                       understood you'd proven the need
                       for a Creator. My mistake.
                         
                                                  STEPHEN
                       No. Mine.
                         
                                                JONATHAN
                                          (UNDERSTANDING THIS)
                       Yours. Your mistake?
                         
          JONATHAN is surprised by this sharp reply. (He also sees
          that this matter is a CAUSE OF DIVISION between JANE and
          STEPHEN.)
                         
                                                JANE
                       Stephen is looking for a single
                       law that governs all the forces
                       in the universe. So God must die.
                         
                                                JONATHAN
                       Why must God die? I don't see.
                         
          STEPHEN doesn't react, so JANE spears a PEA on her FORK,
          then picks up a SECOND FORK and spears a LARGE BOILED
          POTATO with the other.
                         
                         
                         
                         
                                                                                  (CONTINUED)
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                         CONTINUED: (2)
                         
                                             JANE
                    The two great pillars of physics
                                   ARE -
                                       (THE PEA)
                    - Quantum Theory, the laws that
                    govern the very small--electrons,
                    particles so on--and General
                    Relativity...
                         
                                             JONATHAN
                    Oh, yes - Einstein.
                         
                                             JANE
                    ...Einstein's theory.
                                       (THE POTATO)
                    Which governs the very large,
                    planets and such--but Quantum -
                        (raises the PEA)
                                   AND -
                        (raises the POTATO)
                    Relativity...
                         
                                             JONATHAN
                    They're--different?
                         
                                             JANE
                    They don't remotely play by the
                    same rules. Peas are chaotic, and
                    don't behave predictably at all -
                         
          With her 'pea' fork she stirs some more peas on her plate -
          creates 'chaos'.
                         
                                             JONATHAN
                                   UNLIKE--POTATOES -
                         
                                             JANE
                    Which you can set your watch by.
                         
                                              STEPHEN
                                       (SMILING)
                    Very good.
                         
          Even STEPHEN has begun to begrudgingly enjoy this, even as
          he starts COUGHING.
                         
          JANE gets up and goes to pat STEPHEN's back over the
                         FOLLOWING:
                         
                                              JANE
                    If the world were all potatoes,
                    easy--you could trace a precise
                    beginning, as Stephen once did, a
                    moment of Creation. Hallelujah,
                    God lives.
                                              (MORE)
                         
                         
                         
                                                                              (CONTINUED)
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                         CONTINUED: (3)
                                             JANE (CONT'D)
                    But if you want to incorporate
                    peas into the menu, which Stephen
                    now wants to do, then it all goes
                                   -
                         
                                               STEPHEN
                    Tits up.
                         
          JONATHAN looks to JANE for translation again -
                         
                                             JANE
                    Tits up. Haywire. Becomes a
                    Godless mess.
                         
                                               JONATHAN
                    Oh, dear.
                         
                                             JANE
                    Einstein hated peas, Quantum
                    Theory. "God doesn't play dice
                    with the universe", he said.
                         
                                             STEPHEN
                    Seems he not only plays dice -
                         
                                             JANE
                    Seems he not only plays dice -
                         
                                              STEPHEN
                    - he throws them - where we can't
                    find them.
                                       (SMILES)
                         
                                             JANE
                    - he throws them -
                         
                                             JONATHAN
                    - where we can't find them. How
                    inconvenient!
                         
                                             JANE
                    Stephen's swapped his telescope
                        (un-spears the spud)
                    - for a microscope.
                        (eats the pea)
                    Order for chaos--hoping to find a
                    law to cover both.
                         
          JONATHAN, impressed, looks at STEPHEN.
                         
                                             JONATHAN
                    Looking for "the world in a grain
                    of sand."
                         
                                             JANE
                    God is back on the endangered
                    species list.
                         
                         
                                                                             (CONTINUED)
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                         CONTINUED: (4)
                         
                                             JONATHAN
                    I expect he'll cope.
                         
                                             STEPHEN
                    But physics--is back in business.
                         
                                             JANE
                    Physics is back in business.
                    Stephen thinks it a fair
                    exchange.
                         
                                             STEPHEN
                                       (TO JANE)
                    It's the final--challenge. We'll
                    know everything.
                         
                                             JONATHAN
                    The final challenge?
                         
                                              JANE
                        (to JONATHAN, ignoring
                                        STEPHEN)
                    More wine?
                         
          JONATHAN declines, troubled by the tension between the
          couple.
                         
                                             JONATHAN
                    No, thank you.
                         
                                             JANE
                                       (RESIGNED)
                    We'll know everything.
                         
                         
          EXT. GARDEN/WEST ROAD FLAT/CAMBRIDGE - NIGHT
                         
          Under a STARRY sky - JONATHAN helps STEPHEN sip his coffee.
          STEPHEN accepts this now.
                         
                                             JONATHAN
                    It was leukaemia. Coming up on a
                    year ago. She fought it, I nursed
                    her, but in the end... Music is my
                    salvation. Teaching and playing.
                    I've struggled with loneliness, of
                    course. Tyranny of the empty room,
                    all that. Music is a consolation,
                    although my career... Well, I'm not
                    very ambitious.
                                       (SMILES)
                    Is that a sin?
                         
                                             STEPHEN
                    Wrong guy to ask.
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          INT. HALLWAY, WEST ROAD FLAT, CAMBRIDGE - NIGHT
                         
          JONATHAN puts on his JACKET to go - JANE and STEPHEN see him
          off.
                         
                                              JANE
                     Thank you for coming.
                         
                                              JONATHAN
                     No. Thank you. It was wonderful.
                         (starts to go, then stops)
                     And if--if there was anything I can
                     do. To be of service. To you, your
                     family. I have no children, no
                     commitments. If I could help you, I
                     believe I would find a purpose that
                     would alleviate my own situation.
                     It would be a privilege.
                         
          STEPHEN looks to JANE for her reaction. JANE senses
          EMOTIONAL DANGER and, frightened, merely smiles.
                         
                                              JONATHAN (CONT'D)
                     Night then.
                         
          He exits. JANE shuts the door.
                         
                         
          INT. MASTER BED./WEST ROAD FLAT/CAMBRIDGE - NIGHT
                         
          JANE puts PILLOWS behind STEPHEN, who now sleeps almost
          upright in bed. She then takes off her BATHROBE and gets
          into bed herself.
                         
                                              STEPHEN
                     I understand you need more help.
                     And if there is - someone - who
                     is prepared to offer it - I won't
                     object, as long - as long as you
                     continue to love me.
                         
                                              JANE
                     Of course. For infinity.
                         
          Beside him in bed, she kisses his cheek and then lays her
          head on his frail chest.
                         
          MUSIC UP: BACH PRELUDE, as played by JONATHAN on PIANO, over -
                         
                         
                         MONTAGE:
                         
          A)   (MOVED TO: POSITION "G" in MONTAGE)
                         
          A1) The CAM RIVER. A PUNT on a SUNNY DAY drifts under the
          BRIDGE OF SIGHS - in the front of the PUNT, JANE cradles
          STEPHEN and ROBERT and LUCY. JANE smiles at -
                         
                         
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                         CONTINUED:
                         
          - JONATHAN, who is POLING them. He smiles back at her.
                         
          B) HAWKING FRONT ROOM. JONATHAN plays the BACH PRELUDE
          divinely on JANE's PIANO, as - JANE, BESIDE HIM on the piano
          stool, turns the pages. STEPHEN watches without jealousy and
          with enjoyment.
                         
          C) HAWKING BATHROOM. JONATHAN takes STEPHEN to the TOILET.
                         
          D) When JONATHAN and JANE pass each other in the KITCHEN,
          and JONATHAN quite naturally takes her hand. JANE,
          surprised, looks at him. He SMILES at her. Their FIRST
          TOUCH!
                         
          We can see that the temptation to act further on their
          feelings is now HUGE for both of them, but they do nothing.
          JANE forces herself to break away, hurries into the next
          room to be with STEPHEN, the kids and a train set. JONATHAN
          is left to deal with his feelings. He sighs, sublimates
          them, then returns to his domestics.
                         
          E) BRANCASTER BEACH. SUPER-8 FOOTAGE of their day at the
          beach...
                         
