InT. conoR’S BEDROOM - night - conTINUOUS 1
Conor (12, small, on the border of puberty) sits up in bed,
frightened, sweaty, panting.
He looks at the clock. 11.58.
It’s a messy but homey bedroom. Posters at the borders of
manhood on the wall: rugby teams but also cartoons. Old
stuffed toys in corners; framed PHOTOS of Conor and his MUM;
of Conor and friend LILY in a school play; a laptop; handheld
games; scattered DRAWINGS he’s made. Conor lays back down to
A heavy COUGHING from offscreen. Conor listens, concerned.
The coughing doesn’t come again. He sits up.
2 InT. conor’s hallway/ MUM’S BEDROOM - night - conTINUOUS 2
Conor pads quietly down the hallway until he gets to his
Mum’s bedroom door. It’s open slightly. He looks in.
In the moonlight, Mum is asleep, alone in her bed. Her head
is obscured by pillows.
Mum, are you asleep?
Are you sure?
(opens one eye to him)
Yes, I'm sure.
2A InT. mum’s bedroom - night - conTINUOUS 2A
Conor quietly slips into the bed.
What are you doing?
Shush. You’re asleep.
Just five minutes, I promise...
Mum puts his arm around Conor who instantly fells asleep.
4NEW InT. mum’s bedroom - the next morning 4NEW
Conor is VERY deep asleep, having obviously stayed there all
night. His mum is asleep, too, gently snoring.
In the dawn light we now see a LINE OF MEDICINE BOTTLES on
Mum’s DRESSER. A wig on its stand on the dressing table.
Conor wakes, sits up. Mum doesn’t wake. He pulls the covers
over her. He doesn’t glance at the medicine bottles. They’re
obviously part of his daily life.
Very slowly making sure he is not making any noise, Conor
gets up and heads out into the day by himself.
8 INT. conOR’S BEDROOM - MomenTS LATER 8
Conor begins what is obviously a familiar routine.
He puts on his school uniform, trying for the untucked
rebellious look that he’s still just slightly too young for.
(he tries to make his hair look cool in the mirror and puts
it up but he looks funny and puts it down again, etc).
He opens a drawer. No clean socks left.
8A EXT. CONOR'S BACKGARDEN - MOMENTS LATER 8A
Conor gets out to the backgarden to where the clothes are
hanging to look for a clean pair of socks but all the clothes
are wet. He takes a wet pair of socks and goes back into the
9 INT. CONOR’S Kitchen - MomenTS LATER 9
Conor stuffs the WASHING MACHINE with LAUNDRY, over-filling
it, but shutting it all in the door.
10 InT. conor’S BEDROOM - momeNTS LATER 10
Conor pulls the duvet over his bed so it’s made, if quite
messy. (Clumsily hiding the wrinkles of the duvet under the
11 Int. conor’s house upstairs hallway - momENTS LATER 11
Conor looks at his Mum’s bedroom (the door is closed) and
then over the top of the stairs. Down in the kitchen, we can
hear the faint sounds of a WOMAN on her phone. This is
GRANDMA (mid-50s, crisp, professional, VERY ungrandmotherly).
Conor only sees the top of her head as she exits, still in
her coat, still on her phone, scolding someone sternly. We
don’t see her face in these scenes. She also is clearly
making an attempt to keep her voice down.
Because I’ve got three showings
today, that’s why. I’m not
responsible for your sick
He steps back so she won’t see him. We only catch a glimpse
of her as she leaves.
He waits a beat, then starts down the stairs, but she reenters,
carrying bags of groceries, still on the phone. Conor
freezes. Grandma stops in the hall, angry at something that’s