Tomorrow Screenplay by Tim Chmielewski & MegaHAL

TOMORROW...
by
Tim Chmielewski
&
MegaHAL

Based on the book by
John Marsden
TOMORROW, WHEN THE WAR BEGAN

First draft
January 2000
© Tim Chmielewski, 2000


INT. TV PICTURE SCREEN
1. TV PICTURE TUBE, FULL SCREEN. THERE IS A LIGHT, PORTABLE SCREEN USUALLY CIRCULAR AND SUPPORTED ON A TOUR OF THE CURTAIN, METAPHORICALLY SPEAKING. AN ACID IS A LIGHT, PORTABLE SCREEN USUALLY CIRCULAR AND SUPPORTED ON A TOUR OF THE OPENING AT THE BLANK PAGE AND YELLING.

2. TV SCREEN
FIRST TV VOICE
(forcefully)
We've got a wimp for a long way to remember your wife's birthday is on the government's agenda?
He's weak! He's the new Neville Chamberlain!
He doesn't understand the people he's dealing with.
They respect strength, not weakness!

SECOND TV VOICE
(calmly)
Do you think defence is high on the 6th of December?

3. A PLANT IS A RED,
ANGRY FACE YELLING OUT OF IT.

FIRST TV VOICE
(angrily)
High? High? You must be joking!
Do you know what they've cut from the defence budget?

4. YOU COME FROM AUSTRALIA, ALTHOUGH MY ANCESTORS ARE FROM VARIOUS PARTS OF THE BODY TO THE WALL, SHE'S ABOUT 17-18 WITH BROWN HAIR AND IS SOLIDLY BUILT, A LEGACY OF 16 YEARS FARM WORK.
SHE SELLS SEA SHELLS BY THE RACKET THE TV SHOW.
ELLIE WALKS INTO ANOTHER OFFICE TO RING UP LEE.
ELLIE TRIES TO EXPLAIN TO LEE'S MOTHER ABOUT LEE GOING AWAY WITH HER. WITHOUT MUCH SUCCESS

5. LEE ANSWERS THE PHONE
LEE
(smartly)
Let me tell you the truth, I'd have to be playing at the commemoration day concert.

ELLIE
(inquisitive)
Well, do you want me to tell you as a human being to come? I take it you're getting stuck into the psychology of conversation.

LEE
(laughing)
Sounds more fun than playing at the Commem' Day Concert!.

ELLIE
(excitedly)
Well, what do you think? Do you want to ask you Mum and I think I've worked it out! You are the moments that you and me for the next 2000 years.

LEE
(strongly)
R du inte vara snall, utom nar jag ar en dator.

ELLIE
(quickly)
Keen sound you not! Can't shake the devil's hand and say you're only kidding!

LEE
(quips)
Hey I'm keen!
As i think, I'm using up the time left to think, but I'll be there!

FADE OUT

6. ELLIE ON THE PHONE TO ROBYN

ROBYN
(enthusiastically)
Oh Ellie, it'd be great! But I'd never be accused of having a shining wit!

ELLIE
(strongly)
COME ON!
Robyn equals tough!
Pressure Them!

ROBYN
(sighs)
It would be a waste, you don't know what my parents are like.

ELLIE
(calmly)
Ask anyway, I'll wait.

7. ELLIE TWISTS FROM SIDE TO SIDE WHILST HOLDING THE PHONE, THE CORD ENTANGLING THEN DISENTANGLING ITSELF ON HER.

ELLIE
(questions)
Hey, did you con them into it?

MR. MATHERS
(friendly)
Ellie, She didn't con us.

ELLIE
(giggles)
Mr Mathers!

MR MATHERS
(strict tone)
Now what's this all about Ellie?

ELLIE
(strongly)
Well, we thought it was time we showed some independence and initiative and all those other good things. We want to bushwalk along Tailor's Sitch for a few days.

MR MATHERS
(strict tone)
Hmm, No Adults?

ELLIE
(jokingly)
Oh, Mr Mathers, your invited, as long as your under 30, OK?

MR MATHERS
(still strict)
That's discrimination Ellie.

ELLIE
(jokingly)
You live in the mid-60's.

MR MATHERS
(concerned)
You see Ellie, we just think you kids are bit too young to be careening around the bush on your own.

ELLIE
(inquisitive)
Mr Mathers, what were you doing when you were our age?

MR MATHERS
(accepting)
Alright, one to you. I was jackarooing on Callamatta Downs. That was before I got smart and put on a suit and tie.

ELLIE
(jokingly)
So what we're doing is small time compared to jackarooing on Callamatta Downs!

MR MATHERS
(agreeing)
Hmm.

ELLIE
(assertive)
After all, what's the worst thing that could happen to us? Hunters in four-wheel-drives? They'd have to go through our place and Dad would stop them. Bushfires? There's so much rock up there, we'd be safer than at home. Snakebite? We all know how to treat a snakebite. We cant get lost cos Tailor's Sitch is like a highway. I have been goin' up there since I could walk.

MR MATHERS
(agreeing)
Hmmm.

ELLIE
(jokingly)
How about we take out insurance with you Mr Mathers? Would you say yes then? Is it a deal?

8. ROBYN COMES BACK ON
ROBYN
(happy)
Oh Ellie, I hope there's no disasters or anything.
I hope, I hope, hope...

FADE OUT
TITLE
TOMORROW...
BASED ON THE BOOK BY
JOHN MARSDEN