          STEPHEN's wheelchair sits on the sand at the water's edge,
          his trousers rolled up, water lapping his naked feet. STEPHEN
          helplessly watches from his wheelchair as JONATHAN engages in
          some playful rough and tumble with ROBERT and LUCY, kicking a
          FOOTBALL back and forth. JANE watches on.
                         
          JONATHAN cradles STEPHEN as they sit there and look out to
          sea, both men carefree and happy, STEPHEN accepting of
          JONATHAN's care now. They appear as FRIENDS now.
                         
                         
          INT. CHURCH - NIGHT
                         
          The CHOIR sings a beautiful CAROL. The CAMERA finds JANE -
          singing nervously - the only SINGER NOT LOOKING at JONATHAN -
          her eyes are glued on her hymn sheet. In DENIAL.
                         
                                                                      CUT TO:
                         
          After the Rehearsal, the CHOIR leaves. JANE and JONATHAN
          clear up the hymn sheets. She passes her pile to him. He puts
          his hand on hers. She withdraws her hand.
                         
                                                JANE
                       I have to tell you something.
                         
                                                JONATHAN
                       Is anything the matter?
                         
          She looks at him for the first time that evening -
                         
                                                JANE
                       I'm um--I'm pregnant.
                         
                         
                                                                                 (CONTINUED)
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                         CONTINUED:
                         
                                                JONATHAN
                       Oh.
                                          (WOUNDED)
                       I see. I presumed--stupid really--
                       that you and Stephen...
                                          (COURAGEOUSLY)
                       Well, then...
                                          (AWKWARDLY)
                       Congratulations are in order.
                         
                                                JANE
                       Does it make a difference?
                         
                                                JONATHAN
                                          (NOBLY)
                       Of course not.
                         
          He takes her by the arm, and leads her out of the church.
                         
                         
          EXT. GARDEN - WEST ROAD FLAT - CAMBRIDGE - DAY
                         
          Everyone is gathered for the CHRISTENING PARTY - STEPHEN,
          JANE, their PARENTS, ROBERT, LUCY. BRIAN takes PHOTOS of
          EVERYONE.
                         
          JANE places the new BABY (TIMOTHY) into STEPHEN's LAP (and
          carefully holds TIM there as STEPHEN can no longer hold a
          baby) as -
                         
          - JONATHAN takes a PHOTO of the MOMENT.
                         
          ANGLE ON: FRANK HAWKING, scowling at JONATHAN.
                         
                         
          EXT. GARDEN - WEST ROAD FLAT - CAMBRIDGE - DAY
                         
          LATER. As the party continues, FRANK sits with STEPHEN. FRANK
          glances at JONATHAN, who brings drinks for the ladies. He
          turns to his son.
                         
                                                FRANK HAWKING
                       I've always supported you in your
                       choice not to have home help, but
                       now, you need a permanent solution.
                       This--this current 'situation'
                       can't go on. You need a proper live-
                       in nurse immediately.
                         
                                                STEPHEN
                       We have help.
                         
                                                FRANK HAWKING
                       You know what I'm talking about.
                         
          STEPHEN glances at JONATHAN.
                         
                         
                         
                                                                                (CONTINUED)
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                         CONTINUED:
                         
                                                STEPHEN
                                          (SLURRED SPEECH)
                       Can't afford--live-in nurse.
                         
                                                FRANK HAWKING
                       You can't afford to--
                                          (STOPS HIMSELF)
                       There must be a way. You need to
                       find a way. For your family's sake.
                       You're world famous -
                         
                                                STEPHEN
                       For black holes--not rock concerts.
                         
                                                FRANK HAWKING
                       I believe it's urgent.
                         
                         
          INT. KITCHEN/WEST ROAD FLAT/CAMBRIDGE - DAY
                         
          ISOBEL HAWKING follows JANE into the kitchen.
                         
                                                ISOBEL
                       You know very well what I'm talking
                       about.
                         
                                                JANE
                       No. I don't.
                         
                                                ISOBEL
                       We do have a right to know. We
                       have a right to know, Jane.
                         
                                                JANE
                       Know what?!
                         
                                                ISOBEL
                       Whose child Timothy is. Stephen's,
                       or Jonathan's?
                         
          JANE, turning, wheeling on ISOBEL, shocked.
                         
                                                JANE
                       That's what you think of me?
                         
          ANGLE ON JONATHAN, appearing at the door, unseen by the
          WOMEN. He overhears the following.
                         
                                                JANE (CONT'D)
                       There is no way that Timothy could
                       have any other father than Stephen.
                       None. And for the record--I will
                       never leave Stephen.
                         
          JANE turns - sees that JONATHAN is standing in the DOORWAY.
          JONATHAN exits...
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          EXT. WEST ROAD FLAT - CAMBRIDGE - DAY
                         
          JANE chases JONATHAN - stops him.
                         
                                             JONATHAN
                    I need to go. I can't...
                         
                                             JANE
                    Please don't go.
                         
                                             JONATHAN
                    Everyone's talking. It's -
                         
                                             JANE
                    So. What does it matter?
                         
                                              JONATHAN
                    Well, there are other things too. I
                    - I - just -
                                       (BEAT)
                    I have feelings for you.
                         
                                             JANE
                    I have feelings for you, too.
                         
                                    JONATHAN                           JANE
          It's - it's difficult for me!    I know, I know.
                         
                                    JONATHAN                           JANE
          You have no -                    It's so wonderful, for me,
                                           for the children.
                         
                                    JONATHAN                           JANE
          I have to go. I don't think I    Please, please -
                         CAN -
                         
                                             JONATHAN
                    Perhaps the right thing is for me
                    to just--step back.
                         
          He walks off.
                         
          REACTION JANE: Distressed.
                         
          ANGLE ON: STEPHEN, at the WINDOW, watching this - CONCERNED.
                         
                         
          INT. LIVING ROOM/WEST ROAD FLAT/CAMBRIDGE - DAY
                         
          JANE does her daily NURSE chores, among these applying hand
          lotion quickly to STEPHEN's hands - she does this
          ROUTINELY. (This will contrast, later, with how Elaine
          applies the hand lotion.)
                         
                                             STEPHEN
                    I've just been invited -
                         
                         
                         
                                                                                  (CONTINUED)
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                         CONTINUED:
                         
                                                JANE
                       Invited? Where?
                         
                                                  STEPHEN
                       Geneva.
                         
                                                  JANE
                       Geneva?
                         
                                                STEPHEN
                       Students can accompany me.
                         
                                                JANE
                       What students?
                         
                                                STEPHEN
                       I know how much you hate -
                         
                                                JANE
                       You know how much I hate -
                         
                                                  STEPHEN
                       - to fly.
                         
          JANE nods, sensing they are at a crossroads. She looks
          away, on the verge of tears.
                         
                                                JANE
                       To fly. Yes.
                         
                                                 STEPHEN
                       I was thinking - that you and the
                                      CHILDREN -
                         
                                                JANE
                       - Me and the children--go on?
                         
                                                STEPHEN
                       could bring the car -
                         
                                                JANE
                       - bring the car -
                         
                                                STEPHEN
                       - meet me in Bayreuth -
                         
                                                JANE
                       Bayreuth? How can I manage that? On
                       my own?
                         
                                                STEPHEN
                       Bring Jonathan.
                         
          JANE looks up at him. Her thoughts racing.
                         
                         
                         
                         
                                                                                 (CONTINUED)
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                         CONTINUED: (2)
                         
          BOTH understand the significance of this. She looks into his
          eyes to establish if he is sure. The look he gives her
          confirms this.
                         
                                             JANE
                    I doubt he would be willing.
                         
                         
          INT. CHURCH - NIGHT
                         
          STEPHEN motors up the CHURCH AISLE with TWO BOTTLES OF BEER
          in a PAPER BAG at his side going "CLINK,CLINK,CLINK".
                         
          JONATHAN clearing up after a CHOIR PRACTICE turns - stares at
          STEPHEN.
                         
                                                                      CUT TO:
                         
          FRONT ROW of the PEWS. JONATHAN and STEPHEN, side-by-side,
          stare at the ALTAR. JONATHAN spots the BEER BOTTLES in
          STEPHEN's LAP.
                         
