One Chance script
One Chance (2013)
Synopsis: One Chance is a 2013 British-American biographical comedy-drama film about opera singer and Britain's Got Talent winner Paul Potts, directed by David Frankel and written by Justin Zackham. It was screened in the Special Presentation section at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.

He pats the large bandage mummifying his repaired ear,

then looks both ways before descending the steps to the

sidewalk.

He checks his surroundings again before venturing out the

gate and turning down the road.

MATTHEW:

There he is! Get ‘im!

Paul runs as a flock of screaming YOUNG BOYS crosses the

road, hot on his heels... Their screams blend into the

continuing choral medley as we return to...

INT. ST. CATHERINE’S CHURCH - DAY

Where the same Welsh choir-faces, several years older now,

continue the song with undiminished fervor over-

EXT. PORT TALBOT, WALES - DAY

Establishing shots of this gray, industrial steel-town

huddled on the edge of the Celtic Sea.

From above the city, we see Paul, a lone figure running

down the center of a road...a moment later the group of

boys appears in close pursuit until they catch him and

start punching...

INT. ST. CATHERINE’S CHURCH - DAY

Reveal that the rows behind the choir are empty... And

yet, Paul’s voice rises above the rest, though it sounds

impossibly far away...

EXT. PORT TALBOT STREET - DAY

Paul tears around a corner, the lead pursuers close behind

him... He’s slightly older now, closer to thirteen or

fourteen with a few extra pounds...

He cuts across a busy intersection, narrowly avoiding a

lorry which momentarily cuts off his pursuers...

EXT. BUSY STREET - DAY

Paul weaves through pedestrians. He’s aged again, nearing

eighteen, and puffing even harder with the extra weight.

The boys chasing him appear older, larger, and there are

more of them than before and they’re gaining on him.

5.

EXT. ALLEY - DAY

Paul turns down the empty alley, losing his schoolbag to

the clutching hand of the closest pursuer...

Near the alley’s end, Paul veers wide to the left in

anticipation, then cuts right, barely fitting his belly

through a narrow pedestrian opening...

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Justin Zackham

Justin Zackham is an American and British screenwriter, director and producer. He wrote the hit films The Bucket List, One Chance, and the FX series Lights Out, and The Big Wedding, which he also directed. more…

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