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Bubble

Flight


Brett Walpole

DUBIOUS FREEDOMS

OF TROPICAL FISH

TITLES SEQUENCE


To the music, slow motion images of a young couple with their infant son drift by in a nostalgic memory montage. They play together inside an old farmyard barn, throwing hay into the air and at each other with sunlight streaming in through the gaps in the broken walls, and roof. The little boy runs out through the door into blinding sunshine.


FADE OUT.


FADE IN:


EXT. LONDON AERIAL VIEW - DAY

A long shot flies over London, taking in famous landmarks from above, most notably The Houses of Parliament. The shot picks out and homes in on a lone cyclist, cycling at speed through the city streets.


EXT. LONDON STREET - DAY CAPTION :2030

A FEMALE COURIER CYCLIST (18) rides fast through the busy traffic weaving crazily through the cars and then pedestrians as she hops up onto the pavement. She skids to a stop outside a modern building, jumps off, locks her bike to a lamp post and takes a single package out of her pack before entering the building.


INT. LITERARY AGENT OFFICE, SOHO, LONDON - DAY

SUSAN JONES (Arty, Businesslike, 40) sits down at her desk with her coffee. The courier carrying the parcel knocks on her door.


SUSAN

Yep!


COURIER
One parcel to sign for.


Susan signs and takes the package.


SUSAN

Thank you.


The Courier leaves. Susan opens the box.


SUSAN (CONT’D)

Mmm. Paris.


Inside is a large A4 envelope and a letter. As she reads the letter FRANCIS (30), a young English man, calmly speaks the words.


FRANCIS (V/O)
Hi, Susan. Please find enclosed the 
long promised and now finished biography of Raymond Dante. “Long A Sleeper” is not only a portrait of the man himself but a full scale investigation into his life and of course his mysterious death. This is the only copy that exists, in any format, so guard it with your life! It’s also, rather ‘hot’. I’m on holiday with Heather indefinitely but will check in if and when I get back. Cheers. Francis Henderson.


Susan opens the envelope and removes a thick manuscript on the cover of which is written “Long A Sleeper”, “The Unauthorised Biography of Raymond Thierry Dante”. She flicks through it to the end and reads out loud.


SUSAN (V/O)

Looking back in the public record and having spent two years researching the minutiae which I have been able to uncover, it is my belief that Ray T. did, in one single stroke, set in motion the manufacture of his own end. Furthermore I believe that he did so willingly and in full knowledge of the consequences of his actions...


Francis Henderson’s voice begins to fade in over the top of Susan’s and he continues.


FRANCIS (V.O.)
...I have reasoned, rational and 
logical arguments to make this claim and all the evidence I need to prove to myself that they are the truth. I can only trust that my writing is of sufficient quality to persuade you of the same.