                                             STEPHEN
                    Is--this okay?
                         
                                             JONATHAN
                    Well--I won't tell if you don't.
                         
          JONATHAN opens the TWO BEER BOTTLES, tucks his handkerchief
          under STEPHEN's chin, and then tips the beer into STEPHEN's
          mouth.
                         
                                             JONATHON
                    Not too much--bearing in mind you
                    have to drive.
                         
          STEPHEN grins.
                         
          The two men stare at the ALTAR, aware of the significance of
          this moment. STEPHEN sneaks a glance at JONATHAN. And then -
                         
                                             STEPHEN
                    Jane--needs--help.
                         
          JONATHAN sighs deeply.
                         
                         
          EXT. WEST ROAD FLAT, CAMBRIDGE - DAY
                         
          A YOUNG MALE STUDENT CARER, loads the last of STEPHEN's
          LUGGAGE into a TAXI. STEPHEN is already in the back of the
          TAXI with SARAH, a carer. JANE supervises, worried.
                         
                                             JANE
                    And please please remember, 5
                    milligrams of Riluzole before and
                    after the flight.
                         
                         
                                                                                 (CONTINUED)
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                         CONTINUED:
                         
          She then goes to STEPHEN's open window.
                         
                                                STEPHEN
                                          (JAUNTY)
                       See you - in Bayreuth.
                         
                                                JANE
                       Travel safely.
                         
          She kisses his cheek. The MALE STUDENT and SARAH get in the
          cab, which DRIVES OFF. JANE smiles and waves till the cab has
          gone. She slowly turns and re-enters her home.
                         
                         
          EXT. BACK GARDEN - WEST ROAD FLAT - DAY
                         
          JANE, the two youngest CHILDREN and JONATHAN play hide-and-
          seek in the college garden.
                         
                                                JANE
                       Forty-nine...Fifty. Coming
                       ready or not!
                         
          JANE searches for the CHILDREN...she instead sees - through
          the undergrowth - MEN's SHOES!
                         
          She rises. It's JONATHAN standing there. They look into each
          other's eyes. What will they do now?
                         
                         
          EXT. FRENCH HIGHWAY - DAY
                         
          JONATHAN drives, ROBERT is in the PASSENGER SEAT. JANE is
          in the BACK SEAT with LUCY - (TIMOTHY is absent). JANE and
          JONATHAN make eye-contact via the rear-view mirror.
                         
                         
          INT. THEATRE, BAYREUTH - DAY
                         
          Before the show starts, STEPHEN in his WHEELCHAIR in the
          AISLE, happy, as we hear the ORCHESTRA tuning. He is flanked
          by SARAH and the MALE STUDENT.
                         
                         
          EXT. GERMAN CAMP SITE - DAY
                         
          They erect TWO TENTS. Jane and the kids one, Jonathan the
          other.
                         
                         
          EXT. GERMAN CAMP SITE - NIGHT
                         
          LATER - JANE creeps out of the tent in which LUCY and TIM are
          sleeping. There is a third sleeping bag in there - her own.
                         
          JANE then goes to the adjoining tent - JONATHAN's.
                         
                         
                         
                                                                                (CONTINUED)
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                         CONTINUED:
                         
          JANE PAUSES for a moment, bites her lip, breathless, unable
          to make herself enter the TENT.
                         
          Just then, JONATHAN unzips his tent and emerges.
                         
          They LOCK EYES on each other - an incredibly charged
          attraction between them. He reaches for her HAND. She is
          shaking. TOGETHER they go into JONATHAN's tent. END ON: the
          zip being closed again.
                         
                         
          INT. THEATRE, BAYREUTH - NIGHT
                         
          STEPHEN coughs a few times as he listens to the PRELUDE of
          the RING CYCLE.
                         
          HIS POV of: The DARKENED STAGE, a black void, but for a
          BURNING RING at its centre.
                         
          STEPHEN begins to cough a little harder, then a little
          harder. The CARER, SARAH, at his side, finally takes note and
          holds a WHITE HANDKERCHIEF up to his MOUTH.
                         
          He SUDDENLY COUGHS BLOOD!
                         
                         
          INT. THEATRE, BAYREUTH - LATER
                         
          STEPHEN's POV of the THEATRE CEILING as he is stretchered out
          of there.
                         
                         
          EXT. PHONEBOX - GERMAN CAMPSITE -   MORNING
                         
          JANE stands in a phonebox, then slams down the PHONE and
          rushes back to the CAMPSITE in panic.
                         
                         
          EXT. AUTOBAHN - NIGHT
                         
          The VOLVO drives through the night. Takes an exit marked
          "GENEVA".
                         
                         
          INT. INTENSIVE CARE UNIT/GENEVA HOSPITAL - DAY
                         
          STEPHEN lies quiet and still, his eyes closed. JANE looks
          down on him. She has GUILTY tears in her eyes.
                         
          The SWISS DOCTOR enters, speaks with JANE...Tout en
          Francais...with ENGLISH SUBTLTLES.
                         
                                                SWISS DOCTOR
                                          (IN FRENCH)
                       He has pneumonia. He is on a life-
                       support machine. I am not certain
                       how long he will live.
                                                (MORE)
                         
                                                                                (CONTINUED)
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                         CONTINUED:
                                 SWISS DOCTOR (CONT'D)
                       I need to know whether my staff
                       should disconnect the ventilator?
                         
          JANE switches to ENGLISH -
                         
                                                JANE
                                          (IN ENGLISH)
                       What are you talking about?
                         
                                                SWISS DOCTOR
                                          (IN ENGLISH)
                       If we try to bring him round from
                       the anaesthetic it is not sure he
                       will survive resuscitation.
                         
                                                JANE
                       Stephen must live! You have to
                       bring him round from the
                       anaesthetic!
                         
                                                SWISS DOCTOR
                       Are you sure this is what you
                       want? The only way of weaning him
                       off the ventilator would be to
                       give him a tracheotomy, a hole in
                       the neck, by-passing the throat.
                       He will never speak again.
                         
          JANE stares at him - deeply upset but finally manages to
                         SAY -
                         
                                                JANE
                       There's no question. Stephen must
                       live. I will see he gets everything
                       he needs. I will have him
                       transferred back to Cambridge.
                         
                                                SWISS DOCTOR
                       He may not survive the journey.
                         
          JANE looks pale and weaker than we have ever seen her.
                         
                         
          EXT. AIRPORT, GENEVA - DAY
                         
          On the tarmac, the two HAWKING children are led toward a BA
          FLIGHT (in the far distance) by an AIR-HOSTESS.
                         
          Meanwhile, A small AIR-RESCUE PLANE nearby awaits JANE and
          STEPHEN. STEPHEN is just then being loaded on board.
                         
          JANE turns and faces JONATHAN. A private moment. Her LOOK
          OF SADNESS speaks volumes. He NODS - he KNOWS.
                         
                                                JONATHAN
                       I'll step back.
                         
                         
                         
                                                                                (CONTINUED)
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                         CONTINUED:
                         
          She NODS, SADLY. Her eyes start to well up. His too. It's a
          break-up. Turning to look back to the plane...
                         
                                                JANE
                       Drive--safely, yes? Did you get
                       everything in the car? His chair,
                       equipment...
                         
          JONATHAN nods.
                         
          She KISSES   him on the cheek and he presses his cheek against
          hers. They   both hold onto each other for a moment, knowing
          it's their   final embrace, and then she hurries, tearfully,
          toward the   WAITING PLANE, leaving him standing there.
                         
                         
          INT. OBSERVATION ROOM/SURGICAL THEATRE/ADDENBROOKES - DAY
                         
          JANE, is gowned for theatre. With an ENGLISH DOCTOR she
          watches the OP through a window.
                         
                                                ENGLISH DOCTOR
                       It'll take a miracle.
                         
          ANGLE ON: JANE's POV - of the surgeon picking up a MARKER-
          PEN...
                         
                         
          INT. SURGICAL THEATRE/ADDENBROOKES HOSP. - DAY
                         
          ...A SURGEON prepares to perform a TRACHEOTOMY on STEPHEN -
          marking the spot on his neck with the MARKER PEN, and then
          picks up the SCALPEL...about to make the INCISION...
                         
