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The People's Republic of Shetland

Script By: Mathew Nicolson
Science fiction


Bonnie Leader loves you.


Submitted:Sep 26, 2012    Reads: 8    Comments: 0    Likes: 0   


INT. MAGNUS' HOUSE

MAGNUS SANDISON is wrapped up within a SLEEPING BAG in his
hovel of a house, reaching the end of an uncomfortable
sleep.

A BURRA BEAR sits in a surface in the other end of the
one-room house.

An alarm blares.

Magnus sits up immediately. He knows better than to ignore
the alarm.

BEAR
(mechanical voice)
Good morning, Magnus!

MAGNUS
(sleepily)
Hm...

BEAR
Did you have a good sleep?

Magnus ignores it, and climbs out of his sleeping bag.

BEAR
Rejoice. Shetland cruisers have
advanced 5 miles over the night.

Marcus grunts in response, as he pulls on his fair-isle
gansie.

BEAR
Crime levels are at an all time
low, the Altruist of Personal
Health and Wellbeing has announced.

Marcus heads to the door.

BEAR
Remember, Bonnie Leader loves you.

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EXT. HOUSE.

MAGNUS, fully dressed and carrying a rucksack, drags himself
out the door and closes it.

He looks out upon the desolate Shetland scenery.

2.

He then walks through the ruins of his former house that his
current hovel is built over. He passes a monochromatic
photo of BONNIE LEADER in a triumphant pose.

CUT TO:

OUTDOOR PODIUM.

MAGNUS walks up at the back of a crowd - all wearing fair
isle gansies - who are listening intently to a speech by the
ALTRUIST OF PUBLIC ENLIGHTENMENT.

ALTRUIST OF PUBLIC ENLIGHTENMENT
Early reports show that the
Orkadians suffered 17
casualties. Shetland suffered
none! Glory to Shetland!

Cheering. Magnus does not join in.

Patriotic Fiddle Music begins to play.

ALTRUIST OF PUBLIC ENLIGHTENMENT
Soon those insurgent islands shall
be within our grasp!

More cheering. Magnus turns away.

CUT TO:

SHOP.

MAGNUS searches the shelves for his daily rations. After
picking up some decaying FRUIT, he turns to the aisle of
TINS.

SHOT OF CCTV CAMERA WATCHING HIM.

Each tin is white and lacks detail. Magnus picks up a
couple of these, and heads for the counter.

The counter is splattered with images of the BONNIE LEADER.

CASHIER
Good morning, friend.

MAGNUS
(distractedly)
Morning.

He glances at a prying camera above him as the cashier scans
his products.

3.

CASHIER
You appear distracted, friend.

MAGNUS
It's nothing.

CASHIER
You might find this useful.

She hands him a leaflet.

CASHIER
It's for assimilation
councilling. Authorised by Bonnie
Leader himself, so they say.

He glances over it. Images of overly happy people,
attractive phrases written in large, pink letters.

CASHIER
I'm sorry, but your work rates have
fallen by 14% over the last
week. Your ration has subsequently
fallen to 398 credits.

MAGNUS
Forget the banana.

CASHIER
380 credits have been removed from
your Collective Account. Have a
fantastic day.

MAGNUS
(still distracted)
Cheerio...

She gapes at him for using such forbidden language.

MAGNUS
(realising his mistake)
You too, friend.

He rushes out of the shop.

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4.

BACK ALLEY.

Magnus crumbles against the wall in an emotional heap,
dropping his food onto the ground. He is not being watched
here.

PASSERBY passes by. Magnus snaps upwards, and waves feebly.

MAGNUS
Noo de - er - good day, friend.

PASSERBY
Good day.

As he leaves, Magnus presses his face against the wall in
despair.

CUT TO:

VILLAGE CENTER.

MAGNUS begins his walk home, carrying his shopping and
rucksack.

SHOTS OF HIS JOURNEY.

LOUDSPEAKER
(V.O)
-Gansies will be the official dress
of Shetland citizens. 4: Dialect
is an honour bestowed only upon
Bonnie Leader and his Altruists.
5: Citizens will show love and
respect to one
another. 6: Ingratitude towards
Bonnie Leader's altruism will not
be tolerated. The Constitution of
the People's Republic of Shetland,
June 6 Version.

CUT TO:

EXT. MAGNUS' HOUSE.

MAGNUS rushes inside.

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5.

INT. HOUSE.

He drops his shopping onto the floor and collapses in a heap
in his sleeping bag, pulling it over himself to block out
his nightmare world.

BEAR
Are you alright, Magnus?

No response.

BEAR
I'm concerned, Magnus.

No response.

BEAR
Magnus?

CUT TO:

COUNCILLING CHAMBER.

MAGNUS and COUNCILLOR sit on opposite sides of a table.

COUNCILLOR
Tell me more about these thoughts
you have, Magnus.

MAGNUS
Will you tell anyone?

COUNCILLOR
Of course not. I guarantee patient
confidentiality.

MAGNUS
It's like, I don't belong here. In
this society. I hear the news of
victories in Orkney, of improving
life conditions, I hear our anthems
and see Bonnie Leader, yet I am
absent to that stirring of the
heart that everyone else feels.

Councillor takes down notes.

MAGNUS
I feel like the only sane man in a
world of lunatics, a world
constantly gripped by mass
hysteria. Life isn't great. In

6.

MAGNUS
fact, it keeps getting
worse. There are never any
casualties, but have you ever met
any veterans from Orkney?

COUNCILLOR
Are you implying that you are being
told lies?

MAGNUS
Yes. And I've never been able to
tell this to anyone about this, for
fear of it being known. I've tried
to ignore these thoughts, honestly,
I have. You have no idea how much
it means for me to be able to say
this.

COUNCILLOR
You know that Bonnie Leader loves
you, do you not? You know that he
has your, and everyone's, best
interests at heart?

MAGNUS
I despise Bonnie Leader. Why do we
never see him for ourselves, if
he's so great, so 'altruistic'? I
resent being forced to silence my
native dialect. I want life back
as it was, before him.

COUNCILLOR
Interesting.

More notes.

COUNCILLOR
I think I have enough
information. I'll contact you in
the next week about treatment
modules.

MAGNUS
You can help me, can't you?

Councillor smiles.

COUNCILLOR
We can.
Magnus gets up and exits the room.

7.

Councillor reaches for a phone, and dials '1'.

COUNCILLOR
Unit 7177 is beyond
recovery. Procedure 6 recommended.

CUT TO:

EXT. HOUSE.

MAGNUS walks through the ruins with a spring in his step.

CUT TO:

INT. HOUSE.

He enters the house.

BEAR
Afternoon, Magnus.

MAGNUS
(cheerily)
Hi-yi!

CUT TO:

EXT. HOUSE.

SFX: Gunshot.

CUT TO:

INT. HOUSE.

BEAR
7177 successfully removed from
society.

CUT TO:

END CREDITS.










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