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Students (2nd Draft)

Students (2nd Draft)

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STUDENTS By Thomas Stelzer and Christopher Clark

FIRST DRAFT DECEMBER 2012 © THOMAS STELZER AND CHRISTOPHER CLARK, DECEMBER 2012

Thomas Stelzer 1 Cavey St, Marrickville, NSW 2204, Australia Ph: 0423 114 495

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INT. UNIVERSITY STUDENT CENTRE. DAY. JAMES, an 18-year-old student, is waiting distractedly in a long queue. He reaches the front and a middle-aged ADMIN WOMAN wearily calls him over from behind a counter. ADMIN WOMAN Name. JAMES James. ADMIN WOMAN Last name. JAMES Collins. ADMIN WOMAN Spelling? JAMES Just the normal way. She stares blankly at him. JAMES (cont) ...C, o, l, l, i, n, s. She types his name deliberately into the computer. ADMIN WOMAN ...Look at the camera. James turns to the webcam on the counter and smiles. ADMIN WOMAN -No smiling. He stops smiling and looks at the camera patiently for a couple of seconds. ADMIN WOMAN ...You’re done. She waits impatiently for James’s student card to print out and then hands it to him. ADMIN WOMAN Join the line over there... Next!

2. 2 3 WHITE TITLE ON BACKGROUND: STUDENTS INT. LECTURE HALL. DAY. James sits by himself towards the back of the hall as students stream into the room. Behind him, BEN and EMMA, other students, talk distractedly. After a couple of seconds, GREG WOLF, a middle-aged lecturer enters and strides down to the front of the room. He is wearing an ill-fitting Matrix-style leather coat. GREG Quiet everyone... Ok, good. Welcome to Contemporary Media. Half a dozen students realise they’re in the wrong lecture and quietly stand up and shuffle out of the room. Greg, oblivious, pauses a second for dramatic effect. GREG (cont, looking around) ...I’m looking around now, and I’ll tell you what I’m seeing - beige. You’re all beige. He pauses for impact as James and Ben watch him quizzically. GREG (cont) And sure, the world needs beige. But you know what else it needs? BEN (leaning forward, to James) More leather. James hears him, smirks and turns around. GREG (cont) Red, green, purple... turquoise. And that’s what we’re here to do turn you guys into the... colours of tomorrow. He pauses for effect again. GREG (cont, surveying the room) What do you hope to get out of university?

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BEN (quietly, to James) That jacket. James smiles. Greg points to a random FEMALE STUDENT. GREG (to female student) You. The female student looks at him startled. GREG (cont) What do you hope to get out of university? FEMALE STUDENT ...A degree? GREG Wrong. He points to another STUDENT 2. GREG You? STUDENT 2 Make new friends. GREG -Wrong. He points to another STUDENT 3. STUDENT 3 ...A job. GREG -Wrong... wait, what degree are you studying? STUDENT 3 Arts. GREG -Definitely wrong. He looks around the room.

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GREG (cont) It wasn’t that long ago that I was sat where you are having to answer the same question... And I’ll tell you what I said... BEN (under his breath) Fashion sense? James laughs quietly. GREG (cont) -Change. I want to make a difference and I have. You want to know how? JAMES (quietly) You took the red pill? Ben and James both smirk. Greg notices this time and looks at James. GREG (to James) What was that? James looks around to avert attention then realises he’s being addressed. Ben watches on, amused. JAMES (pointing to himself) Me? GREG Yes, you. JAMES ...Nothing. GREG No, come on, tell us what you’ve got to say about making a difference. JAMES I don’t-

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GREG -That’s right, you don’t... Do you have your student card with you? JAMES Um, yeah. GREG Give it to me. James reluctantly takes out his student card and hands it to the student in front of him to pass forward. GREG -No, bring it down yourself. James takes the card back, shuffles awkwardly past a couple of students, walks down to the front of the class and hands Greg the card. Greg inspects the card as James returns to his seat. GREG (reading off the card) James Collins. Well, we know who you are. Do you know who I am, Mr Collins? BEN (quietly, to James) Morpheus? Greg catches Ben’s comment. GREG (to Ben) You. Student Card. James grins and Emma shakes her head. 4 INT. UNIVERSITY FOYER. DAY. James loiters outside the lecture theatre as students amble past him. Ben and Emma emerge, notice him, and walk over. BEN Well next week should be fun. I’m Ben by the way, this is Emma. EMMA (to James) Nice to meet you.

