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Brett Walpole

Coolesville

=COLOUR BLIND= AKA ON THE ROAD TO COOLESVILLE


TITLES : SUMMER SKY-SCAPE - DAY MUSIC : "Incredible India" (Ethnic)

A sky-scape comes to life in a speeded up time-lapse shot of small white clouds travelling towards and over through the blue sky. Cartoon animated letters.

"COLOUR BLIND" Clouds slow to real time speed.

EXT. COUNTRYSIDE - SUMMER SUNSHINE DAY

Tilting down to reveal DELBERT (30), a dapper gent in a grey three piece suit with white shirt, sporting a grey newsboy flat cap and wrap-around black Ray Ban sunglasses. He is sitting calmly astride an ice box with "Cool Box" written on it in brightly coloured graffiti style letters. His white stick across his lap, his dog, HERBIE, sits to one side.

DISSOLVE TO:

EXT. COUNTRY LANE - DAY
MUSIC : "Cocktails" (Mellow Jazz)

Two very square travellers, a girl FRAN (21) and a guy FRANK (23) walk next to each other. They carry back-packs, wear thick spectacles, sandals with socks, and full hiking clothes. Frank has a centre-parting and Fran a frizzy mess. Frank carries a map and a compass around his neck.

FRAN
How much further do you think it is

to Coolesville?

FRANK
Based on the data from my

pedometer, we have five point two kilometres more to travel. If we continue at our present rate we should arrive at the outskirts of Coolesville in... fifty-one minutes, barring unforeseen interruptions that is.

FADE IN:

FRAN
I so appreciate being accurately

informed as to the nature of foreseeable future events.

FRANK
Roger that. Just think, soon we'll

be cool.

FRAN
Copy that. Smooth and Cool.

EXT. COUNTRY LANE - DAY
MUSIC : "56 Caddy" (50s Retro)

DISSOLVE TO:

Two impossibly cool travellers, a girl TAMSIN (22) and a guy CUTHBERT (24) walk next to each other. They pull cabin trolley suitcases on wheels, wear designer labelled clothes, and branded trainers. Their haircuts are oversized coiffured styles.

CUTHBERT
I hope the sorry losers in

Squaretown will come to understand that we'll be running the show from now on.

TAMSIN
Mostly people just don't know

what's good for them, they need to be told, and shown, how to have a good time, how move up in the world.

CUTHBERT
Yeah, I know where you're coming

from. It's like you have to think for them, make them understand there are better ways to live.

TAMSIN
You know we stand a good chance of

clearing up when we get to Squaretown, they won't know what's hit them. It'll be taking candy from a baby.

CUTHBERT
Someone has to take the initiative

and assume the entrepreneurial lead.

TAMSIN
You must speculate to accumulate.

EXT. COUNTRY LANE - DAY
MUSIC : Delbert's theme : "Incredible India"

DISSOLVE TO:

Delbert is sitting beside the path on his cool box with Herbie next to him. He talks to himself, occasionally moving his hands about, with his white stick in one of them.

DELBERT
Some who are square seek to be

cool, whilst there are others who may have over-cooled in some way and seek to exploit this 'hyper- cool' state. It must be very hard work being so fiendishly cool twenty-four hours a day, everyday.

The square couple, Fran and Frank walk up to Delbert and stop in front of him. He looks around them, then side to side.

FRAN
Hi there blind man.

Frank looks at Fran in disbelief at her greeting. Delbert touches his sunglasses, looks around and about, takes his white stick, taps their legs, then looks to the sky.

DELBERT There are two of you.

FRANK
Yes, Hi, I'm here too.

Frank raises his hand.

DELBERT
From where do you travel?

FRANK
We come from Squaretown.

Frank half-heartedly motions back to his left, towards Squaretown. Herbie the dog, looks in the same direction.

DELBERT
What is your destination?

FRAN
We're going to Coolesville.

Fran motions towards Coolesville. Herbie now looks that way.

DELBERT
Coolesville is.... special, but

beware, there will be those, cooler than yourselves, if you can imagine such a thing, who will attempt to better you and even separate you from that which you value. You must remain true to yourselves, stay who you are and, if at first you do not 'blend in' as you hope, be unafraid, for soon you will learn the new ways of the place in which you have arrived.

FRAN
Thank you for your words of wisdom

kind man. Your advice may well be of great value to us, thank you.

DELBERT
By way of good karma do you think

you could spare a few pesos by which a poor travelling man could buy a square meal?

FRANK Certainly.

Frank puts his hand into his pocket to give money to Delbert, putting it in his outstretched hand. Delbert weighs it up.

DELBERT
A little light for change, a little

heavy for a note. Man's gotta eat. Frank puts gives Delbert some more money.

DELBERT (CONT’D)
Thank you, now be on your way, good

luck and be careful of strangers, there are many in these parts.

FRAN Thank you.

DELBERT Continue on your journey.

Delbert waves his white stick to motion them along towards Coolesville and the couple continue. When they are out of earshot... Fran and Frank look at each other.

FRAN
What a nice old blind man.

FRANK
Yes, he was a very nice old blind

man.
Delbert is talking to himself.

DELBERT
Sometimes you have to take a good

look at yourself and ask that deep and profound question; Is it possible to be a little bit cooler? With a bit of effort, surely its got to be possible?!

EXT. COUNTRY LANE - DAY
MUSIC CHANGE : "Summer Vibe" (Upbeat)
The distance closes between the two couples.

CUTHBERT
Hello, here are some strangers. Do

you think we should cross the road?

TAMSIN
No, let's talk to them, they're

most likely harmless. A little way down the track.

FRANK
Unknown couple ahead at twelve

o'clock, engage or avoid?

FRAN
Let's talk to them, they might be

DISSOLVE TO:

cool.
They meet, stopping on a verge by the side of the road.

CUTHBERT
Hey there, could you tell us if

we're on the right road to Squaretown?

FRANK
Yes, it's approximately seven point

two kilometres in that direction.
Frank gestures behind himself. Fran eyes Tamsin up and down.

FRAN
You're not from round here are you?

TAMSIN
Well I was just going to say the

same thing to you!

CUTHBERT
Fact is we're from Coolesville,

back that ways a while.

FRANK
That's so cool, what's it like?

TAMSIN
Oh, it's ok I guess, people are a

bit up themselves, bit too cool for their own good, if you know what I mean.

Fran and Frank look at each other.

FRAN
Too cool you say, is that possible?

Cuthbert and Tamsin look at each other.

CUTHBERT
How about Squaretown, is it er...

as industrious and efficient as we've been lead to believe? I mean are there many opportunities?

FRANK
It is a hard working community and

people know their place, but it's just too, I don't know, square for us.

FRAN
We're hoping Coolesville will be a

little more, more... modern, and er... hip.

TAMSIN
Oh it's both of those alright. Do

you know a place we might find a room for the night?

FRANK
You could try 'The Four Corners

Inn'.

CUTHBERT
Thank you, strange travellers.

FRANK
Thanks, listen we could chat all

day but we'd better make tracks, we have a schedule and itinerary to keep to.

TAMSIN Whatever, you folks enjoy

yourselves, that's the main thing.

FRAN
Thank you, have a groovy time in

Squaretown.

CUTHBERT
Don't over-cook it in Coolesville.

ALL Bye!

When out of ear shot.

FRAN
They were very cool people.

FRANK
Yes, naturally, they were very

cool, that's certainly a valid statement.

A little later...

CUTHBERT Nice couple.

TAMSIN
Yes, they were very... Different.

CUTHBERT
Could do with a major makeover if

you know what I mean.

TAMSIN
Who are we to say what's cool and

what isn't?

CUTHBERT
Well I think we're in a very good

position to do exactly that.

True.

TAMSIN

EXT. COUNTRY LANE - DAY MUSIC : "Incredible India"

Cuthbert and Tamsin soon come across Delbert and Herbie, who are sitting in the same place. They stop opposite him, he hears them coming and looks up.

TAMSIN Hello old blind man.

Cuthbert looks at her in disbelief.
Delbert puts out his stick and taps their legs.

DELBERT
Hello. There are two of you.

CUTHBERT
Yes, hello, I am here too.

Cuthbert waves his hand.

DELBERT
From where do you travel?

TAMSIN
We come from Coolesville.

Tamsin points behind her. Herbie looks that way.

DELBERT
What is your destination?

CUTHBERT
We're going to Squaretown.

Cuthbert points ahead to Squaretown and Herbie looks that way.

DISSOLVE TO:

DELBERT
Squaretown is, special, it will

offer all that you desire, but beware for there will be those, more... unusual, squarer in some ways than yourselves, if you can imagine such a thing, they may resist accepting you, given any unconventional ways you may bring with you. You must keep your cool, be true to your style ethos, furthermore it will become your destiny to spread your cool to all those in need, in the place in which you have arrived.

