Red Riding (2009)
Synopsis: Red Riding (2009) is a three-part television adaptation of English author David Peace's Red Riding Quartet (1999–2002). The quartet comprises the novels Nineteen Seventy-Four (1999), Nineteen Seventy-Seven (2000), Nineteen Eighty (2001) and Nineteen Eighty-Three (2002) and the first, third, and fourth of these books became three feature-length television episodes — Red Riding 1974, Red Riding 1980, and Red Riding 1983. They aired in the UK on Channel 4 beginning on 5 March 2009 and were produced by Revolution Films. The three films were released theatrically in the US in February 2010.

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2 EXT. LEEDS - DUSK 2

Blue blue skies. Fluffy white clouds drift... Down through

the clouds to the dusk over the doleful city. The red sun

sinks. Darkness draws in.

RED RIDING:

NINETEEN SEVENTY FOUR

3 EXT. DAWSON CONSTRUCTION SITE, DEVIL’S DITCH - NIGHT 3

A silent, frozen night. We are drawn as in a nightmare - down

a lane signposted to: DEVIL’S DITCH... Past half-built houses

and dormant earth moving vehicles. Everything iced over... A

white feather flutters on the ground... Down into the

building site...

To the black trough of the foundations. We glimpse: in the

very bottom amongst the rusting rods embedded in concrete -

the lovely head, shoulders and wing of A DEAD ANGEL.

WAKEFIELD:

The Year of Our Lord 1974

The image scratches. The colour bleeds.

4 OMITTED 4

5 INT/EXT. VIVA / M1 MOTORWAY - DAY 5

Rain sluices across the windscreen. Sparks on the radio:

“This town ain’t big enough for the both of us...”

A stuffed holdall on the back seat. A black jacket sways from

a hook. 5 inch lapels. An old wrist watch on the dash. Fag

smoked down to the tip - used to light a fresh one.

EDDIE DUNFORD - youthful, ambitious, libidinous. Elongated

shirt collar and kipper tie. Booming down the M1. Headed

North. Singing along.

He checks the time.

EDDIE:

Fuck.

Fucked and he’s only just started. He drives like a demon.

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6 INT. CONFERENCE ROOM, WAKEFIELD POLICE STATION - DAY 6

Eddie, late and sweating. Editor, BILL HADLEY, grey beard,

grey eyes, is talking to an owlish, bespectacled man -

DETECTIVE SUPERINTENDENT MAURICE JOBSON. Hadley looks

pointedly at his watch.

HADLEY:

Sorry to hear about your father,

Edward.

EDDIE:

Thanks, Mr. Hadley. He had a good

innings.

HADLEY:

(to Jobson)

This is Detective Superintendent

Jobson. Mr. Dunford’s hoping to be

the Post’s new Crime Correspondent.

They shake hands.

MAURICE JOBSON:

I’ve always got along very well

with Jack Whitehead...

EDDIE:

(gritted teeth)

Good old Jack.

HADLEY:

Mr. Dunford’ll be standing in.

Trial period.

Jobson watches Eddie head through the smoky room packed with

beery JOURNOS. TV lights, notebooks, memo recorders.

MAURICE JOBSON:

Local man?

HADLEY:

Cut his teeth at our Yorkshire

Post. Been down South.

MAURICE JOBSON:

Young Turk, then.

HADLEY:

Made a pig’s ear of it down there

as I understand.

Eddie shoves his way down a row of chairs. Faces he knows and

who we’ll meet later. An old girlfriend mouths ‘hello’ spaniel

eyes - KATHRYN TYLER.

EDDIE:

Kath.

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Eddie sits beside BARRY GANNON - skinny, single, obsessed.

BARRY:

She’s serious. Sad eyes never lie.

EDDIE:

Fuck off, Barry. That’s history.

BARRY:

Here, funeral’s in 2 hours. It’s

going to be tight.

EDDIE:

We’ll make it.

BARRY:

How’s your mother?

EDDIE:

You know, bearing up.

BARRY:

Yorkshire lass through and through.

EDDIE:

(checks round)

Where’s Whitehead?

BARRY:

Jack? On the piss probably. Don’t

worry, son, you got your legs well

under the table. Just do the job.

EDDIE:

Yeah. Fuck him. He’s not getting in

on this one.

BARRY:

Aye up, the Owl’s on.

Up front, Maurice Jobson takes the stage with DETECTIVE CHIEF

SUPERINTENDENT BILL MOLLOY - late 50s, a big man, a dangerous

man. They flank a POLICE WOMAN and a crumpled couple: MR. and

MRS. KEMPLAY.

Beside them is an enlarged school photograph of a smiling 10

year old girl against a backdrop of a blue sky with fluffy

white clouds. We recognise her as the Dead Angel. Eddie

switches on his memo recorder.

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Tony Grisoni (born 28 October 1952) is a British screenwriter. He lives in London. His first feature film, Queen of Hearts, directed by Jon Amiel, won the Grand Prix at the 1990 Festival du Film de Paris. more…

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