The Big Race

by Alex Sarris

Short Film
Email: landfocus229@gmail.com

A race where the stakes are high with a one in a million change of winning, who will live and die?

 

 

 

 

THE BIG RACE

 

By  Alex Sarris

 

 

 

Revisions by
Alex Sarris 29 June 2012
Alex Sarris 10 July 2012

 

 

Current Revisions by Alex Sarris 10 July 2012

 

 

 

ALEX SARRIS
PO Box 325 Mount Hawthorn Perth WA Australia 6915 Email: landfocus229@gmail.com

Copyright (c) 2012 This screenplay may not be used or reproduced without the express written permission of the author.

FADE IN:

EXT. PASSAGEWAY - MORNING
Millions of competitors line up with determined looks on their faces.

The tension builds, the competitors are shoulder to shoulder packed in at the starting line like sardines.

The anxiety is unbearable, sweat runs down their faces.
A dramatic explosion marks the start of the race as JENNY and GREG pull ahead of the field.

GREG
Wow.... What pressure.

JENNY
Yeah, dog eat dog.

GREG
That’s right.

Greg pulls ahead of Jenny and a burst by Jenny sees her levelling with Greg.

JENNY
Do you want to make a pact?

GREG
How?

JENNY
We help each other.

GREG
Yeah.

JENNY
Then for the last leg, it’s anyone’s race.

GREG
OK, lets do it.

JENNY
Winners.

They high five each other.

GREG
Yeah.

Greg and Jenny keep an eye on the other competitors.

GREG (CONT’D)
Do they know ....

JENNY
(Interrupting)
Shh....  We don’t want them putting in an extra effort.

GREG
(Smirk) Mum’s the word.

Another competitor JOHNO comes alongside of Jenny. Jenny and Greg look at Johno then back at one another.

JOHNO
Hello.

JENNY
(Reluctantly)
Hi.

JOHNO
Nice Day.

JENNY
(Yelling)
What’s so nice about it?

JOHNO
(Confused)
Sorry, I was just being polite.

JENNY
Listen here you slimy piece of shit..

Johno looks at Jenny in shock.

JOHNO
(Interrupting) What’s your problem?

Jenny intercepts Johno’s path knocking him backwards into the field.

Johno shakes his head in disapproval as he falls.

GREG
You showed him.

JENNY
Yep. No messing with us.

CINDY, good looks and a great body, comes between Jenny and Greg. Greg raises his eyebrows.

GREG
(Excited) Good Morning.

CINDY
Hello.

GREG
Have you been doing this long?

CINDY
It’s my first time.

GREG
(Surprised) Me too.

Jenny looks at Greg and nods her head for Greg to get rid of Cindy.

Greg head butts Cindy and she falls down rolling over several times.

JENNY
(Smiling) That showed her.

GREG
(Proud) Nothing to lose ah.

The pathway Narrows. Greg and Jenny speed up to get ahead of the field.

JENNY
We have to stay ahead.

GREG
I’m so tired.

JENNY
Don’t fail me now.

GREG
I’ll be OK.

The weather changes and some competitor’s are forced backwards.

JENNY
Push yourself harder.

GREG
I haven't got you're stamina.

JENNY
(Forcefully)
You can do it, just focus.

Greg lifts his head and pushes his tired body forward. The finish line comes in sight.

JENNY (CONT’D)
Here’s where we split.

Jenny punches Greg and he falls to the ground shaking his head.

GREG
(Disappointed) Why did I trust her?

Jenny pushes ahead.
A burst of acceleration by the other competitors sees Jenny being overtaken.

She accelerates to get ahead.

Jenny hits the finish line and bounces back confused.

JENNY
What’s this?

Jenny forcefully poke's her head across the finish line to reveal a bright sphere.

JENNY (CONT’D)
Nearly there.

She struggles to push through and finally reaches the sphere.

JENNY (CONT’D)
(Smiling) Congratulations. It’s a Girl.

FADE OUT:

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