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Brothers

By
Donagh Humphreys

Donagh Humphreys 2013

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INT. MORIARTY FAMILY HOME - KITCHEN - CHRISTMAS NIGHT 1


The remnants of a Christmas feast, the carcass of an
enormous turkey, empty bottles of wine, a half eaten plum
pudding, dishes piled high in the sink.
O/S A Christmas cracker bangs.
MATTY
(V/O)
Why should you invite a mushroom to
your Christmas party? (a beat)
Because hes a fun guy to be with!
All ad lib,laughs and groans.
INT. MORIARTY FAMILY HOME - TV ROOM - CONTINUOUS 1A
Pringles stamped into the carpet, Cadburys roses wrappers
and Home Alone playing on the TV.
MARY (V.O)
What is a specimen? (a beat) An
Italian astronaut.
Ad lib, this time only groans.
INT. MORIARTY FAMILY HOME - SITTING ROOM - CONTINUOUS 1B
MORIARTY FAMILY; MATTY, 23, short and robust, GEORGE, mid
50s, the father, beer gut, unforgiving face, MARY, every
Irish mother rolled into one, early 50s.
Resplendent (or drunk) with colourful paper crowns they
drink digestifs and Irish coffees.
From beside the fire a drunk GEORGIE, 22, handsome, like Han
Solo but with a more modern haircut speaks up.
GEORGIE
Thats derer (he hiccups)
drerogatory and racist.
MARY
I think youve had enough Georgie
pet. Anyway it cant be racist,
sure theyre the same colour as us.
Just better tans is all. And
theyre good Catholics the
Eye-tyes.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

2.

MATTY
I have one for ye, did you hear
about the gay magician? He vanished
with a puff!
The room erupts with laughter except Georgie who eyes narrow
on the collective guffaw.
He knocks over his coffee breaking the crystal glass. Mary
scurries to get a cloth and dustpan.
GEORGE SNR
Well its all well and good to
laugh, but Ill tell you, theres
nothing funny about them. Theyre
selfish - the queers. Like Fr.Regan
said today its all a lifestyle
choice. Worrying stuff...
GEORGIE
(interjecting)
Him lecturing and half of the
priests in Ireland fiddlin
children.
GEORGE SNR
The Church is an easy target.
GEORGIE
Oh and orphans arent?
GEORGE SNR
Answer me this - why are all these
supposedly abused people only
coming out of the woodwork now?
Huh? The smell of a pound maybe?
The mood in the room has become somber - all gearing up for
an argument. Mary reappears carrying a dustpan and brush and
a cloth.
MARY
(defusing as she mops)
No debates now boys, no arguments.
How about some parlor games?
Goergie and George Snr sit, seething.
MATTY
Pictionary!

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

3.
MARY
No, not pictionary Matty love, and
granny half blind.

GRANNY, blinks in the over exaggerated way that very old


people do.
MATTY
Charades so... come on Georgie, the
Grinch that drank Christmas, you
can go first.
Georgie drunkenly gets to his feet.
MATTY (CONTD)
Right an easy one to
start.(whispers to Georgie) Top
Gun.
Georgie eyeballs everyone in the room resting on the
disgruntled gaze of his father. He gathers himself. Mimes a
camera.
MARY
(hysterically)
Film!
Georgie holds up three fingers.
MATTY
Three words?
Georgie holds up one finger, they collectively shout "first
word!". He points towards his eye.
MARY
(competitive)
I!
Georgie holds up two fingers as if giving them to his
father.
GEORGE SNR
(Knowingly)
Second word.
Georgie thinks for a second then mimes the action of eating
his dinner, pointing out to the kitchen. They are stumped
but begin to cop on.
MARY
(hysterically excited)
Turkey! No? No... Im nearly there
though arent I... ham! Ham? Yes!
(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

4.

Georgie motions them to shorten the word.


GEORGE SNR
Am.
Georgie gives him the thumbs up and holds up three fingers.
Matty wonders where Top Gun has gone.
Georgie begins to flap around. An air of confusion envelops
the room. Georgie mimes, admiring somebodys outfit and it
becomes abundantly clear what he is doing.
MATTY
Are you doing the whole concept
thing?
Georgie lets his wrists go limp, hes doing his best Marilyn
Monroe.
GRANNY
I am gay!
Georgie claps his hands and points at Granny.
GEORGIE
Yes!
MARY
(very confused)
Ive never heard of that film!
GEORGIE
Thats right, I... am gay.
The silence is deafening.
Georgie leans right into his fathers face.
GEORGIE (CONTD)
What do you and your priest think
of that? You old fool. (beat)
People dont choose to be gay
unlike you choosing to live with
your hatred and your bigotry.
George Snr doesnt flinch.
GEORGIE (CONTD)
Well? Big George Moriartys son, a
queer. Imagine that! (beat) A Fag!
Stunned silence. It is almost anti-climactic. George Snr
remains stoic. Georgie is breathing heavily, trembling. His
stare fixed on his father, he goes to speak but stops. BANG!
(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

5.

George Snr lunges out of the chair and uppercuts Georgie


flush to the jaw.
CUT TO BLACK:
END OF COLD OPEN
TITLES
ACT I
INT. LONDON, BOARDROOM - DAY 2
SUPER: SEVEN YEARS LATER
A room full of jovial, suited executives and lawyers chat.
Georgie stands at the corner window lost in thought.
A champagne bottle pops and Georgie snaps out of it.
NIGEL PEARSON, Snr. partner at Georgies firm, late 50s,
Saville Row suit, quintessential Brit hands Georgie a glass.
NIGEL
I have to hand it to you Georgie my
boy, Im glad youre on our team.
GEORGIE
Well I learned a long time ago Mr.
Pearson, in a fight - hit first and
hit hard.
Georgie gently rubs his jaw where his father thumped him
that fateful Christmas night.
NIGEL
An invaluable lesson.
GEORGIE
A painful one.
NIGEL
But invaluable. (off Georgies
look) Lets just say you wont have
to wait until Christmas for your
next bonus.
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