TAMSIN
Thank you for you wise words kind

old man.

DELBERT
They are of little consequence. All

I ask in return for my words is whether you could see your way to donating some silver so that a poor man might buy himself a cool drink?

CUTHBERT Certainly.

The dog licks his chops. Cuthbert puts his hand in his pocket giving money to Delbert who weighs it up.

DELBERT
A little heavy for a note, a little

light for change. Man feels more of a man if he's got a cold beer.

Cuthbert gives Delbert some more money

DELBERT (CONT’D) Thank you. Now be on your way.

Delbert waves his white stick to urge them on and they leave. When they are a little way along...

TAMSIN
He was a very kind wise old blind

man.

CUTHBERT
Yes, blind but very kind and wise.

Delbert puts the money in his pocket and talks to his dog.

DELBERT
It's a sad fact of life that some

people can be just too cool for their own good, wouldn't you agree Herbie?

Herbie barks.

DELBERT (CONT'D)
And in terms of moving from A to B

they say that the grass is always greener on the other side. What if you've already been to the other side and it really is Greener? What happens if you can only see Green? And most bizarrely what if you don't know what 'Green' really is in the first place?! I just like how it feels under my feet, so real and natural, don't you think?

Delbert wiggles his bare feet in the grass, next to his flip flops then ruffles Herbie's head, and looks around.

DISSOLVE TO:

EXT. COUNTRYSIDE TRACK - DAY
MUSIC : "Cocktails". Fran and Frank are walking along.

FRAN
Do you think we'll need new clothes

when we get to Coolesville?

FRANK
But these are new clothes.

FRAN
No I mean a new style.

FRANK
Tell me what you mean exactly by

this word 'style'?

FRAN
Really, don't you know anything?

EXT. COUNTRY LANE - DAY
MUSIC : "56 Caddy". Cuthbert and Tamsin are walking along.

DISSOLVE TO:

TAMSIN
I hope everyone we meet in

Squaretown is as square as those suckers going to Coolesville. Easy pickings for us.

CUTHBERT
I hope they're not too square. You

don't think we'll be, I don't know what the word is, over-dressed? We'll have to make an effort to blend in you know.

Cuthbert and Tamsin look down at their clothes.

TAMSIN
We'll be fine. Most likely people

will probably want to become more like us.

EXT. COUNTRY LANE - DAY

DISSOLVE TO:

MUSIC : "Cocktails". Fran and Frank have walk towards Coolesville. They stop to take a drink from a water bottle.

FRAN
Do you think, we'll be cool enough

for Coolesville?

FRANK
Certainly, however I believe that

we may have to begin a process of adaptation to our environment. A kind of reinvention if you like.

FRAN
I might buy some new glasses. Or

get a tattoo. Frank looks shocked.

EXT. COUNTRY LANE - DAY

DISSOLVE TO:

Delbert is preparing to leave his spot and talks to himself and to Herbie.

DELBERT
What is it to be cool anyway?

Mmm... Maybe it's all about where you're coming from, or maybe more important, where you're going. It's all a matter of subjective perspective. I wonder with some folks whether they can actually SEE anything at all! You just need your heart to find the truth. I should know right? But then what am I? Just a poor, wise, mystic, guru blind dude in no man's land, neither square nor cool, with only my dog for company.

Herbie barks.

DELBERT (CONT'D)
I've learned a few things from my

particular viewpoint in life though, cool or square, or somewhere in-between, things are rarely quite the way they seem.

MUSIC FADES UP : "70s Gospel"

Delbert stands up, turns his cap back to front, removes his sunglasses and puts them on his head. From the ice box he takes a bottle of lager, opens it with a whoosh using a bottle opener, winks at the camera and takes a drink.

DELBERT (CONT’D) Ahh, now that's cool...

He picks up a camera from behind the cool box, attaches it to the top of his 'white stick', takes a photograph of the film crew, who stay hidden and gives them the thumbs up. Picking up the cool box, he carries the camera on the monopod over his shoulder and walks, drinking from the bottle of lager.

DELBERT (CONT’D) Come on Herbie.

They walk in towards Squaretown, leaving a shot of the fields behind. Suddenly Herbie barks. They re-enter frame, walking back in the opposite direction towards Coolesville.

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