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CONTINUED: JAMES JamesBEN (smiling) -Yeah, we heard. 5 INT. CLASSROOM. DAY.

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James and Ben saunter into the classroom along with a dozen other students and sit down. They are having an intense discussion about music. BEN I can’t believe you don’t like the Nine Inch Nails version. JAMES I do, but Cash’s version is better. BEN The video is great, I’ll give you that. JOHNNY, another student, throws his bag on the desk next to them. He drops into a chair to Ben’s right and lounges back nonchalantly. He has longish hair and looks stylishly disheveled, but has obviously put a lot of work into looking that way. He overhears the conversation and leans in. JOHNNY What you guys talking about? Music? BEN Yeah, you know that song ’Hurt’? JOHNNY (dismissively) Yeah yeah, good song. I’m actually in a band myself. JAMES What are you called? JOHNNY Johnny and the Homophonics. BEN (quickly) What?

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JAMES (taken aback) Did you say the Homophobics? JOHNNY (correcting) Homophonics. JAMES ...Homophobics? JOHNNY (looking at Ben, pointing to James) Homophonics. BEN What are you guys like? JOHNNY What are we like? Good question... I’d probably describe us as psychedelic electro garage. But with an experimental edge. JAMES (slightly under his breath) Certainly covered all the bases. JOHNNY (to James) What’s that? JAMES (offering his hand) Nothing mate, I’m James. They shake hands. JOHNNY Jonathon. Call me Johnny. JAMES Oh, like Johnny Cash! JOHNNY Who? The tutor EURY walks in. She is middle-aged, pleasant and obviously politically liberal with short hair.

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EURY Welcome everyone, find a seat. My name is Eurydice. It’s ok, I don’t expect you to remember that, you can call me Eury. I know some of you may be a bit nervous, but I want everyone to feel comfortable, so to start, we’ll do a little activity I like to call ’the getting to know you’ game. She looks at James, who is caught off guard. EURY You can start. Just say your name, your degree, and a personal hero of yours. James ponders for a second and Johnny leans forward. JOHNNY Miss, I’ll get the ball rolling. Name’s Johnny, studying Arts, and my hero would have to be Ron Jeremy. A couple of students chuckle. Johnny winks at Ben and James and backhands Ben on the shoulder. Eury misses the joke. EURY Sorry, I didn’t quite catch that, did you say Rod Jeremy? JOHNNY (correcting) Ron Jeremy. EURY I’m not familiar with him. JOHNNY He’s an actor. EURY Oh, has he been in anything I’d know? JOHNNY (quickly) Do you know Jenna Jameson?

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EURY No. JOHNNY Nevermind, he mainly does independent films, but he’s got a pretty huge... following. EURY He sounds interesting. JOHNNY He is. EURY Well thank you Johnny. Eury turns to the rest of the class. EURY Who wants to go next? JILL, a 45-year-old mature-age student raises her hand. JILL Just to clarify something, does it have to be only one hero, or can you have more than one? EURY I suppose it can be more than one, sure. JILL Ok, my name is Jill, Jill Matthews, I’m studying a Bachelor’s degree in Communications, majoring in Public Communication, although I haven’t really made my mind up yet, I’ve still got plenty of time to decide... Not as much as you guys, ha ha ha. As for my hero, or our hero I should probably say... Jesus. EURY (puzzled) And someone else? JILL No.

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EURY ...Ok, who’s next? (to Ben) How about you? BEN Hi everyone, I’m Benjamin Gregary Harrison, I’m studying Arts, and I think I’m going to have to go for Dumbledore. JILL (interrupting) Ooh, hang on, aren’t we meant to be choosing real people? BEN (facetiously) Are we? There’s an awkward silence. EURY (to James) And what about you? JAMES (playing along) Ok, I’m James and I’m studying Communications too. I was going to say John McClane, but if we’re doing real people, I’ll choose L. Ron Hubbard. BEN (quietly) Good writer. JOHNNY (interrupting) Who’s that? JILL He’s a fraud, an absolute con artist. BEN Who would have thought one man could brainwash millions of people using only a couple of silly books?

