Grandad script - February 2005

By raphaelite

“Grandad”

Written by:

Colin Spencer


DRAFT NO. 5

FADE IN:
1. INT. CORRIDOR, SCHOOL -- DAY
A group of sixteen year old boys are gathering together all with very happy expressions on their faces.
Another group of girls and boys of the same age wait in hesitation of a friend coming out of the school office.
The friend comes out of the office with a broad smile on her face.
One of the teachers looks out from the main door with a concerned look on her face.
2. EXT. FRONT GATES, SCHOOL -- DAY
VINCENT is stood at the school gates holding a brown envelope, it is unopened.
VINCENT gives one look to the envelope then back at the building.
He walks away from the gates and the school.
CUT TO:
CREDITS
3. EXT. STREET -- DAY
Slowly walking along the road, VINCENT is in a daze and is not paying attention to anything, not even the brown envelope he is clutching in his hands.
4. INT. KITCHEN, HOUSE -- DAY
JANICE, VINCENT’S Mum is in the kitchen preparing food, getting bottles of alcohol out of the cupboards while trying to wash the dishes. Dressed in what seems to be a smart black top, but looks out of place wearing her yellow marigolds. She looks hassled.
The front door slams and footsteps are heard going upstairs.
JANICE
Vincent?
No answer. She walks from the kitchen and sees the brown envelope on the mantelpiece. It is unopened.
5. INT. BEDROOM, HOUSE -- DAY
VINCENT is in his bedroom slowly getting changed from his jeans and t-shirt into a black suit, white shirt and black tie which have been carefully laid out on his bed for him. Next to the suit he sees a neatly folded city shirt on his bed.
His expression is blank.
He puts on his white shirt then the trousers but has trouble with the tie and gets frustrated.
He looks like he is about to cry.
CUT TO:
6. INT. LIVING ROOM, HOUSE -- DAY
ED, VINCENT’S Dad is filling his pockets with money and keys. He’s dressed similarly to VINCENT; the only difference is the football pin on the dad’s lapel.
JANICE walks into the room and we see that she is actually wearing a long black dress minus the marigolds.
JANICE
You ready?
ED
Yes. I’m sorted.
JANICE
Right, shift your feet I need to Hoover.
ED
Don’t bother.
JANICE
I need to get the place ready.
ED
Jan, it’s fine. Get your coat on.
JANICE
Let me just Hoover.
ED
Do you really think they’re gonna care how clean it is?
VINCENT comes down the stairs and sees his Mum & Dad looking at one another.
Mum looks at VINCENT and smiles while Dad begins fidgeting in his pockets.
ED
Have you ordered the taxi?
JANICE
I thought you were?
ED just looks at JANICE.
VINCENT
Why are we getting a taxi? Can’t Roy pick us up?
ED
Not today.
JANICE
Him and Pat’ll meet us there.
VINCENT doesn’t look happy.
A car horn is heard.
7. EXT. CHURCHYARD –- DAY
The taxi pulls up to a large, gothic church.
VINCENT gets out first from the back of the car and holds the door open for his mother.
ED pays for the taxi and gets out of the passenger side at the front of the car.
Looking up to the top of the church, VINCENT is distracted by laughter.
AUNTIE PAT
… And so, he just gave me a look and disappeared out of the side door, the sad ba…
He looks towards the other people going into the church then back to PAT with a look of disgust.
PAT spots VINCENT and his parents and comes bounding over.
PAT
Hiya love? Come ‘ere!
PAT grabs VINCENT and gives him a kiss on the cheek.
VINCENT looks uncomfortable.
ED
You managed to get here then? Where’s Roy?
PAT
Where d’ya think? Probably just leaving The Railway. He’ll be here soon enough.
VINCENT looks confused while ED doesn’t look happy.
ED
You should have made him come with you. We best be going in. You coming?
PAT
I’ll just have a quick ciggie and I’ll see you in there.
ED
Right.
PAT lights a cigarette and VINCENT stares at her in disbelief while following his parents into the church.
They’re the first to arrive, VINCENT stops in his tracks when he sees the coffin and tries to grab his Dad’s arm. ED carries on walking.
8. INT. CHURCH –- DAY
The church is full on both sides and the unopened coffin of VINCENT’S Grandad is at the front with the priest stood to its left.
While the service is progressing, VINCENT looks around, not paying attention to the priest’s sermon and is confused at all the unfamiliar faces there are.
VINCENT sees PAT who looks at him and smiles.
9. EXT. CHURCH -– DAY
VINCENT grimaces as he watches UNCLE ROY, propped up against a tree and trying to light a cigarette.
ED rushes over with PAT close behind. It looks as if ED is going to lose his temper and PAT isn’t helping the matter.
10. EXT. CEMETARY – DAY
Stood around the six foot hole in the ground are the funeral attendees.
The priest continues his address and VINCENT is looking more uncomfortable.
As the service ends each family member places the handful of dirt onto the coffin.
ED’s first, he carefully takes a handful of dust and gently drops it.
JANICE is next but looks as if she is going through the motions.
PAT quickly throws some dirt and straight away brushes her hands clean.
ROY isn’t able to participate.
VINCENT takes one last look at where his Grandfather is buried and drops the soil.
11. INT. LIVING ROOM, HOUSE – DAY