                         
          INT. OBSERVATION ROOM/ADDENBROOKES - DAY
                         
          REACTION JANE: as - she WINCES, then GASPS in horror.
                         
                         
          INT. RECOVERY ROOM - ADDENBROOKES HOSPITAL - DAY
                         
          STEPHEN opens his eyes, looks around him. He is alone. He
          opens his mouth to speak. We hear only a slow exhale of
          air, through the off-screen tracheotomy hole. He PANICS,
          and has to be soothed by a NURSE.
                         
                         
          INT. RECOVERY ROOM, ADDENBROOKES HOSPITAL - DAY
                         
          LATER. STEPHEN is turned on his side, his back to camera.
          JANE enters. APPROACHES.
                         
          ANGLE ON: Her POV of STEPHEN as she approaches, revealing
          the side of his face, and then finally, his neck with the
          TRACHEOTOMY HOLE.
                         
                         
                         
                                                                                  (CONTINUED)
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                         CONTINUED:
                         
          She can't help it. Her hand JUMPS UP to cover her mouth as
          she gasps.
                         
                         
          INT. DAY-ROOM - ADDENBROOKES HOSPITAL - DAY
                         
          Recuperating in his chair in the sun, staring out of the
          window at - a BIRD PERCHED which alights a branch.
                         
          STEPHEN has never looked more depressed. Or alone. There is a
          plastic FLANGE over the TRACHEOTOMY HOLE.
                         
          ANGLE ON the FINGERS of his right hand, resting on the arm
          of the wheelchair. These, at least, can still move.
                         
                                  JANE (O.S.)
                       Stephen?
                         
          JANE moves into STEPHEN's limited POV - holding a CLEAR
          PLASTIC SCREEN - an E-TRAN "SPELLING" BOARD, on which 6
          groups of characters are arranged.
                         
                                                JANE (CONT'D)
                       This is a Spelling Board. First,
                       you tell me what letter you want by
                       blinking when I say the colour of
                       the group that contains that
                       letter. Once I know the group, you
                       can choose the character inside
                       that group by blinking again when I
                       go through the colours of each
                       letter in that group. Apparently.
                       Okay? Let's just try.
                         
          STEPHEN says nothing.
                         
                                                 JANE (CONT'D)
                       So...Green, Yellow, Blue, White,
                       Black, Red.
                                           (SILENCE)
                       Blink to choose the group that
                       contains the letter you want?
                       Green? Yellow? Blue? White? Black?
                       Red?
                         
          As JANE's eyes fill with TEARS...STEPHEN just keeps looking
          at her...then TRIES TO SPEAK. His mouth moves...but nothing -
          nothing ever again! - will ever come out!
                         
          It's a heart-breaking moment-- for both of them--and when
          TEARS appear in his eyes, she can't stop her own TEARS from
          falling.
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          INT. LIVING ROOM/WEST ROAD FLAT/CAMBRIDGE - DAY
                         
          STEPHEN gloomily reads a newspaper with the help of a READING
          FRAME, when -
                         
          JANE enters.
                         
                                             JANE
                    She's here. Okay. Promise not to
                    eat her alive...
                         
          Enter: ELAINE MASON. She is attractive.
                         
          Exit: JANE, touching ELAINE supportively on the shoulder.
                         
                                             ELAINE
                    So then - Professor. How are you?
                    My name is Elaine. I'm going to be
                    your nurse, would you like that?
                    No? Well- we'll work it out.
                         
          He stares at her, as -
                         
          - ELAINE goes and gets a CHAIR, taking an interest in her,
                         UNTIL -
                         
          - ELAINE turns and catches him look at her.
                         
          Swiftly, STEPHEN turns his eyes back to the NEWSPAPER. ELAINE
          looks at him a moment longer, surprises to see that STEPHEN
          is not unlike any other man in this regard. A faint smile
          appears. She sits in front of him.
                         
                                                ELAINE (CONT'D)
                    So then...
                         
                         
          INT. LIVING ROOM/WEST ROAD FLAT/CAMBRIDGE - DAY
                         
          ELAINE holds the E-TRAN BOARD and writes down a letter, then
          looks up at STEPHEN - sees through the clear perspex
          immediately what group he is looking at. She doesn't have to
          call out the colours - knows them. (See her POV of him
          through the board so we establish the eye-line principle.)
          She is BRILLIANT at this.
                         
          STEPHEN's eyes FLICK from GROUP to GROUP, no BLINKING going
          on.
                         
                                             ELAINE
                                       (RAPIDLY)
                    Red group--Yellow letter. T. Green
                    group--Black letter. E. Green--
                    Green. A....T.E.A. Tea.
                                       (SMILES)
                    You're good. You want tea. What
                    type of tea?
                         
                         
                                                                                   (CONTINUED)
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                         CONTINUED:
                         
          They look at each other. And then she has an IDEA. She PUTS
          DOWN THE BOARD. They look at each other...
                         
                                                 ELAINE (CONT'D)
                       You've memorised the board. Of
                       course you have. What kind of tea?
                       Blink when I say the group that has
                       the letter you want. Green, Yellow,
                       Blue, White, Black, Red...
                                          (BEAT)
                       I haven't got all day. Green-
                                          (HE BLINKS)
                       Green group. And the letter in that
                       group? You know their colours, I
                       know you do. Green, Yellow -
                         
          He BLINKS. She has MEMORISED the BOARD too -
                         
                                                ELAINE (CONT'D)
                       Yellow? Green,yellow--that's B.
                         
          A breakthrough. They are both EXPERT.
                         
                                                ELAINE (CONT'D)
                       A tea beginning with B? Builder's
                       tea! Right?
                         
          He GRINS. She SMILES. She goes to get him some TEA.
                         
                         
          INT. HALLWAY/WEST ROAD FLAT/CAMBRIDGE - DAY
                         
          ELAINE, smiling, enters hall (from the LIVING ROOM) and bumps
          into JANE, who has just arrived home with GROCERIES. They
          stop in front of each other.
                         
                                                ELAINE
                                          (CHUCKLING)
                       I think he's the most brilliant man
                       I've ever met. You're very lucky.
                         
                                                   JANE
                       Thank you.
                         
                                                ELAINE
                       You must worship the ground beneath
                                      HIS -
                         
                                                   JANE
                       - wheels.
                         
          JANE can't fail to see how enthralled ELAINE is.
                         
                                                ELAINE
                       And he's the perfect patient.
                       Looking after him is so much easier
                       than other patients I've had.
                                                (MORE)
                         
                                                                                (CONTINUED)
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                         CONTINUED:
                                                ELAINE (CONT'D)
                       And sooo funny, oh my God. When you
                       read about him people don't tell
                                      YOU -
                         
                                                JANE
                           (cutting her off)
                       You only do two shifts a week,
                       Elaine.
                         
                         
          INT. LIVING ROOM/WEST ROAD FLAT/CAMBRIDGE - DAY
                         
          STEPHEN sits in the armchair, propped up by cushions, while a
          TECHNICIAN bolts the NEW COMPUTER SCREEN onto STEPHEN's
          WHEELCHAIR. JANE watches.
                         
                                                TECHNICIAN
                       Almost there!
                         
                                                JANE
                       How does it work?
                         
                                                TECHNICIAN
                       A guy called Walt Woltosz invented
                       the software. Uses a very simple
                       interface that scans through the
                       alphabet and allows each letter to
                       be selected one by one. Using this
                       technique, the Professor can expect
                       to write at about four words per
                       minute.
                         
          ELAINE enters -
                         
                                                JANE
                           (After initial dismay)
                       Better than one a minute.
                         
                                                TECHNICIAN
                       What I've done is--use components
                       from a telephone answering system
                       actually-- to convert the written
                       text into synthesized speech. The
                       voice sounds a bit robotic, but...
                                          (IT'S READY)
                       Okay. Shall we give it a try?
                         
                                                                       CUT TO:
                         
          JANE and ELAINE hoist STEPHEN into the new chair.
                         