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JILL I know, frightening. Another 18-year-old student, GLEN, interjects. GLEN (chiming in) Nothing silly about Battlefield Earth. EURY It’s an interesting point actually, the way "silly books" can influence soicety and culture. Can anyone think of any other examples? BEN -Twilight. The class murmurs in agreement. JAMES (smirking) Harry Potter. Ben looks at him disapprovingly. JOHNNY (ruining the joke) ...What about the Bible? Ben and James shake their heads in slight exasperation. 6 INT. OUTSIDE CLASSROOM. DAY. James and Ben have finished class and are walking to the foyer to meet Emma. They are slightly disillusioned by their first class. BEN I don’t know if I can take much more of that. JAMES It’s like having the aunty no one talks about come to uni with you. BEN And all that Jesus talk. I can’t stand God-botherers.

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JAMES I’m Christian. BEN Oh, fuck, sorry, I didn’t mean... you know. JAMES Nah, I’m just joking. BEN Hilarious. Glen nonchalantly catches up to Ben and James as they walk. GLEN That was a waste of time then. JAMES (taken aback) Sorry? GLEN (pointing back) That in there. Talking about Harry Potter and L Ron Hubbard. If I wanted a course on popular fantasy I would have taken one. BEN I think they’re just trying to get us settled in, get to know one another. GLEN Didn’t say that in the subject outline. It said, week one introduction to cultural types. JAMES Yeah, but it also said we’d be covering emergency fire procedures. GLEN (matter-of-factly) You wanna joke about fire evacuations. I knew a guy, didn’t pay attention during emergency procedures. There was a fire. He took the lift. Cables snapped. Never found his head.

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BEN Was it not in the elevator? GLEN (slightly shaking his head) Never found it. BEN Was his body in the elevator? GLEN (moving on) Point is, subject outline said; introduction to cultural typesJAMES (quickly) -and fire procedures. GLEN Right. And all we talked about in there was wizards and religion. JAMES And now a man’s lost his head. Glen nods in agreement. GLEN What are you doing now? JAMES Ah. nothing. GLEN Wanna see a movie then? BEN Now? They stop walking. GLEN Yeah. You said you weren’t doing anything. JAMES (stalling) ...What movie? Today? JAMES BEN Just walking.

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CONTINUED: GLEN Thor 2: The Dark World. JAMES (feigning disappointment) Aah, I’ve already seen it. GLEN Me too. BEN So why do you want to see it again then? GLEN (looking at James) If you’d seen it, you wouldn’t need to ask. JAMES (quickly) Yep. GLEN (to James) The original. Better or worse? JAMES Ooooh. Worse? GLEN Correct. BEN (chipping in) I really liked the first one. GLEN (to James, ignoring Ben) -Obviously very true to the graphic novels. BEN I haven’t read the comic books. Glen stares blankly at Ben then looks back to James. GLEN The ending. Thoughts? JAMES Pretty good?... left it open for the third.

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CONTINUED: GLEN Of course. You’ve seen who they’ve cast for the next film. JAMES (dodging the question) Anyway, Ben, weren’t we meant to be meeting Emma? BEN What? Oh yeah. JAMES (quickly) -Sorry, Glen, we actually gotta head off. GLEN (disappointed) What about Thor? JAMES Sorry man, maybe another time. He hastily leaves with Ben in tow. JAMES I feel like I actually have seen it now. 7 INT. CAFETERIA. DAY.

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James and Ben are eating sushi in a quiet cafeteria. In the background, an Asian sushi employee clears plates of sushi from adjacent tables. Johnny saunters over and sits down. JOHNNY Look at all this. What happened to real Aussie food? Like fish and chips. Kebabs. JAMES Have you ever tried it? JOHNNY Nah, all this Chinese shit, full of MSG. JAMES What, sushi? The Asian guy reaches their table.