Glasses clatter above the noise of people chatting at EDWARD’S wake. Groups of people are gathered everywhere and VINCENT looks lost in the crowd.
ED is talking to UNCLE ROY. JANICE looks in deep conversation with PAT and other guests are chatting away. The house is very noisy.
VINCENT sits on the sofa, next to relatives he hasn’t seen in a long time.
ROY comes over.
ROY
Well then, tell us. What did ya get?
VINCENT just looks at him.
ROY
That bad eh?
ROY plonks himself next to VINCENT almost spilling his whisky all over him.
ROY
Yep, he was a good man you’re Grandad. Didn’t take too kindly to me though, oh no. Well, not at first anyway. Had to buy him a pint of mixed at The Railway first. In fact, I don’t think he ever liked me. Just put up with me. I don’t why though, I mean, I did take Pat off his hands. He thought the world of you though.
JANICE sees how uncomfortable VINCENT is and comes over.
JANICE
Vincent, you couldn’t give me a hand could you and take these over to your Dad?
VINCENT nods in reply and takes a try of sandwiches and sausage rolls which his Mum has been preparing all morning and goes to find ED.
12. INT. KITCHEN, HOUSE – DAY
ED is sat at the dining table, a can of bitter in his hand.
VINCENT walks in and slowly over to his Dad.
VINCENT
Dad. These are for you.
ED
No thanks. I’m not hungry.
VINCENT stands by his Dad waiting for a look of reassurance, for anything. It doesn’t come.
13. EXT. GARDEN – DAY
BANG! VINCENT is all alone as he kicks a football repeatedly against the wall. Slowly at first but the kicks start getting bigger and more violent as the ball rebounds of the wall.
PAT
You’ll knock it down if you’re not careful.
PAT has been round the corner smoking a cigarette. She takes a long drag and blows a huge cloud of smoke in the direction of where the ball was heading.
VINCENT, with his back against the wall is looking away from PAT.
PAT
What about the game at the weekend. That Wright-Phillips scored a blinder didn’t he?
VINCENT doesn’t answer.
PAT
Me Dad loved his football. Used to take me and your Dad all the time. Stood in the Kippax we did. Hated it when I met Roy. “The Dirty Red” he called him. Only let Roy buy him a pint after we beat ‘em 5-1. (Laughs)
While PAT has been talking away, VINCENT has been kicking the football harder and harder against the wall so much that you can hardly hear PAT talk.
VINCENT kicks the ball so hard it rebounds of the wall and over the fence on the other side.
ROY appears at the back door.
ROY
Come on you two, we’re off to the pub.
14. INT. FUNCTION ROOM, THE RAILWAY INN -– EVENING
VINCENT walks from the bar with his glass of cola, trying to get past the group of strange men and women stood near him. Managing to find a quiet corner he puts his drink down, sits and looks out of the window. The noise pub is still unbearable.
JANICE
Your dad says we don’t have to stay long if you’re not up to it.
VINCENT
I’m okay.
VINCENT looks distracted by all the noise in the pub.
JANICE
How did your friends do?
VINCENT
Don’t know.
The noise builds up and VINCENT can’t stand it any longer. He gets up goes to walk out of the pub.
VOICE
To Edward.
VOICES
To Edward.
Glasses chink together as a toast is made.
VINCENT passes PAT and sees her wiping her eyes.
VINCENT stares at PAT as she continues wiping her eyes. She looks up and sees VINCENT. He tries to look away but it’s too late.
PAT gets up and walks over to him clutching her handbag. She opens the bag and out comes a blue envelope.
PAT
Here, this is for you.
On the envelope is written VINNIE. VINCENT recognises the writing and looks at it for a second.
PAT walks away from VINCENT, seeing JANICE and starts talking.
Alone, VINCENT opens the envelope and it is a card with Congratulations on the front.
It is signed by his Grandad.
VINCENT reads the card intently and a tear rolls down his cheek.
Lucky for him he’s in a quiet corner of the pub.
15. INT. FUNCTION ROOM, THE RAILWAY INN -– NIGHT
ED, VINCENT & UNCLE ROY are walking back from the bar all carrying a tray with six drinks on.
Each drink is passed to the recipient until there is only one drink left and that is placed in the middle of the table.
It is a pint of dark beer, not black like stout and his in a gentleman’s glass.
VINCENT
Whose is this?
ED
Whose d’ya think?
VINCENT looks puzzled.
ED picks up the glass, takes a sip and passes it to VINCENT.
ED
To Dad.
With a bemused look, VINCENT takes the glass and glances at his Dad, ED looks back as if to say “Go on”. He takes a sip and winces with the taste.
VINCENT
To Grandad. Here you go Pat.
PAT
I can’t drink that it’s horrible.
VINCENT
Go on. (With a mischievous smile)
PAT takes the glass and takes a large gulp of it.
PAT
To my Dad.
The pint is then passed round the rest of the family.
ROY
Well then, what did you get?
VINCENT smiles.
16. INT. HALLWAY, HOUSE -- NIGHT
VINCENT, ED & JANICE come into the house through the front door and head into the living room.
ED & JANICE walk into the kitchen.
VINCENT sees the brown envelope still on the mantelpiece.
He picks it up and slowly begins tearing at the seal.
VINCENT takes out the piece of paper inside and reads.
CUT TO BLACK.
THE END.

Document
Grandad script - February 2005

Created: Jul 18, 2010

Tags:

Document Media

Related Records: