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Lockdown - a short film script

Updated: Sep 4, 2020

INT. EDNA'S LIVING ROOM / BAY WINDOW - DAY


EDNA (mid-80s, outspoken battleaxe) peers out the window. Stares fixedly through the net curtains. Home-phone in hand, wrapped in the cord, she spies on her next door NEIGHBOURS (father and teenage daughter, KATY), sunbathing in the garden.


POLICE MAN (O.S.)

... Mrs. Wilder, 999 is only meant

for emergencies --


EDNA

Young man, if breaking the corona

virus rules isn't an emergency, I

don't know what is!


POLICE MAN (O.S.)

Your neighbours sitting in their

garden 'drinking Stella from the

can' is not a breach of the COVID-

19 measures, ma'am --


EDNA

But he's not wearing a shirt, his

gut alone is an offence --


Headphones in, Katy bobs her head to the beat as she writes in her notebook. Despite the heat, Katy is dressed head to toe in baggy clothes.


POLICE MAN (O.S.)

Now, I'll have to ask you to hang

up, and if you do witness a breach

to please refer to our GMP website

to report --


EDNA

A website? I'm not a teenager,

nor am I a pervert, I don't waste

my pension on that Internet

nonsense. You should listen to

what I have to say now, it's not

like I have nothing better to do.

I'll sue for repetitive strain

injury if I have to hold this phone

any longer.


POLICE MAN (O.S.)

Mrs. Wilder, this is the fourth

time you've called in two weeks.

Ringing 999 for inappropriate

reasons are potentially putting

lives at risk. Do you have someone

there who cares for you, are you

on your own?


EDNA

Pfft! On my own? Chance would be

a fine thing. I have um... my husband,

and family and... and neighbours

calling me every five seconds,

doing things for me. I'd pay to

get a bit peace around here! --


INT. EDNA'S LIVING ROOM / BAY WINDOW - LATER


Empty. Quiet. An AMBULANCE SIREN lights up the street. Edna rushes to the window.

The siren stops a few doors down. Edna watches concerned. Scared, she backs away from the window. No-one is there to comfort her.


She places a CD in the player. A picture of her and her late husband, singing in the choir, sits on the table. Presses play. Choir music fills the room. Edna breathes in. She sings along. It soothes her. Until, the siren sounds again. She turns up the volume.


INT. KATY'S BEDROOM - DAY

Choir music explodes through the wall. Sat in bed writing, Katy angrily pulls out her headphones. A rap beat can be heard. Edna's voice vibrates through the room.


KATY

You've got to be kiddin' me.

Katy persists. Headphones back in. Picks up her pen.

KATY (CONT'D)

(quietly raps)

I’m 15 but it’s covid-19, ma life’s

postponed, its cut-throat, I need

to get out! But don't. Katy gives up.

BANG, BANG, BANG! Katy bangs on the wall.

KATY (CONT'D)

TURN IT DOWN!

Katy bangs again, but the music only gets louder.


INT. EDNA'S LIVING ROOM - CONTINUOUS

Edna turns up the volume. Eyes filled with tears as she sings louder.


BANG, BANG!


KATY (O.S.)

TURN IT DOWN!!! ARE YOU CRAZY?!


INT. EDNA'S LIVING ROOM - LATER

Alone, Edna watches the Coronavirus Daily Update on TV --


NEWS REPORTER (O.S.)

... it came after Boris Johnson's

announcement of prolonging the

lockdown...


Edna looks around her empty house.


INT. KATY'S BEDROOM - CONTINUOUS


Alone, Katy watches the same update on her phone in bed --


NEWS REPORTER (O.S.)

... for a further three weeks,

confining the nation to their homes,

only being allowed out for essential

food shopping and one hour of

exercise...

ON PHONE:

Message arrives from JACK.

NO SCHOOL FOR 3 MORE WEEKS! (happy emojis)

Katy rolls over. Bored, and depressed.

Katy replies:

#LOVINLOCKDOWN (heart emoji)


Drops the phone. Stares at her poster of Eminem.


INT. EDNA'S LIVING ROOM - CONTINUOUS


BUZZ! The TV flickers.


EDNA

Oh, stupid thing!


It becomes unwatchable. Edna scoffs. Investigates further. Pulls the TV out to deal with the aerial and wires.


EDNA (CONT'D)

For heaven's sake, that damn cowboy

electrician. Should've wrapped

that cable around his bleeding

neck. £150 my eye. Biggest waste

of money --


Now nearer the wall, Edna can hear Katy rapping. Edna places her ear to the wall.


KATY (O.S.)

(raps)

Can I make your lonely my new friend

today? / Can I make your lonely my

new friend always? / Cause I’m

feeling lonely, lonely. / I’m lonely...