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JOHNNY Sushi, crab, dog, cat, they’ll eat anything. Ben and James look on horrified. 8 INT. UNIVERSITY FOYER. DAY. The foyer is packed with various stalls promoting university clubs and sports teams. Dozens of students mill about and collect promotional freebies. Ben and James notice Emma waiting by herself. They exchange pleasantries and walk aimlessly around to peruse the various stalls. They pass a stall titled ’Socialist Alternative’ and the MALE STUDENT behind the counter tries to engage them in conversation. MALE STUDENT Hey, you there. Do you know that the world’s elite hide more than $20 trillion dollars in tax havens? Which is enough to give everyone in the world $2000 or pay off third world debt... And it’s the result of our consumerist, materialistic society, which has culminated in a bigger gap between rich and poor than any other time in human history... His iPad vibrates and he stops talking to read the notification. He takes his time and holds up a finger to the others to stop them interrupting. EMMA (feigning curiosity) Is that the new iPad? MALE STUDENT (finishing the message) Yeah, it is, it’s great. 12 Megapixel camera, live video, voice commands. Here, watch this. (to his iPad) Find um, video, locate video for Chinese labour, ah, rally, find rally film... I’ll just do it manually, it’s quicker. (CONTINUED)

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He fiddles with the iPad for a second then shows them a video. MALE STUDENT You guys got a TV yeah? Flat screen, LCD, all that? Where do you think they’re made? Australia, right? BEN NoMALE STUDENT -No, they’re not, all made in China by factory workers earning only 3 yuan an hour, you know how much that is in dollars? I’ll tell you how much it is. He slowly calculates it on his iPad. MALE STUDENT $15 an hour. JAMES $15 an hour? That’s pretty good. EMMA Is that before tax? MALE STUDENT (to himself) Hang on, that can’t be right. He recalculates it. MALE STUDENT $35 dollars- cents... 35 cents. Would you work for 35 cents? BEN Probably not. MALE STUDENT (making quotation marks with his hands) So next time you’re buying a "cappuccino" or picking up a copy of "Mx"JAMES -But Mx is free.

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MALE STUDENT Exactly. BEN Ok, well, thanks man. They turn to leave. MALE STUDENT Wait, before you go. He offers them a promotional pen. JAMES (taking the pen) Cheers. They walk away, James looking closely at the pen as they leave. JAMES Hmm, made in China. A 19-year-old student, RACHEL, carrying a handful of leaflets, strides purposefully up to them. RACHEL (interrupting) -Hi, guys, I’m Rachel, (pointing to her name badge) I’m on the student union, and we’re having this totally awesome party for O-week tonight. Are you guys first years? JAMES Yeah. RACHEL Great, and what are you guys studying? JAMES I’m doing Communications, he’s doing Arts, and she’sRACHEL (interrupting) -Arts? You’ll certainly be free then. She looks condescendingly at Ben and turns to Emma.

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RACHEL What about you? EMMA Primary school teaching. RACHEL Oh, that’s nice. (pointing to herself) Business law... As if you needed any more convincing... (beat) Here’s the flyer, and I’m sure I’ll see you all there. She hands out flyers to each of them. She smiles fakely and leaves. EMMA She seems lovely. BEN (mock indignation) I’ll tell you what, I’m getting sick of people not taking Arts seriously. Emma rolls her eyes at him. JAMES (reading the flyer) Toga Party. Free shots for everyone who dresses up. BEN Yeah but no one actually dresses up for these things. JAMES What? Of course they do. BEN We’re not in primary school anymore. JAMES Fine, don’t dress up, we’ll see who’s laughing when you’re the only one not wearing a toga. CUT TO:

20. 9 INT. NIGHT CLUB QUEUE. NIGHT. James, wearing an impressive home-made toga waits dejectedly in a busy queue, surrounded by dozens of students in normal clothing. Ben stands next to him, also dressed normally. JAMES This isn’t happening. BEN What did you expect? JAMES People in togas. Obviously. They arrive at the front of the queue and the BOUNCER stops them. BOUNCER IDs boys. Ben and James take out their IDs. Ben hands his to the bouncer who scrutinises it closely. He looks up at Ben, who waits nervously. BOUNCER Date of birth. BEN 2nd April 1996. BOUNCER Address? BEN 16 Wilson St. BOUNCER (handing back the license) How many you had? BEN Just the one. I’ve lived there my whole life. The bouncer looks at Ben incredulously. James stares at Ben in slight disbelief and quickly hands the bouncer his own license. JAMES (quickly) 4 October 1993. 6 Bell Place. The bouncer looks at James suspiciously. (CONTINUED)

