INT. SCHOOL CORRIDOR - MORNINGTRACKING . . . with Pauline's striding
feet down a crowded school corridor. CRANE UP . . . as she walks toward
CAMERA. In contrast to the other girls, she is introspective and
gruffly acknowledges her classmates.
INT. SCHOOL ASSEMBLY HALL - MORNINGThe ornate wooden ceiling of the
assembly hall. TILT DOWN . . . to a sea of schoolgirls singing the last
verse of the hymn. Miss Stewart and the STAFF are standing on the
LONG LENS into the crowd . . . Pauline is not participating in the
hymn. Her eyes look about uninterestedly.
ZOOM IN . . . on Miss Stewart glaring straight at CAMERA.
Pauline mouths the last couple of words.
The hymn finishes.
EXT. CHRISTCHURCH GIRLS' HIGH/CRANMER SQUARE - MORNINGThe Hulmes' car
pulls up outside the school.
WIDE SHOT . . . Juliet Hulme gets out of the car, followed by her
father, HENRY. They walk into the school.
CUT TO INT.
SCHOOL FRENCH CLASS - MORNINGClass 3A are in the midst of a French
lesson. All the class have name cards hanging around their necks
denoting their chosen "French name." MISS WALLER gestures at a screed
of subjugated verbs scrawled on the blackboard.
MISS WALLER The imperfect subjunctive, like the imperfect indicative,
indicates action in the past. "II voulait qu'elle lui donnat de
l'argent." Translate, somebody . . . quickly!
A SCHOOLGIRL - LAURA - blurts out from the front of the class.
"He wanted her to give him some money."
(Angry) Put your hand up! I will not have girls talking out of turn in
The door opens and Miss Stewart brings Juliet into the room.