INT. KATY'S BEDROOM - CONTINUOUS


ON PHONE: Katy records her rap. Not a natural performer, her hand and body movements are awkward:


KATY

(raps quietly)

I’m 15 but it’s covid-19, ma life’s

postponed, its cut-throat, I need

to get out. But don’t. / Forget

school milestones. Don’t you dare

moan... Pandemics... profound but I just..

I just... AGGGHHHH!


Katy stops recording. Rewinds. Watches the footage. It's awful.


She falls back on her bed. Head in hands.


INT. EDNA'S LIVING ROOM - CONTINUOUS


Edna shuffles closer behind the TV to hear more clearly.


SMASH! Edna knocks the picture frame to the floor.


EDNA

Oh, for pity's sake, Edna, you old

fool!


Picks up the shards of glass but cuts her finger. It's deep. Blood seeps.


She wraps it with a towel. In shock and scared, she looks for help but no-one is there.


INT. KATY'S BEDROOM - CONTINUOUS


Katy's concentration is broken once again when choir music bellows through the walls.


KATY

What the...? Oh no you don't!

Not again!


Katy storms out.


INT / EXT. EDNA'S FRONT DOOR - CONTINUOUS


KNOCK, KNOCK, BANG, BANG!


Edna peers out. Slightly opens the door to Katy, who stands 2 meters back.


KATY

CAN YOU TURN IT DOWN?


EDNA

I'm sorry?


KATY

TURN THE MUSIC DOWN!


Edna scoffs and shuts the door. Katy throws her hands in the air at a loss.


KATY (CONT'D)

(to herself)

What the actual hell, lady? --


The music stops. Edna opens the door again.


EDNA

Are you still here?


KATY

I came to ask you to turn the music

down.


EDNA

Yes, well it's down now, and you're

breaking corona rules, I should

report you.


KATY

I'm standing 2 meters back, and I

wouldn't have come over if you

weren't being so loud --


Katy spots Edna's bloody towel and finger.


KATY (CONT'D)

What's that, are you alright?


EDNA

Don't I look alright?


KATY

You're bleedin'.


EDNA

I lived through the war I can handle

a little cut thank you very much,

and there's a 'G' at the end of

bleeding, now if you don't mind?

You kids today, a little scratch

and you call 999.


KATY

You need to bandage that up, stops

the bleeding and stops gettin' an

infection.


EDNA

Alright Miss Holby City, when I

need medical advice I'll go to the

doctors.


KATY

But you can't right now, it's not

worth endangering yourself, exposing

you to, you know...


Edna takes a beat.


EDNA

Yes well, I seem to be out of

plasters.


KATY

Wait here one minute, okay, I'll

be right back.


Edna rolls her eyes. Katy runs to her house.


EXT. EDNA'S FRONT DOOR - MOMENTS LATER


Katy stands (2 meters away) whilst Edna bandages her finger using Katy's first aid box.


EDNA

Did you wash your hands before you

gave me this?!


KATY

Yes, I told you I did, didn't I?


EDNA

Speak to adults like that in school

do you?


Katy rolls her eyes.


KATY (CONT'D)

I don't need it, gonna be a rapper

aint I?


EDNA

I don't know, are you?


KATY

I write it all too, all my own

stuff, every last word.


EDNA

From your many years of life

experience, I'm sure you have some

profound things to say!


KATY

Old enough to know sarcasm.


EDNA

Come on then, let's hear something.


KATY

Now?


EDNA

Are you waiting for backup singers?

A mic?


KATY

No, I just. Most people

just laugh at me when I tell 'em I

wanna be a rapper.


EDNA

Hm, yes, most people are idiots.

Edna motions for Katy to start.


KATY

No way!


EDNA

And why not?


KATY

Because!


EDNA

Because of what?


KATY

Thing is, I'm not... I'm not great

at performin'. Writin' I can do!

But, rappin' infront of people?


EDNA

Oh, I see. Well, practice makes

progress, keep working and one day

you'll be a professional, now stop

stalling, I'm not getting any

more comfortable sat here.


Katy shakes her head.


EDNA (CONT'D)

COME ON!


KATY

Okay! Sshh, keep it down, geez.

(beat)

Ahem.

(quietly)

Can I make your lonely my new friend

today? / Can I make your lonely my

new friend always? /


Katy awkwardly motions with her hands.


KATY (CONT'D)

Cause I’m feeling lonely, lonely.

I’m lonely -


EDNA

Well, you'll need to be louder

than that, I can't hear a thing!


KATY

Okay!


EDNA

And loosen up, you look like you're

being controlled by remote control!