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BOUNCER What star sign? JAMES Um, Libra. He looks at James impassively for a second and then calls over another bouncer, BILL, who is checking other IDs. BOUNCER (gesturing to James) Oi, Bill, what do you think? Bill slowly looks James up and down. BILL (to Bouncer) ...Aries? BOUNCER Libra. BILL No way. BOUNCER I had him down for a Leo myself. James and Ben react. 10 INT. CLUB ENTRANCE. NIGHT. James and Ben enter the club and approach the DOOR GIRL. DOOR GIRL (to James) Oh, another toga. James looks at Ben as if to say ’I told you so’. JAMES So there’s others in there then? DOOR GIRL Yep, there was a guy just a couple of minutes ago. Went home to get changed though. You got your student cards? Ben and James look at each other.

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JAMES We lost them. DOOR GIRL You lost them? It’s week one. Emma arrives and kisses Ben. DOOR GIRL How do I know you’re students? EMMA (gesturing to Ben) It’s ok, he’s with me. She stamps Ben’s arm. DOOR GIRL (pointing to James) What about him? Emma looks at James mischieviously for a second. EMMA (shaking her head) No. James stares witheringly at Emma as she accompanies Ben inside. DOOR GIRL (to James) I can still let you in. JAMES Great. DOOR GIRL You’ll have to pay though. JAMES (resignedly) How much. DOOR GIRL $15. James, annoyed, hands over the money and gets a stamp. He walks over to Ben and Emma who are talking to Rachel. RACHEL Hello! I’m so glad you guys made it. (CONTINUED)

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She notices James’s outfit and smirks. JAMES Why aren’t you dressed up? RACHEL You didn’t take the toga thing too seriously, did you? JAMES No, of course not, I always dress like this when I’m going to a party. (beat) Where are the shots? RACHEL Sorry, they’re all gone. JAMES To who? RACHEL The guests. JAMES But none of the guests are wearing togas. The invite said, free shots for those who dress up. RACHEL Yes, butJAMES (simply) -I’m going home. BEN Not by chariot, I hope. JAMES Fuck off. They stand around awkwardly for a moment. Rachel turns and swans off to the next group of people. RACHEL (in background) Hello! I’m so glad you guys made it.

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EXT. OUTSIDE AREA. NIGHT. Ben and James are milling around in a crowded outside area. Emma walks out and hands Ben a drink. JAMES I thought uni was going to be different, you know. A new start. EMMA Don’t worry, people will have forgotten about it by tomorrow. A GUY walks passed and sees James. GUY (laughing) Nice dress bro. James looks despairingly at Emma. Ben is looking distractedly off into the crowd. BEN Hey, isn’t that the guy from the sushi place? JAMES What, where? BEN (pointing) Over there, look. That’s him, right? JAMES I don’t know, it could be. BEN No, it’s definitely him. We should apologise. Don’t you think we should apologise? JAMES I dunno... it’s pretty awkward. BEN Yeah, but I feel bad about it. Come on, let’s just do it. Ben walks over to the guy with James following unenthusiastically. The guy is talking to his friends and Ben interrupts.

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CONTINUED: BEN (to Japanese guy) Hey man, how’s it going? JAPANESE GUY (taken aback) I’m good, how are you? BEN Listen, I just wanted to apologise about today. JAPANESE GUY Apologise for what? BEN You know, this afternoon, the things our friend was sayingJAPANESE GUY -I’m not sureBEN (cutting him off) -You were working. At the sushi place. And our friend was making some generalisations, we just want to clear the air, let you know thatJAPANESE GUY -I don’t work at-

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James, realising they have the wrong guy, inhales sharply and cautiously tries to interject as Ben rattles on. BEN -we know you don’t just eat anything - dog, cat... horse. I mean, you might, and that’s fine too. JAPANESE GUY Look, I’m sorry, but I think you’ve got the wrong guy. BEN But(dawning comprehension) -ooh... ooooohh. (turning to James) He looks just like him. Same face and everything.

