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Disguises

Script By: mike1983
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Burleighs Department store is in disarray. Everybody is happy. Nobody is telling the truth.


Submitted:Aug 15, 2010    Reads: 41    Comments: 0    Likes: 0   


1 int. newsroom - evening

Ridiculously over the top music and captions, almost laughable, announce the hourly news headlines.

A smartly dressed newsreader begins the story.

newsreader

Fulton MacIntyre, the second largest shareholder in Burleighs department store has announced he will be selling his stake in the business. The future the largest department store in Britain, looks unclear. Tobias Summerson has this report.

2 newsreel/library footage

Black and White footage - Sixties.

A small department store, almost boutique-esque.

Three smartly dressed men are standing outside. They are JOHN BURLEIGH, FULTON MACINTYRE and RUDOLPH PIENAAR looking very pleased with themselves.

tobias (VO)

They were known as the fab three. Fulton MacIntyre, Rudolph Pienaar and John Burleigh certainly created a revolution when they set up their department store back in 1968

Moves from black and white to colour footage. FULTON MACINTYRE as an old man. He is chatting with important looking businessmen.

This is what he looks like now.

tobias (VO)

However, we can work out was not their way of thinking as Fulton MacIntyre today announced he would be selling his share of the business thought to be worth up to ?. A figure they could have only dreamt of when the store first opened.

Moves back to the black and white footage. A variety of different celebs from the day visiting the store. There is even footage of Arthur Brown wearing his notorious flaming head set, joking around with JOHN BURLEIGH who is doing his best to force a smile.

tobias (VO)

In the early days it started off as a small boutique. However, through word of mouth it was an empire that grew and grew.

Footage of the building on fire.

tobias (VO)

Then in 1983, disaster as the store burnt down due to an electrical fault. However...

Footage of JOHN, FULTON and RUDOLPH reopening a much larger store.

tobias (VO)

This turned out to be a blessing in disguise as the company moved to Bond Street and soon became part of the holy trinity. Selfridges, Harrods and Burleighs.

Footage of a flourishing BURLIEGHS

tobias (VO)

It was often seen as the model store.

Footage of RUDOLPH and KATE MOSS.

Footage of the three looking agitated with each other.

tobias (VO)

However relations between the three has been strained over the past few years evident during the notorious food fight last year.

Footage of the store launching a new food hall. The three then engage in a huge food fight.

Footage of FULTON driving away.

TOBIAS (VO)

Some wonder whether Fulton came to this decision by himself.

Footage of FULTON flying away on a private jet.

tobias (VO)

The future of the store is now up in the air. Tobias Somerson, business news.

The news footage is being watched by someone...

3 int. fergie macintyres office - evening

FERGIE MACINTYRE (Thirties) immaculately dress, not good looking but has a certain something, switches the news report off.

He gets up from his chair and looks out the window.

The pouring rain gives the appearance of a smudged face.

Above him, on the roof of the store, The BURLEIGHS sign rattles violently in the wind.

4 int. The queens arms pub - evening

FULTON MACINTYRE, tall, thin with a face like a fox sits drinking a double whisky.

FERGIE comes into the pub. He comes and sits opposite FULTON. FULTON slides over a cool bottle of beer.

fulton

Alright Son.

FULTON, unlike FERGIE, speaks with a Scottish accent.

fergie

Yeah. Thanks.

FERGIE acknowledges the beer and takes a large sip.

fergie

It's public then.

fulton

Aye, it was on the cards.

There is a long silence.

fergie

They've sold you out.

fulton

Nothing to do with them.

fergie

No?

fulton

No.

FERGIE shakes his head.

fergie

I'd be furious if I were you.

FULTON smiles.

fergie

It was Rudolph wasn't it?

fulton

Why did you want to meet?

fergie

I want to be partner.

FULTON smiles.

fulton

We've got the meeting tomorrow.

fergie

Am I in on it?

fulton

Nine o'clock start.

FERGIE shakes his head.

fulton

I'll put in a good word. I promise.

FERGIE takes a large swig.

fulton

You will get what you want.

5 int. rudolphs car - morning

NIGEL PIENAAR (Twenties) skinny, light-bulb head and in BURLEIGHS uniform, is driving RUDOLPH PIENAAR (Late fifties) bald with a ponytail to work.

rudolph

Up here.

RUDOLPH points to a road.

NIGEL pulls the car outside a small council house.

RUDOLPH gets out of the car. He goes to the boot and pulls out a golf club.

RUDOLPH is short and sports a pony tail. A sign he is stuck in the eighties.

There is a tatty looking BMW parked outside.

RUDOLPH takes the club the back of the window and smashes it to pieces.

RUDOLPH then does the same to the front.

RUDOLPH pulls a parking ticket from his coat and places it on the remains of the window.

RUDOLPH composes himself and comes back to the car.

He places the golf club in the boot and climbs in. It as if nothing has happened.

rudolph

Fucking Traffic wardens.

They drive off.

6 int. burleighs department store - afternoon

AMBER (25), attractive but anxious looking, is being given the tour by store manager LIZ (40).