                                                TECHNICIAN (CONT'D)
                       There we go.
                                          (GRANDLY)
                       Welcome to the future!
                         
                         
                         
                         
                                                                                 (CONTINUED)
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                         CONTINUED:
                         
          The TECHNICIAN sets a pressure-sensitive 'clicker' in
          STEPHEN's hand. The SCREEN suddenly floods with COMPUTER
          CODE. REFLECTED in the glass is the WIDE-EYED FACE OF
          STEPHEN.
                         
          JANE and ELAINE sit on the couch together watching -
                         
          The TECHNICIAN demonstrates - builds a sentence for
          STEPHEN, selecting one LETTER at a time. STEPHEN is all
          concentration, observing how it is done.
                         
                                                TECHNICIAN (CONT'D)
                       All set. Then you just click
                       'PLAY', like this -
                         
          STEPHEN looks back at the screen, then CLICKS ONCE. The
          COMPUTER comes to life and says STEPHEN's first words in
          months.
                         
                                                STEPHEN
                           (electronic voice,
                            strong American accent)
                       My--name--is--Stee--ven--Hawking.
                         
          STEPHEN stares at JANE - incredulous. JANE stares back at
          STEPHEN - horrified.
                         
                                                JANE
                       It's American! Oh, my Goodness.
                                          (TO TECHNICIAN)
                       Are there any other voices?
                         
                                                TECHNICIAN
                       That's all they have at the
                       moment. Is that a problem?
                         
                                                ELAINE
                       I think it's great!
                         
          STEPHEN looks bewildered.
                         
                         
          INT. MASTER BED./WEST ROAD FLAT/CAMBRIDGE - NIGHT
                         
          In a quiet moment, STEPHEN sits alone, trying out the new
          device. His face shows SADNESS, BLEAKNESS. His eyes move back
          to the COMPUTER SCREEN. His fingers CLICK-CLICK-CLICK on the
          monitor. And finally we hear - his sadly moving homage (to
          "2001: A Space Odyssey").
                         
                                                 STEPHEN
                       Daisy. Daisy.
                                          (BEAT)
                       Give Me Your Answer Do.
                         
          Finally - he SMILES. He has cheered himself up.
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          INT. LIVING ROOM/WEST ROAD FLAT/CAMBRIDGE - DAY
                         
          STEPHEN motors through the house, as we hear        -
                         
                                              STEPHEN
                     Frankly my dear, I don't give a
                     damn.
                         
                         
          INT. LIVING ROOM/WEST ROAD FLAT/CAMBRIDGE - DAY
                         
          Through the OPEN DOORS into the LIVING ROOM we hear TIMOTHY
          squealing with joyous delight, then see him run out -
                         
          As TIM passes out of shot we hear then see STEPHEN slowly
          motor out of the LIVING ROOM, chasing him, with -
                         
          - a LARGE BROWN PAPER GROCERY BAG OVER HIS HEAD (TWO EYE-
          HOLES cut in it, a SMILE DRAWN over the mouth) as STEPHEN's
          voice-synthesizer loudly proclaims the DALEK war-cry from
          DOCTOR WHO as STEPHEN chases his son around:
                         
                                              STEPHEN
                     Ex-terminate..! Ex-terminate..!
                     Ex-terminate..!
                         
                         
          INT. LIVING ROOM/WEST ROAD /CAMBRIDGE - NIGHT
                         
          JANE approaches as STEPHEN writes, CLICK,CLICK,CLICK. His
          eyes turn to her as she hears:
                         
                                              STEPHEN
                     I will write. A Book.
                         
                                              JANE
                     At four words a minute? About what?
                         
          STEPHEN clicks. She moves to look at his SCREEN.
                         
          TIGHT ON SCREEN as he selects:     T   I   M   E.
                         
                                              JANE (CONT'D)
                     TIME.
                         
                                              STEPHEN
                     Time...
                         
          She smiles at him.
                         
                         MONTAGE:
                         
          A) The HANDS ON A CLOCK turn very quickly, TIME running fast.
                         
          B) STEPHEN motors down the cloisters of his college.
                         
                         
                         
                         
                                                                                 (CONTINUED)
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                         CONTINUED:
                         
                                 STEPHEN (V.O.)
                       What is the nature of Time?
                         
          C) His PALSIED RIGHT HAND clicks the CLICKER, as he works at
          home at night.
                         
                                 STEPHEN (V.O.)
                       Will it ever come to an end?
                         
          D)   A PRINTER prints out the text we hear in V/O -
                         
                                 STEPHEN (V.O.)
                       Can we go back in time?
                         
          E) He works in office at DAMPTP.
                         
                                 STEPHEN (V.O.)
                       Some day these answers may seem as
                       obvious to us as the earth orbiting
                       the sun, or perhaps as ridiculous
                       as a tower of tortoises.
                         
          He SMILES.
                         
          F)   He motors by the college at sunset.
                         
                                                 STEPHEN
                       Only Time, whatever that may be,
                       will tell.
                         
                         
          INT. DAMTP, CAMBRIDGE - NIGHT
                         
          ELAINE opens his LETTERS, and looks at him.
                         
          STEPHEN works on his book - it's slow laborious work.         CLICK,
          CLICK, CLICk...
                         
          ELAINE picks up, from the mail, a SEALED COPY of PENTHOUSE
          MAGAZINE (Addressed to: "KIP THORNE c/- PROF.S.HAWKING").
                         
                                                 ELAINE
                                          (SURPRISED)
                       Professor?
                         
          STEPHEN looks over at her - sees the MAGAZINE, that ELAINE,
          smiling, is starting to UNWRAP. He urgently types a voice
          message - click, click, click - but he isn't fast enough -
          she has opened it. Too late he clicks "PLAY" -
                         
                                                STEPHEN
                       It is for a friend.
                         
                                                ELAINE
                       'Course it is. That's what they all
                       say.
                         
                         
                         
                                                                                  (CONTINUED)
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                         CONTINUED:
                         
          She surprises him by crossing the room and opening the PAGES
          of the MAGAZINE for him.
                         
                                                ELAINE (CONT'D)
                       You don't have to be embarrassed
                       around me, Professor. I know what
                       men are like.
                         
          SURPRISED, STEPHEN finds himself with the PENTHOUSE open
          before him. He looks at the MAGAZINE, then at ELAINE, then at
          the MAGAZINE.
                         
          Just then - office DOOR OPENS.      Enter, SCIAMA. He stops when
          he sees the MAGAZINE.
                         
                                                SCIAMA
                       Oh. I'm sorry.
                         
          He exits, blushing. STEPHEN grins. ELAINE bursts out
          laughing.
                         
                                                  ELAINE
                       Next one?
                         
          He SMILES at her - falling in love with her. She detects
          this, happily.
                         
                                                  ELAINE (CONT'D)
                       What?
                         
                         
          INT. WEST ROAD FLAT/ CAMBRIDGE - NIGHT
                         
          STEPHEN, alone, continues to write, one painstaking word at
          a time.
                         
                         
          INT. LIVING ROOM/WEST ROAD FLAT/CAMBRIDGE - DAY
                         
          JANE, exhausted, rubbing her eyes as she PROOF-READS
          STEPHEN's text, like the old days. She pauses, looks up, into
          the next room, at -
                         
          - ELAINE laughing at something the grinning STEPHEN has said.
                         
          JANE resumes work on STEPHEN's BOOK.
                         
                         
          INT. DAMTP, CAMBRIDGE - DAY
                         
          STEPHEN still working - CLICK, CLICK, CLICK...
                         
          TIGHT ON SCREEN:     "A HISTORY OF TIME"
                         
          He ponders this. Then has an idea. CLICK, CLICK, CLICK. He
          inserts "BRIEF" into the title. He stares at the screen.
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          INT. LIVING ROOM/WEST ROAD FLAT/CAMBRIDGE - DAY
                         
          TITLE PAGE is spat out of PRINTER: "A BRIEF HISTORY OF
          TIME."
                         
          While reading the LAST PAGE manuscript for his book, JANE
          stops and is stunned by something she reads. She rises, and
          rushes - with the LAST PAGE - into the next room where -
                         
                         
          INT. MASTER BED./WEST ROAD FLAT/CAMBRIDGE   - DAY
                         
          CLOSE ON: A PHOTO of STEPHEN and a MARILYN MONROE LOOK-A-
          LIKE, hangs on the wall.
                         
                              STEPHEN (O.S.)
                    So I said - I have long been
                    looking for a model of the
                    universe. I finally found her.
                         
          Beside the PHOTO, ELAINE finishes SHAVING STEPHEN - then
          steps away to pick up some HAND LOTION. She inadvertently
          show him some LEG. STEPHEN notices.
                         
          ELAINE laughs, and starts to massage LOTION, almost
          lovingly, into his HAND. JANE announce her presence.
                         
                                             JANE
                    Elaine? Can we - ?
                         
          ELAINE comes over to JANE, still chuckling.
                         
                                             JANE (CONT'D)
                    Would you mind if I spoke with
                    Stephen alone for a moment?
                         
                                             ELAINE
                    We're not quite finished--can you
                    come back in ten minutes?
                         
          REACTION JANE: Slightly ruffled feathers. She exits.
                         
                         
          INT. MASTER BED./WEST ROAD FLAT/CAMBRIDGE - DAY
                         
          JANE walks in, holding a page from the MANUSCRIPT. STEPHEN
          is 'typing' a message.
                         
                                             JANE
                                       (READS)
                    "Who are we? Why are we here? If
                    we ever learn this, it would be
                    the ultimate triumph of human
                    reason, for then we would know
                    the mind of God."
                                       (TO HIM)
                    'GOD'? Do you really mean this?
                         
                         
                                                                              (CONTINUED)
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                         CONTINUED:
                         
          STEPHEN types his reply.
                         
                                                   STEPHEN
                       Yes.
                                          (TYPES)
                       Of course.
                         
                                                JANE
                       So you're acknowledging him?
                         
          But as he continues to CLICK, feverishly, she excitedly
          exits, before he can add another word. He tries to generate
          the next word before she disappears but he is alone again
          by the time his computer belatedly spits out -
                         
                                                   STEPHEN
                                      HOWEVER --
                         
          He sags, frustrated that he was not fast enough to set her
          straight - but then she comes back in -
                         
                                                JANE
                       Did you just say something?
                         
          STEPHEN decides not to respond.
                         
                                                JANE (CONT'D)
                       So you're actually going to let me
                       have this moment.
                         
          STEPHEN click-click-clicks, then -
                         
                                                STEPHEN
                       You - are - welcome.
                         
          She smiles. She kisses him on the cheek, and then as she
          starts to leave -
                         
          - on his SCREEN - STEPHEN selects the message he was
          writing earlier...clicks "PLAY." We hear -
                         
                                                STEPHEN (CONT'D)
                       E-laine has offered to travel
                       with me to A-merica. She will
                       look after me.
                         
                                                JANE
                                          (IMMENSELY HURT)
                       Will she?
                         
                                                STEPHEN
                       Don't worry.
                         
          He clicks "STOP".
                         
          She nods, sadly. He smiles, sweetly. Both accept what is
          happening, but sadly.
                         
                         
                                                                                (CONTINUED)
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                         CONTINUED: (2)
                         
                                              JANE
                    America?
                                       (BEAT)
                    You always used to tell me when an
                    invitation came in.
                         
          CLICKS 'PLAY.'
                         
                                             STEPHEN
                        (the old grin)
                    A-nother a-ward. What can you do?
                         
          JANE smiles, warmly. STEPHEN writes.
                         
                                             STEPHEN (CONT'D)
                    Everything will be okay.
                         
          She tries to smile.
                         
                                             STEPHEN (CONT'D)
                    How many years?
                         
          STEPHEN writes. She waits. His eyes flick between his
          screen and her.
                         
                                             JANE
                    They said - two.
                    We've had so many.
                         
          The look in his eyes is his eloquent reply. Emotion overcomes
          JANE. Can this really be how it ends?
                         
          It's so sad and bizarre and they both realise it in this
          moment. She tries to hide her tears by walking away from
          him and turning her back, hiding her face.
                         
          STEPHEN watches her, as aware of the enormous significance of
          this moment as she - then slowly - slowly - motors toward
          her. He stops just behind her, then nudges her leg, ever so
          gently, with his own lifeless foot, the way a pony will nudge
          its familiar rider.
                         
          He clicks "PLAY" -
                         
                                                STEPHEN
                    Be. Happy.
                         
          She turns back, CROUCHES, comes down to his level - right in
          front of him, eye to eye -
                         
                                              JANE
                    I have loved you.
                                       (BEAT)
                    I did my best.
                         
                         
                         
                         
                                                                              (CONTINUED)
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                         CONTINUED: (3)
                         
          As TEARS form in his own eyes, he BLINKS ONCE at her - the
          only form of communication that feels right in that moment,
          and she understands all that it means.
                         
          She smiles through her tears as she SMOOTHS HIS HAIR.
                         
          Finally - words are not needed.
                         
                         
          INT. WEST ROAD FLAT - DAY
                         
          TWO MOVERS pack STEPHEN's PRIZES and MEDALS, lifting them
          from the SIDEBOARD, as - JANE watches, hiding her emotions.
                         
                         
          EXT. BOOKSHOP - DAY
                         
          The window is dominated by a single display for STEPHEN's
          book - A Brief History Of Time.
                         
                         
          INT. LIVING ROOM/WEST ROAD FLAT/CAMBRIDGE - DAY
                         
          CLOSE ON: The SUNDAY TIMES NEWSPAPER. The BEST-SELLER LIST.
          ECU on: A BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME, at NUMBER 1. Weeks: 8
                         
          WIDE. JANE and her MOTHER, BERYL, at the dining table, the
          PAPER spread out before them.
                         
                                             BERYL
                    Remarkable. How is he?
                         
                                             JANE
                    He wants to marry her.
                         
                                             BERYL
                    Don't blame yourself. We're proud
                    of you.
                         
          JANE is touched.
                         
                                             JANE
                    I'm trying hard not to think of
                    this as a failure.
                         
                                             BERYL
                    But it wasn't a failure.
                         
                                              JANE
                    But it feels like it! It feels like
                    it, Mum.
                                       (BEAT)
                    Was it inevitable?
                         
          BERYL doesn't know what to say. Yes it was.
                         
                         
                         
                         
                                                                               (CONTINUED)
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                         CONTINUED:
                         
                                                BERYL
                       Perhaps too many people were drawn
                       in?
                                          (SILENCE)
                       What will Stephen do next?
                         
                                                JANE
                                          (SHRUGS)
                       He's gone back to looking for his
                       Theory Of Everything, his single
                       equation. Well, it'll have to
                       explain human relationships too.
                         
          BERYL ponders this:
                         
                                                JANE (CONT'D)
                       It's going to have to be a
                       wonderful piece of mathematics.
                                          (PONDERS)
                       All the accidents...
                         
                                                BERYL
                       All the unexpected forces...
                       attractions...
                         
          JANE looks at her mother quickly - "attractions"?
                         
                                                BERYL (CONT'D)
                           (wistful, dreamy)
                       A attracts B --
                         
                                                JANE
                       And vice versa.
                         
                                                   BERYL
                       Of course.
                         
                                                JANE
                       Then add Time - Adversity -
                         
                                                BERYL
                       Yes. Adversity over time --
                         
                                                JANE
                       - until the situation becomes
                       unstable, heats up.
                         
                                                   BERYL
                       Bang!
                         
                                                JANE
                       And the whole thing starts over.
                       Whole new galaxies.
                         
          BERYL gently grabs JANE's wrist -
                         
                         
                         
                         
                                                                                  (CONTINUED)
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                         CONTINUED: (2)
                         
                                              BERYL
                    Darling, I think we've cracked it.
                    Shall we phone the Nobel committee
                    now or shall we have another cup of
                    tea first?
                         
          JANE, wipes her eyes, smiles sadly.
                         
                         
          EXT. CHURCH - DAY
                         
          The CHURCH in winter - a dusting of snow on everything. To
          the sound of ORGAN, SINGING CHOIR and CONGREGATION, the front
          doors open, and the VICAR appears to shake the hands of the
          first departing church-goers.
                         