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CONTINUED: JAPANESE GUY Same face? What does that mean? BEN (gesturing to his own face) No, no, you really do look like him. I’m so sorry. JAMES -Honest mistake. JAPANESE GUY Forget about it. James and Ben hover in awkward silence for a couple of seconds. BEN ... Anyone want a drink? 12 INT. CLUB BAR. NIGHT.

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James has ordered a couple of drinks and aggressively finishes one. An indieish girl, NATALIE, notices him and walks over. NATALIE Whoa, slow down Caligula. JAMES Very good. NATALIE Nice shoes, are they period? JAMES (feigning disappointment) Ooh, the first one was better. NATALIE I’m joking, you look nice. Or at least you would, if it was 41 AD... and not 2012JAMES -They’re getting worse. NATALIE What’s wrong with you anyway? (beat) Trouble with the Gauls again? James shakes his head in slight amusement.

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EXT. OUTSIDE AREA. NIGHT. Ben and Emma are talking casually. Johnny recognizes Ben and swaggers over with a shot in each hand. Johnny extends his hand to shake Ben’s, realizes he is holding a shot, so drinks it and tosses it away to shake Ben’s hand. BEN (shaking hands, gesturing to Emma) Hey man. This is Emma. Johnny looks at Emma and does a slight double-take. JOHNNY Emma? BEN Emma my girlfriend. JOHNNY (impressed) ...Her? Johnny looks back and forth between Ben and Emma in slight disbelief, before throwing up his hand eagerly to high five Ben, who does not share the same enthusiasm. EMMA Who are you? JOHNNY (pointing to Ben) He hasn’t told you? I’m Johnny... the one in the band. EMMA What band? JOHNNY The Homophonics. EMMA Sorry?

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INT. BAR. NIGHT. James and Natalie are flirting. Glen sidles up from behind James, and addresses him while looking off into the distance. GLEN Looks like we’re the only two that can read. Invite clearly said Toga Party. He exhales loudly and sips his beer. James looks at him blankly. GLEN (cont, beat) ... and the beer’s shit.

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INT. MEN’S BATHROOM. NIGHT. James is waiting in line for a cubicle in a crowded bathroom. Ben walks in, lines up for the urinal and then notices James. BEN (loudly) It’s a real sausage fest in here. James looks at him bemusedly as a couple of others look at him strangely. BEN (to James) Why are you lining up over there? The line’s shorter here. JAMES (quietly) I want a cubicle. BEN Why? You doing a shit? JAMES NoBEN -Cause if you’re just taking a piss I’ll wait, but if you’re doing a shit I’ll just head back.

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The guys around them react as James stews in embarrassment. The MAN in line behind James leans forward and taps him on the shoulder. MAN (to James) If you’re not, can I go in front? I really need one. James reacts. JAMES Why not. GUY 2 passes James on his way out. GUY 2 Wrong bathroom mate. JAMES Cheers. GUY 2 Should be in the ladies mate. JAMES Yep. GUY 2 Cause of the dress. JAMES Got it. 16 EXT. OUTSIDE AREA. NIGHT. Ben, Emma and Johnny are talking. EMMA -Out of the frying pan, into the fire. JOHNNY (confused) What? EMMA Sorry? JOHNNY Frying pan? What are you talking about?

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CONTINUED: EMMA It’s a phrase. You know, for when a bad situation gets worse. JOHNNY Why not just say that then? EMMA It’s just a more descriptive way of... describing something. BEN (chiming in) Say you came home and your house has been robbed, which is bad, and then it catches on fire and burns down. That would be out of the frying pan, into the fire. A bad situation gets worse. Get it? JOHNNY (missing the point) Does it always involve fire? BEN No, that was just an example. It works for any situation that goes even more pear-shapedJOHNNY (confused) -Pear-shap-? BEN -Gets even worse. JOHNNY Ok. (beat) I still don’t really get it. Why is going from a sauce paEMMA (correcting) -Frying pan. JOHNNY Right, frying pan. Why is going from that to a fire worse? A frying pan, yeah it’s hot, but you’d burn really slowly. The fire - in there, dead, over and done with. Ben and Emma react.