LIZ walks with the acquired confidence of someone who has been doing her job for a long time. AMBER'S walk is nowhere near this level.

liz

You will get to like it here...but you will need to get know people...this takes time.

amber

I know.

liz

The majority of HR managers, like you, doing what you will do, can't stomach it and therefore never stay long enough to form a meaningful relationship.

LIZ turns and looks at her.

liz

You know you have a very pretty face.

AMBER smiles.

liz

But it won't get you far. It's not that special.

LIZ walks on. AMBER stalls slightly before trying to catch up with her.

They continue their tour.

7 int. fergies office - morning

FERGIE is with FULTON. FULTON is waiting to start his meeting.

fulton

I'll put your case forward.

fergie

I know. You know I can do it.

fulton

Course.

JOHN BURLEIGH, small, a worried expression on his face comes into the office.

john

Morning. Ready for it?

fulton

Are you?

john

Where's Rudolph?

8 ext. rooftop burleighs - morning

RUDOLPH AND NIGEL are standing on the roof looking down.

rudolph

Here we go again.

NIGEL nods and turns to walk away.

rudolph

Where you going?

nigel

Work.

RUDOLPH starts to take off his suit jacket.

NIGEL shakes his head.

nigel

Do we have to?

rudolph

It's Monday. It's the ritual.

NIGEL reluctantly starts to take off his suit jacket.

RUDOLPH grins. Both walk to the centre of the roof. RUDOLPH has more of a spring in his step.

rudolph

What is the current score?

NIGEL smiles knowingly.

They both assume a position and then...start to wrestle.

NIGEL immediately gains the upper hand and puts him in a tight hold.

There is a lot of huffing and puffing. Mainly from RUDOLPH. He will not let NIGEL win.

The rooftop door opens. It is FULTON.

FULTON

You ready?

9 int. fergie's office - morning

FERGIE is trying to work but he keeps looking over the meeting room. Eventually the three of them emerge looking happy.

FULTON walks past FERGIE'S office. FERGIE rushes after him.

10 int. burleighs shop floor - morning

FULTON is still ahead of FERGIE.

AMBER and LIZ come up to FERGIE.

liz

Hello Mr MacIntyre.

FERGIE has to be polite.

fergie

Good morning.

liz

This is...

fergie

Amber Parker. New HR.

AMBER smiles. He has made the effort.

fergie

I'm sorry ladies.

FERGIE rushes off.

11 ext. burleighs department store - morning

FULTON is trying to hail a taxi.

There is a strong breeze. The BURLEIGHS sign is rattling in the wind.

FERGIE comes outside.

fergie

How did it go?

fulton

Well.

fergie

So what did they say?

fulton

It's good news.

The B continues to rattle in the wind until it starts to come loose.

fergie

So?

fulton

Well...bloody cabs.

FULTON walks forward to hail a cab.

The B finally detaches itself from the logo.

fulton

For Christ sake.

fergie

Look I...

The B scrapes against the wall as it falls causing it lose some momentum.

It lands and hits FULTON, he falls to the floor smashing his head on the pavement.

fergie

Jesus.

FERGIE rushes over.

There is panic on the streets. Screams are heard.

Staff come dashing out of the store to help.

The blood from his head slowly trickles down the drain.

FADE TO BLACK.

12 int. private hospital bedroom - evening

The room wouldn't look out place in newly furnished flat. HD television and lush carpets. This is not the NHS.

FULTON is covered in tubes. His head is bandaged. It is difficult to make out who he is.

FERGIE sits by his bed.

A chunky looking nurse comes in. FERGIE immediately stands. He is in the presence of a woman.

nurse

Mr MacIntosh.

fergie

MacIntyre.

nurse

Sorry. We've found a clot on your Father's brain which will be operated on.

There is a long silence.

fergie

Will he...

nurse

We will do all we can.

The nurse smiles sympathetically.

fergie

Thank you.

FERGIE hands her a couple of crisp notes.

nurse

I can't.

fergie

Please, I know what nurses earn.

nurse

Thank you but...

THE NURSE leaves the room.

13 int. fergie's living room - evening

FERGIE is sitting drinking.

His wife MOLLY, (Thirties, pale, waif like almost, attractive) comes and puts her arm around him.

fergie

I'm not feeling what I should.

molly

How do you mean?

fergie

50/50 chance he might die and I...

FERGIE shrugs.

molly

I understand.

FERGIE looks at her.

fergie

I must go back to work.

molly

Don't be ridiculous.

fergie

I can't let those two get a head start. I'm going to be a partner. I want them to listen to my ideas.

FERGIE puts his glass down.

fergie

I shouldn't be talking like this. He's on his deathbed.

molly

You can't say that.

fergie

I can. I wanted to do him proud.

molly

I know.

fergie

I wanted to show I could do it.

molly

You can.

fergie

I wanted to come out of his shadow.

molly

You will.

There is a silence.

fergie

I can't. I can't do anything. I would look like a heartless bastard.

molly

What is it you want?

fergie

I want to prove I can.

molly

You can.