If you're going to be a

professional, you need to act like

one, where's your rhythm, girl?


Katy is deflated.


KATY

Screw you!


EDNA

Excuse me, never mind your hands,

I should wash your mouth out with

soap!


KATY

WHATEVER! What the hell do you

know?


EDNA

I know you need to shout it out,

with some spirit!


Katy storms back to her house. Slams the door shut.


EDNA (CONT'D)

I never said it wasn't good, Katy,

I was giving constructive criticism!

(to herself)

Oh Edna, you old fool.


INT. KATY'S BEDROOM - MOMENTS LATER


Katy runs into her room crying. Dives into bed, sobbing.

Punches the pillow in frustration.

INT. EDNA'S LIVING ROOM - CONTINUOUS


Edna turns the TV on in frustration.

BANG! The TV wires blow.


Edna jumps.


The fuse box has blown, all the electricity in the house is out. Edna panics. She goes to the CD player but it's dead. She presses 'PLAY' over and over but without electricity it's useless.


INT. KATY'S BEDROOM - CONTINUOUS


Katy wipes her tears.


When she hears Edna through the walls -


EDNA (O.S.)

(singing loudly)

Can I make your lonely my new friend

today? / Can I make your lonely my

new friend always? / Cause I’m

feeling lonely, lonely. / I’m lonely.


INT. EDNA'S LIVING ROOM - CONTINUOUS

Edna waits by the wall.


EDNA (CONT'D)

(shouts)

Come on! No one is watching. No

excuses!

(sings)

Can I make your lonely my new friend

today? / Can I make your lonely my

new friend always? / Cause I’m

feeling lonely, lonely. / I’m lonely.


Beat.


KATY (O.S.)

(raps)

I'm 15 but it's covid-19, ma life's

postponed, its cut-throat, I need

to get out! But don't.


Edna smiles.


EDNA

LOUDER!


INT. KATY'S BEDROOM - CONTINUOUS


KATY

(raps loudly)

Forget school milestones! Don't

you dare moan, can't you see all

those new gravestones? / Pandemics

profound, but I just miss knockin

around, it's like a horror movie

on the merry-go-round. / Fundamental

touch disallowed, walls cavin in

all around, this idle mind is like

a devil's playground.


Look around its lockdown, nothins

allowed, stand 2 meters back n

follow the signs on the ground. /

Shoppin towns drown, incomes never

found, debts on the compound, my

mum's car's at impound. / His wife

is dyin, her nurse is tryin, whizz

kids' braincells we relyin, still

the death toll is arisin'. / Mental

strife n lockdown collidin, bad

thoughts inside heightened, my

boy from school took his own

life (!), he died and ...


Katy takes a beat.


INTERCUT


Edna feels for Katy.


KATY (CONT'D)

15 like me his name was Ryan, I'll remember

him as a titan (!) / Teens know nothin,

now we know somethin - grief n bein

frightened.


Edna looks to her husband's picture.


KATY (CONT'D)

Be sleepin all day like a baby,

stops the crazy, can you blame me

for fallin into a depression daily? /

No Katy, focus! I ain't lazy! Put

all your thoughts into your rappin!

Brain, please don't fail me. / But you,

next door, battleaxe, you slayed all my

raps, you're old as hell, but the bell rings, n you

take another swing!


Edna raises an eyebrow.


KATY (CONT'D)

Thing is, she can sing, like an

angel with wings, told me plainly,

keep rappin, n one day, they'll

pay me.


Edna smiles.


KATY (CONT'D)

‘You’re free’! one day they’ll inform

us, allowed out, shoppin n to the

movies, ‘just go n live normal!’ /

Holidays now lawful, got some

flippers n learnin how to snorkel,

‘hey look there’s a snappin turtle!’ /

Mind n body free, chains diffused,

no more police watchin your every

move, no more death n sad news, /

Hug friends, meet up at Maccy D's,

get some fast food, maybe meet

somebody new, just wait, life’ll

improve.


EDNA

(sings)

Can I make your lonely my new friend

today? / Can I make your lonely my

new friend always? / Cause I’m

feeling lonely, lonely. / I’m lonely.


KATY

(raps)

I see you’re lonely right now, but

look around, I’m right here next

to thee, we even share the same

ground. / Let’s turn frowns

upside down, now I met you, hell,

maybe we could even be friends,

how does that sound? /


Edna laughs.


EDNA

(sings)

Can I make your lonely my new friend

today? / Can I make your lonely my

new friend always? / Cause I’m

feeling lonely, lonely. / I’m lonely.

KATY

(raps)

I'm lonely, it's LOCKDOWN!


They both catch their breath. And smile.

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