A Dry White Season script
Synopsis: Teacher Ben du Toit (Donald Sutherland) mostly ignores the problems of apartheid in South Africa until he discovers that the son of a gardener (Winston Ntshona) at his school has been killed by corrupt policeman Stolz (Jürgen Prochnow). Du Toit persuades human rights attorney Ian McKenzie (Marlon Brando) to try the long-shot case against Stolz. During the trial, Du Toit's transformation into an advocate for justice is so absolute that it distances him from his family.

SUZETTE his daughter, sophisticated --groomed. She

takes her baby from the black nanny waiting in the car,

carries the child to the group chatting with CHRIS, her

husband. She shows it off proudly. Ben is chatting,

concerned, to a WOMAN. She looks drawn and worried.

MRS. COETZEE (WOMAN)

He won't come to church. He lies

in bed all day, listening to his

headphones.

BEN:

I wondered why he wasn't at

school. Would it help if I came

to see him? He's always seemed a

good kid to me.

MRS. COETZEE

Oh, would you?

BEN:

Of course. I'll phone and we can

fix a time.

Mrs. Coetzee smiles her gratitude.

SUSAN:

Ben! Ben!

She's waving impatiently at him. He crosses back to her.

Suzette's BABY is HOWLING.

(CONTINUED)

5.

CONTINUED:

She rocks it back and forth, holding it at arm's length.

The BABY SCREAMS. The nanny comes forward --Suzette

hands it over.

SUSAN:

Mrs. Coetzee. She looked worried.

BEN:

She's having trouble with her boy.

He won't come to school.

SUSAN:

So you said you'd have a word with

him?

BEN:

Yes!

She smiles and walks him to the car affectionately.

EXT. BEN'S HOUSE -BARBECUE -DAY

The Du Toit family.

Susan is bringing out the salads. Chris, her son-in-law,

is at the barbecue, stinging his eyes. Ben is bouncing

his grandson, little Hennie, in a small, portable pool.

The black nanny sits in attendance in the shade, a towel

at the ready. The good life...

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Colin Welland

Colin Welland, born Colin Edward Williams, was a British actor and screenwriter. He won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for his script for Chariots of Fire. more…

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