FERGIE looks at her and smiles.

14 int. meeting room - morning

RUDOLPH and JOHN are sitting around the table.

john

What can we do? I mean, job cuts, what do we tell them?

rudolph

The truth. It's easy. I've got that silly tart Liz to get the staff together. I'm giving a meeting.

john

What about Fergie?

RUDOLPH smiles.

rudolph

I've got somewhere to be.

RUDOLPH leaves.

15 int. mens toilet - morning

A stocky black man is staring into the mirror. He is nursing a bruised eye.

He splashes water over the injury, desperate to make some difference. This is ISAAC (40), the cleaner of the store.

He goes into the toilet cubicle. Sits down and starts to cry.

16 int. staff canteen - MORNINg

The staff are gathering.

RUDOLPH clatters into the room.

rudolph

Sit down. Shutup and listen to me.

The noise eventually dies down. RUDOLPH takes centre stage.

rudolph

I understand that all of you have seen the news and naturally are all fearing for your jobs. I realise I may look like a troll or an extra from Lord of the Rings.

(Slight sniggering around the crowd)

But, believe it or not, I have your best interests at heart. I want take you all under my wing and guide you out of this swamp of a situation. I want you to have faith in me. However, to achieve this, I need to be honest and spread a truth amongst you about the present and the future.

RUDOLPH pauses for a second and takes a sip of his drink. The employees wait with baited breath.

The main problem, the disease that exists in this store, is apathy. It is apathy that has driven us into the state we are in. There is a lack of pride in our work.

A customer assistant puts his hand up. RUDOLPH points to him.

customer assistant

What does apathy mean?

There are a few sniggers around the room. RUDOLPH is stunned and then smiles.

The customer assistant is ignored.

rudolph

Now, I want you to understand, I do not hold you responsible. We are microcosm.

RUDOLPH turns to the CUSTOMER ASSISTANT.

RUDOLPH

That means a miniature model of something much larger.

RUDOLPH readdresses the crowd.

rudolph

We are a microcosm of what is happening outside. To our country. Nobody gives a shit anymore and this attitude is leaking into my store and I can't abide that. I understand that for some of you, not all, some, this job is a passing, a stop gap and is not that important. However, this attitude will not work. We stand for core values and hard work. It's not difficult. You work hard. You succeed. I had nothing. I worked hard. Now look at me.

There is a silence in the room.

rudolph

I want you to do the same. I'll be the first to admit that life is harder than when I was young. No, actually, this statement is wrong. It was always hard. However, we knew where the barriers were and we knew how to get to where we wanted because it was clearly defined. Now, it is just one murky grey mess.

There are a few nods of agreement.

rudolph

Nobody knows how to get on. Nobody is given the breaks they deserve. People give up and then WHAM! (punches his hand) apathy hits and you have caught the disease. I don't want it in here. We will stand together against it and fight. If this is your attitude, our jobs will be safe and you will survive and eventually, succeed. I am not a politician. I want to bring you the truth.

There are a few laughs.

rudolph

This store was built during a time when England was flourishing. It has suffered over the years. I am the man who promises to reverse these fortunes. I am personally involved with this business. I will be the lion heart that this store craves.

JOHN shakes his head at the absurdity of the speech.

rudolph

I and nobody else can drive us out of this. Burleighs is like England. A sleeping giant. However, it is in our grasp to make us great again.

The speech ends. There is a little silence and few claps.

RUDOLPH leaves the canteen.

RUDOLPH has a smile on his face. However this soon disappears when he bumps into FERGIE.

rudolph

Bloody hell. Why you here?

fergie

Why?

rudolph

You weren't coming back for three weeks. You said three weeks? Why you here? How is the old sod? You said three weeks.

fergie

Fine.

rudolph

Tough as old boots. Tougher.

fergie

I know.

There is a silence.

fergie

I want to talk to you and John.

rudolph

Yeah? Now?

fergie

About the future.

rudolph

Yeah, ain't got time, got to...

fergie

Make time.

RUDOLPH can see FERGIE is serious.

rudolph

Alright.

17 int. meeting office - morning

JOHN is sitting jotting down various notes and periodically scribbling them out.

RUDOLPH bursts into the room closely followed by FERGIE.

john

I'm not sure how we're...

JOHN looks up, surprised to see FERGIE.

RUDOLPH

I found the boy in the corridor.

john

Erm, hi, I wasn't...

fergie

I know.

rudolph

Right, well, might aswell get this crap started.

RUDOLPH comes and sits down next to JOHN.

FERGIE is the last to sit. Opposite the other two. There is a long silence as they all smile at each other.

rudolph

Go on then.

fergie

I want to be a partner.

This announcement is met with more silence.

john

I can understand why. It's not that straightforward.

rudolph

It is straightforward. It's not going to happen.

fergie

I'm sorry?

rudolph

Look...son. It's already been done and you weren't in on it.

fergie

I spoke to my Father.

john

You are an excellent link between us and the staff.

fergie

You mean a buffer.

rudolph

Yeah.

john

No





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