                         
          INT. CHURCH - DAY
                         
          The SERVICE is over. The congregation departs, revealing -
                         
          - JANE in her seat, still reading a prayer book, as -
                         
          - JONATHAN walks up the nave, toward her, chatting with the
          departing CHORISTERS. It seems that he hasn't noticed JANE
          and he passes close by, seemingly without seeing her. She
          averts her eyes.
                         
          Then suddenly she feels a HAND brush her shoulder. When she
          turns to look, JONATHAN has walked past, and is still avidly
          talking to the CHORISTERS, heading for the main doors.
                         
          JANE, with a beating heart, turns forward again and hears -
                         
          - the FRONT DOORS of the church close. She is alone. She
          starts to cry in the empty church - thinking she has lost him
          forever, but then --
                         
          -- she hears SOFT PIANO MUSIC. She turns. Yes, music is
          coming from above. She rises, and moves toward the sound.
                         
                         
          INT. FRONT OF CHURCH - DAY (LATE 1970'S - MID 1980'S)
                         
          JANE slowly walks TOWARD THE SOUND OF THE PIANO, which slowly
          grows louder, louder, until -
                         
          - with a pounding heart, she discovers JONATHAN, at the
          piano, gently playing his beloved Bach. Only eventually does
          he raise his eyes and smile at her, a smile which expresses
          his hope that she would come to him. She smiles back, her
          heart ready to burst.
                         
                         _____________________________________________________________
                                                THE THEORY of EVERYTHING   87
                         
                         
                         
                         
          INT. HALLWAY/COCKCROFT LECTURE ROOM/CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY
          - DAY      (LATE 1980'S )
                         
          STEPHEN, accompanied by ELAINE, motors down the HALLWAY/LOBBY
                         TOWARD -
                         
          - FANS and PRESS, waiting at the DOORWAY to the AUDITORIUM.
          Some FANS, autograph hunters, hold copies of "BRIEF HISTORY"
          for STEPHEN to sign. Others just want to take PHOTOS. The
          general impression? STEPHEN is now a ROCK STAR.
                         
          After a MALE FAN gets his PHOTO taken with STEPHEN - a FEMALE
          FAN (at the head of a sudden queue of FANS bearing copies of
          "BRIEF HISTORY") holds out a PEN to STEPHEN...
                         
                                             FEMALE FAN
                    Professor? Could you please sign a
                    copy for me?
                         
          ELAINE, gestures for STEPHEN to give his standard reply. He
          mouse-clicks once.
                         
                                             STEPHEN
                    I cannot sign copies of my book--
                    but if you like--I could drive over
                    it.
                         
          The FANS all laugh and all say "YES,YES,YES!"
                         
                         
          INT. COCKCROFT LECTURE ROOM/CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY - DAY
                         
          AUDIENCE APPLAUSE, continues over - a CU on the blackboard
          of the word:
                         
                                   "TIME."
                         
          WIDE: A packed lecture hall.
                         
          ANGLE ON: ELAINE, watching from the side of the stage.
                         
          ANGLE ON: SCIAMA and a COLLEAGUE.
                         
          SCIAMA now steps forward, to applause.
                         
                                             SCIAMA
                    Thankyou. I first met--the
                    Professor--was it really 1963? Time-
                    -where does it go? Back then, he
                    was kind of annoying.
                                       (LAUGHTER)
                    He knew things that his woeful work
                    ethic should not have allowed him
                    to know.
                                       (LAUGHTER)
                                             (MORE)
                         
                         
                         
                                                                               (CONTINUED)
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                         CONTINUED:
                                                SCIAMA (CONT'D)
                       But it's been--really--one of the
                       great joys of my life to watch this
                       man defy every expectation, both
                       scientific and personal. So it's
                       with no small pride that I ask him
                       to return to the stage once more,
                       to continue to do what he has
                       always done - answer your
                       questions. My most irritating
                       student, my esteemed colleague, my
                       good friend--Professor Hawking.
                         
          As STEPHEN motors onto the stage, to applause -
                         
                                                SCIAMA (CONT'D)
                       The first pre-selected question,
                       please!
                         
          GUEST 1, stands and reads her question from a SLIP OF PAPER.
          (All the Questioners will do the same.)
                         
                                                GUEST 1
                       How have you been able to deal
                       with all the physical challenges
                       you face?
                         
          STEPHEN stares at the AUDIENCE, who wait awkwardly for a
          reply. It's as if STEPHEN wishes to speak with his own
          voice, and is struggling to do so. In failure his eyes turn
          sadly to his screen, and then clicks the pad in his hand.
                         WE HEAR:
                         
                                                STEPHEN
                       Can you hear me?
                                          (AUDIENCE LAUGHTER)
                       There are some things I cannot
                       do. But. They are mostly the
                       things I don't particularly want
                       to do anyway.
                         
                                                GUEST 2
                       Now you are recognized
                       everywhere, how do you deal with
                       all the attention?
                         
                                                STEPHEN
                       I was stopped recently by a
                       tourist in Cambridge who asked if
                       I was 'the real Stephen Hawking.'
                       I replied that I was not, and
                       said the real one was--much
                       better looking.
                         
          Laughter.
                         
                                                STEPHEN (CONT'D)
                       He believed me.
                         
                         
                                                                                (CONTINUED)
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                         CONTINUED: (2)
                         
          Even bigger LAUGH. APPLAUSE.
                         
                                               GUEST 3
                      In 1979 you talked about the
                      possibility of a theory of
                      everything being discovered
                      before the end of the century.
                         
                                               STEPHEN
                      I now predict -- that I was
                      wrong.
                         
          LAUGHTER.
                         
                                               GUEST 4
                      Is Time Travel possible?
                         
          LAUGHTER.
                         
                                               STEPHEN
                      I have experimental evidence that
                      Time Travel is not possible. I gave
                      a party for Time-Travellers but no-
                      one came.
                         
          LAUGHTER. As GUEST 5 rises and starts to speak, the volume
          goes down on this question...
                         
                                               GUEST 5
                      Professor Hawking, you have said
                      you don't believe in God...
                         
          CLOSE ON STEPHEN, slipping into a reverie as - he notices
          the CAP of a YOUNG LADY's PEN falls off the front lecture
          bench and drops to the floor...(in SLO MO). STEPHEN stares
          at the fallen CAP.
                         
          ANGLE ON: GUEST 5, MUTED, his mouth still moving...
                         
          ANGLE ON STEPHEN gets an idea. He wants to go and pick up
          that fallen CAP...Miraculously, the muscles in his
          slackened face start to stir...slowly his distorted
          expression straightens...his slumped head stirs and
          moves...his fingers stir...his feet ...his legs...he
          slowly, slowly straightens in his wheelchair, and not only
          this...he even begins to rise painfully out of it, at last
          standing on his own... Standing, he crosses the floor,
          picks up the fallen CAP, and holds it out the pretty YOUNG
          LADY. She smiles at him, not at all astonished!
                         
                                                                      CUT TO:
                         
          GUEST 5 - we can hear him now.
                         
                         
                         
                         
                                                                                 (CONTINUED)
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                         CONTINUED: (3)
                         
                                             GUEST 5 (CONT'D)
                    You have said you do not believe
                    in God. Do you have a philosophy
                    of life that helps you?
                         
          ANGLE ON: STEPHEN - back in his chair, as at the start of
          the scene, heart-breakingly unable to do what he wishes.
                         
                                             STEPHEN
                    It is clear that we are just an
                    advanced breed of monkeys on a
                    minor planet orbiting around a
                    very average star in the outer
                    suburb of one among a hundred
                    billion galaxies...
                         
          ANGLE ON: The CAP on the floor, just where it had fallen.
                         
          ANGLE ON: STEPHEN, in his chair - then on MEMBERS of the
          AUDIENCE, being greatly stirred by the following words -
                         
                                             STEPHEN (CONT'D)
                    ...but--ever since the dawn of
                    civilisation, people have craved
                    for an understanding of the
                    underlying order of the world.
                    There ought to be something very
                    special about the boundary
                    conditions of the universe - and
                    what can be more special than that
                    there is no boundary? And there
                    should be no boundary to 
                    human endeavour. We are all
                    different. There is no such thing
                    as a standard or run of the mill
                    human being--but we share the same
                    human spirit. However bad life may
                    seem, there is always something you
                    can do, and succeed at. While
                    there's life, there is hope.
                         
