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Synopsis: Animal Kingdom is a 2010 Australian crime drama film written and directed by David Michôd, and starring Ben Mendelsohn, Joel Edgerton, Guy Pearce, James Frecheville, Luke Ford, Jacki Weaver, and Sullivan Stapleton. David Michôd's script was inspired by the Pettingill family of Melbourne, Australia, who in 1991 saw the acquittal of brothers Victor Peirce and Trevor Pettingill (along with 2 others, Anthony Leigh Farrell and Peter David McEvoy) in the 1988 murder of two Victoria police officers. The film was critically acclaimed–it received 36 awards and 39 nominations with Weaver receiving multiple awards for her performance, including an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

TITLE CARD ON BLACK: 'This is fiction.'

1 INT. SUBURBAN BATHROOM - DAY 1

20 year-old DANIEL HORDERN stands at the sink of a neat

bathroom, his face covered in shaving foam.

DANIEL:

(yells)

Mum!

He dips his blade in the basin and drags it across his cheek. Hewinces in pain.

DANIEL:

(yells)

Mum!

GAIL HORDERN appears in the doorway.

GAIL:

What's the matter?

DANIEL:

Where's dad's razor?

GAIL:

What for?

DANIEL:

Mine's blunt. I'm gonna be late forwork.

GAIL:

Don't you have spare ones?

DANIEL:

Where's dad's?

GAIL:

You can use mine.

DANIEL:

Where's dad's?

GAIL:

You can use mine.

DANIEL:

No.

GAIL:

Why? What's wrong with

(CONTINUED)

Animal Kingdom - GREEN REVISIONS 2.

CONTINUED:

DANIEL:

It's disgusting, mum. Don't worry

about it.

2 INT. POLICE STATION - AFTERNOON 2

Daniel enters, back pack over his shoulder. He nods to the dutysergeant at the front desk and swipes himself in.

3 INT. POLICE STATION / LOCKER ROOM - AFTERNOON 3

Daniel enters. His partner, PETER SIMMONS (22), is dressed inuniform, closing up his locker.

DANIEL:

Sorry, mate.

PETER:

I'll see you out there.

Peter exits.

4 INT. POLICE STATION / WEAPONS DESK - AFTERNOON 4

Daniel, now in police uniform, is handed his service revolver bythe weapons clerk. He signs for it and rushes out.

5 INT. POLICE CAR - NIGHT 5

Daniel is on patrol with Peter. Peter drives. It's late. Theradio crackles. They sit in silence a while.

DANIEL:

She's leaving messages on the machine

now at, like, three in the morning and

mum's, like, screaming at me to get

her to stop, but you know, yeah, but

how?

PETER:

She'll quit it eventually. She'll get

bored.

DANIEL:

Maybe. I dunno if crazy people get

bored. You know what I mean?

The radio crackles. OVER comes the male voice of police radiocommunications centre VKC (D-24).

VKC (D-24)

Richmond 49. Do you copy?

(CONTINUED)

Animal Kingdom - GREEN REVISIONS 3.

CONTINUED:

Daniel lifts the radio receiver.

DANIEL:

Richmond 49. We copy.

VKC (D-24)

49. What’s your current position?

DANIEL:

49. We’re heading west on Bridge Roadtowards Church.

VKC (D-24)

49, Boroondara's units are all tied up

at present. Can you head over to 48

Darcy Street in Hawthorn? A Mrs Burnie

of that address has reported a white

Commodore sedan in the middle of the

road. Says it looks abandoned, windows

are smashed.

DANIEL:

49. Roger. We'll give it a look.

6 EXT. SUBURBAN STREET - NIGHT 6

Daniel and Peter pull up behind the white sedan in a quietneighbourhood. They get out to inspect. Their radios crackle.

They head to the driver's side. Peter shines his torch throughthe broken window, then opens the door. He shines the torchunder the steering column. Wires dangle. He climbs in the frontseat and shines the torch around the floor of the car. Daniel

crouches on the road beside him.

A SHOTGUN BLAST rips into Daniel's head. Peter spins, splatteredwith blood and flesh. Semi-blinded he dives out of the car in an

attempt to grab the assailant. A blast rings out, hitting him inthe body.

Another blast echoes down the street. Three figures in thedarkness sprint from the scene. A light goes on in aneighbouring apartment block. The street is still.

7 INT. J'S AND JULIA'S APARTMENT / LOUNGE - DAY 7

JOSHUA 'J' CODY (17), wearing one oversized rubber dishwashingglove, sits on the couch beside his mum, JULIA CODY (35), who isasleep, chin on her chest, in front of game-show TV. J watchesthe TV intently.

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David Michôd

David Michôd (born 30 November 1972) is an Australian film director, screenwriter, producer and actor. He is best known for directing the critically acclaimed 2010 film Animal Kingdom and the 2014 film The Rover. He also co-wrote Hesher. more…

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