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CONTINUED: BEN (after a few seconds, to Johnny) So when’s your next gi-

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Johnny spots an attractive girl across the crowd and holds up a silencing finger. JOHNNY (interrupting) -Whoa whoa whoa. Ben looks confused. JOHNNY (beckoning to Ben) Oi Ben, I’m gonna need you on this one. BEN What one? JOHNNY That girl over there. You’re gonna tell her, let’s say... (looking away) Hey, it’s that sushi guy. (beat) Anyway, we were at the beach the other day, drowning kid, I’ve spotted him, you say ’I’ll go get help’, I say, ’there’s no time’, paddle out, rescue him, mum crying. Ben looks at him confused. JOHNNY (cont) Then just say you’re going to get a drink and leave me alone with her. Right? Easy. Johnny walks off, pulling a reluctant Ben along by the shoulder. BEN (breaking free) How we going to bring it up? JOHNNY Just play it cool. Ben looks slightly panicked. They reach the GIRL.

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JOHNNY (to girl) How’s it going? GIRL I’m good, how are you? JOHNNY Good, good. You’re a first-year as welBEN (interrupting) -Do you like the beach? Johnny and the girl looked at him strangely. GIRL Um, I guess, yeah. BEN Well we were there the other day, and Johnny’s spotted a kid drowning, and before I could even do anything, Johnny’s said... JOHNNY -I’ll go get help! Johnny realises his mistake. Ben looks on speechless. GIRL (to Ben) So what did you do? Ben looks at Johnny helplessly. BEN (beat) Um...I said, ’there’s no time for help’... GIRL What happened? Did you save him? BEN ...Yep. The girl looks at him in admiration. BEN Anyway, I’m going to get a drink.

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GIRL I’ll come! BEN (taken aback) ...Alright. He glances at Johnny who looks at him darkly. The girl leads Ben to the bar and Johnny walks back to Emma. Ben turns back and looks helplessly at Emma. EMMA (to Johnny) What happened? Where’s he going? JOHNNY Your boyfriend fucked it up. 17 INT. CLUB BAR. NIGHT. James and Natalie are talking at the bar. James spots Ben with the other girl waiting at the other end of the bar. James looks at him confused and Ben looks back at him helplessly. NATALIE (to James) So are you going to make a move? JAMES Sorry? NATALIE Us, here, are you going to make a move? He looks at her indecisively for a second then leans in awkwardly and kisses her. 18 EXT. OUTSIDE AREA. NIGHT. Ben walks sheepishly over to Johnny and Emma who are standing in awkward silence. EMMA Where’s your new girlfriend? BEN I came clean. Told her the truth.

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EMMA Really? BEN Yep. Told her I had a girlfriend, it was all a misunderstanding. The girl breezes over and touches Ben on the arm. GIRL (to Ben) So you’ll call me? BEN ...Yep. The girl saunters away. Emma looks at Ben scornfully. EMMA You’re not calling her. BEN No, of course I’m not. EMMA ...So you’re just going to lead her on and never talk to her again? BEN (confused) What? No... Wait. Emma storms off and Johnny shakes his head disapprovingly at Ben. 19 INT. CLUB. NIGHT. James and Natalie are kissing passionately in a busy corner of the club. Natalie breaks off, takes James’s hand and leans in to his ear. NATALIE Follow me. She leads him by the hand.

35. 20 INT. CLUB. NIGHT. Natalie is leading James to the disabled bathroom. They reach the door, open it, and enter. Another MAN 2 grabs the door as it’s closing and they turn around. JAMES What are you doing? MAN 2 Nothing mate, just checking everything’s ok in here. JAMES (closing the door) Yeah, we’re fine. MAN 2 (blocking the door) It’s just, it’s a disabled toilet. JAMES Do you need to use it? MAN 2 Nah mate, but someone else might. JAMES So what’s it to you then? MAN 2 Nothing, just wouldn’t want you getting in any trouble. JAMES Just fuck off. MAN 2 Hey I’m just looking out for ya mate. JAMES How are you helping me out? Natalie sighs in frustration and pushes past the others and out the door. MAN (smugly) Just trying to do the right thing. He let’s go of the door and leaves. James, annoyed, sits down on the toilet seat. His toga drops off his shoulder and sighs in resignation.

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