          APPLAUSE, STANDING OVATION.
                         
          ANGLE ON: ELAINE, clapping - proud.
                         
          ANGLE ON: STEPHEN, in his chair, on the stage, sees ELAINE.
          Smiles.
                         
          ANGLE ON: BRIAN and SCIAMA clapping.
                         
          ANGLE ON: STEPHEN, surprised by the reaction.
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          INT. LIVING ROOM/WEST ROAD FLAT/CAMBRIDGE - DAY
                         
          JANE is studying again, going through her IBERIAN POEMS, when
          JONATHAN walks in with the MAIL, and sets one LETTER in front
          of her. JANE opens it.
                         
                                             JANE
                    It's from Stephen.
                                       (READING)
                    He's--he has invited--the children
                    and I--to accompany him.
                         
          JONATHAN reads her card, and then look at her, surprised.
                         
                                              JONATHAN
                    Gosh.
                         
                         
          EXT. BUCKINGHAM PALACE, LONDON - DAY
                         
          The PALACE.
                         
                         
          INT. EMPIRE ROOM, BUCKINGHAM PALACE - DAY
                         
          We are BACK in the FIRST SCENE OF THE MOVIE.
                         
          JANE moves close to STEPHEN. They look at each other in the
          eyes for the first time in a long while. They finally SMILE
          tenderly, and then -
                         
                                             JANE
                    Your glasses are always dirty.
                         
          STEPHEN'S POV as - his glasses are removed from his nose by
          JANE, cleaned, and then replaced on his nose. He is moved by
          this old ritual.
                         
          The HAWKINGS then sit silently, but happily, surrounded by
          exquisite paintings and furniture.
                         
                         
          INT. GRAND HALLWAY/BUCKINGHAM PALACE - DAY - LATER
                         
          STEPHEN and family - JANE, ROBERT (23), LUCY (19) and TIM
          (10) - roll up past pillars toward a SET OF ORNATE DOORS
          which open magically to reveal -
                         
          QUEEN ELIZABETH II standing by a distant mantelpiece.
                         
                         
          EXT. QUEEN'S PRIVATE GARDEN,BUCKINGHAM PALACE - DAY
                         
          In the garden, the HAWKING children play as freely as in
          their own, while STEPHEN is lifted to the bottom of a set of
          steps by two EQUERRIES.
                         
                         
                         
                                                                                 (CONTINUED)
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                         CONTINUED:
                         
          Left unattended, he motors forward a short distance and stops
          to watch his children. Fulfillment floods into his
          expression. A moment of deep satisfaction. He then looks
          around for JANE, finally making his CHAIR turn around.
                         
          He sees her - some distance away. She has detained one of the
          EQUERRIES.
                         
                                                JANE
                                          (TO EQUERRY)
                       I'll leave a card. There's a
                       number you can call. They can
                       install ramps in a day. It really
                       would be helpful.
                         
          JANE hands the EQUERRY a card, and smiles. The EQUERRY nods,
          retires.
                         
          JANE sees STEPHEN. She walks up to him. Together they watch
          their children.
                         
          TIGHT ON STEPHEN: His eyes move from the kids, playing in
          this paradise, to the screen, where he types something...
                         
          JANE sees he is writing something. She crouches beside his
          wheel-chair as the LETTERS FORM.
                         
                                                JANE (CONT'D)
                                      CONGRATULATIONS--MY COMPANION--OF
                       Honour. Not bad for an old liberal
                                      SOCIALIST--
                                          (WHISPERS)
                       Don't worry, you can decline the
                       knighthood.
                         
          He smiles, stops writing, looks at her with warmth, and she
          at him. She KISSES him on the cheek.
                         
                                                JANE (CONT'D)
                       Thank you. For today. It's been
                       extraordinary. It's all just been
                       rather extraordinary though, hasn't
                       it?
                         
          They look into each other's eyes, and then starts writing
                         AGAIN -
                         
                                                JANE (CONT'D)
                       What are you writing?
                         
          ANGLE ON SCREEN: as he chooses letters from the streaming
          alphabet. As each word forms it drops onto the line where
          he builds this following sentence -
                         
                 "L O O K      WHAT      WE      MADE"
                         
                         
                         
                         
                                                                                 (CONTINUED)
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                         CONTINUED: (2)
                         
          On his next click - "PLAY" - we -
                         
                                                                   SNAP TO:
                         
                         
          EXT. GRAPHIC/UNIVERSE
                         
          A BIG CRUNCH galactic moment - a supernova in reverse, from
          explosion to reconstituted star, then cut to - A CG MODEL
          OF THE UNIVERSE contracting - the stars converging, moving
          back together, toward the universe's first moment.
                         
          TIME'S ARROW has been REVERSED...
                         
          MONTAGE - sweeping us backward through TIME, a series of
          scenes from the film in reverse chronology...
                         
          A) REWIND FLASHBACK TO: STEPHEN's silent, wheelchair-bound
          tender look of love after JANE has said "I have loved you"
                         
          B) Where before the doctors marked Stephen's throat for the
          tracheotomy operation, in reverse we now see the mark
          DISAPPEAR.
                         
          C) Where before Jane supported the new born baby Timothy in
          Stephen's lap then scooped the baby up and out of frame -- in
          reverse we see the baby magically land in Stephen's lap.
                         
          D) Where before Lucy and Robert are sat on Stephen's lap and
          then jumped off and ran away as Stephen chased them in his
          electric wheel chair -- in reverse, they run backwards into
          his lap.
                         
          E) In reverse, we see STEPHEN walk backwards and first sit
          down into the wheel chair.
                         
          F) Where before Stephen dropped his fork during the dinner
          party -- in reverse, the fork leaps from the table and back
          into Stephen's hand.
                         
          G) The wedding tableaux with ROSE PETALS now in reverse, the
          petals travel upwards.
                         
          I) Where before STEPHEN stumbled and fell hard in the quad
          -- in reverse, he is lifted off the ground.
                         
          J) Where before STEPHEN and JANE beheld the fireworks at the
          May Ball -- in reverse the fireworks implode into black
          holes.
                         
          K) Where before STEPHEN knocked over a cup of tea whilst
          working at his desk -- in reverse, the liquid leaps back into
          his cup.
                         
          L) At the MAY-BALL, they KISS, then DANCE on the BRIDGE.
                         
                         
                         
                         
                                                                              (CONTINUED)
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                         CONTINUED:
                         
          M) At their first meeting at the party, JANE stands at the
          door, and SEES STEPHEN for the FIRST TIME. He SMILES at her.
          FREEZE-FRAME on this....and then -
                         
          N) We JUMP INTO SPACE - TRAVEL FORWARD THROUGH SPACE, through
          the NEBULAE and COSMIC MATTER, travelling at the speed of
          LIGHT, approaching a single point in space, a SINGULARITY, a
          BLACK HOLE.
                         
          As we disappear into it...
                         
                                                    SNAP TO BLACK.
                         
          INSERT TWO CARDS:
                         
                         CARD ONE:
                         
          A BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME HAS SOLD MORE THAN 10 MILLION COPIES
          WORLDWIDE. 
                         
          AT 72 YEARS OLD, STEPHEN HAS NO PLANS TO RETIRE AND CONTINUES
          TO SEEK A THEORY OF EVERYTHING.
                         
          HE DECLINED THE OFFER OF A KNIGHTHOOD FROM THE QUEEN.
                         
                         
                         
                         CARD TWO:  
                         
          JANE HAS HER PHD IN MEDIEVAL SPANISH POETRY.
                         
          SHE AND JONATHAN ARE HAPPILY MARRIED.  
                         
          JANE AND STEPHEN REMAIN FRIENDS AND NOW HAVE 3 GRANDCHILDREN 
                         
                         
                         
          ROLL END CREDITS.
                         
                         ENDS
                           


Theory of Everything, The



Writers :   Anthony McCarten
Genres :   Drama  Romance


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