Slow West script
Slow West (2015)
Synopsis: A bounty hunter (Michael Fassbender) keeps his true motive a secret from the naive Scottish teenager (Kodi Smit-McPhee) he's offered to serve as bodyguard and guide while the youth searches for his beloved in 1800s Colorado.

FADE IN:

2 EXT - COLORADO FOREST - NIGHT 2

Our hero, JAY CAVENDISH lies on a blanket, a colt six-shooter

gun in his hand, and looks up to a sky full of stars

He begins his nightly recital, naming each constellation

JAY:

Pegasus, The Great Bear, The

Dragon, Andromeda

JAY is sixteen, skinny, dark hair and dark eyes, handsome inan other-worldly way

He is about to sleep fully clothed, and what fine clothesthey are - an exquisitely tailored three piece suit and fineleather boots

JAY lifts his gun up and points to the night sky and pretendsto shoot

He makes a soft sound on each ‘pretend shot’ and a starappears and forms Orion

JAY (CONT’D)

Orion’s Belt

JAY lowers his gun and smiles as he remembers the love of hislife, ROSE ROSS

CUT TO:

3 EXT - SCOTLAND - DREAM FLASHBACK - WINDY BEACH - DAY 3

ROSE ROSS, beautiful, dressed in peasant clothes, sits on topof JAY, smiles

CUT TO:

2.

4 EXT - COLORADO FOREST - NIGHT 4

JAY stows away his gun, tucks his wallet into his insidepocket, rolls onto his side, shuts his eyes and falls asleep

CUT TO:

5 EXT - COLORADO FOREST - DAWN 5

Next day, first light, dawn chorus, JAY rolls up his blanketand grabs his duffle bag

TITLE - SLOW WEST

JAY sits on his horse. His horse is laden with many bags,

cases, blankets, boxes

JAY pulls out a small wooden box and lifts lid to reveal a

compass

JAY rides off in the direction - WEST

He rides awkwardly though the trees, holding the compass

aloft

6

EXT - EDGE OF FOREST / PRAIRIE - DAY 6

JAY rides out of the forest into an open grass prairie

The sun now beats down

Strange structures appear. Dotted across the prairie, bodies

wrapped in cloth lie on stilts facing the sky

A Native burial ground, a happy hunting ground

The stilts are adorned with feathers and beads

JAY weaves through the structures and past a group of native

women sitting, preparing dead bodies of men wrapped in cloth

JAY rides past. The women ignore him

7

EXT - FOREST - DAY 7

Into the forest

A line of native women and children pass JAY

The final native, carrying a baby looks at JAY as he passes

JAY rides on, bringing his compass out again and continuing

West

3.

JAY has another flashing memory of ROSE and their timetogether in Scotland

CUT TO:

8

EXT - SCOTLAND - HILLSIDE - DREAM FLASHBACK 8

A strong wind blowing, a heathery landscape and beyond arough sea

Rose stands on top of a small rock formation and lifts her

arms causing her shawl to flap in the wind

JAY sits next to her

ROSE turns and smiles at JAY, then leaps from the small rock

and runs down the hill

CUT TO:

9

EXT - FOREST - DAY 9

JAY rides into a cloud of dense smoke

The forest air becomes ‘foggy’ until JAY is but a faint

silhouette

He and his pony begin to cough

JAY covers his mouth with cloth

The air is thick with ash

Black jagged shapes- burnt stumps of trees emerge from the

grey

Now only shades of grey

SILAS SELLECK (V.O.)

I was drifting west when I picked

up his trail - deep in Colorado

Territory - A jack-rabbit in a den

of wolves, fortunate to be alive

(The voice over is an older man than JAY, with an Irishaccent - Later we will meet the man who owns this voice)

JAY, now walking his horse, has covered his mouth with ahandkerchief

JAY is covered head to toe in gray ash, and so is his horse

JAY enters a clearing

Remains of tee-pee frames and tree stumps smoulder black andsmoke

4.

This was a Native camp, freshly razed to the ground

JAY leads his horse through the remains

No bodies. The dead removed

Another forest clearing

A distant gun shot startles JAY and his horse

JAY stops

Another gun shot

Then another

JAY walks slowly from his horse

More gunshots

Branches snap under foot from yonder, the sound of someone

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John Maclean

ohn Maclean studied BA drawing and painting at Edinburgh college of Art and MA at The Royal College of art in London. After graduating, he formed The Beta Band with friends, 1997 to 2004 and The Aliens 2005 to 2008. John made many of the band's music videos. In 2009 John made Man on a Motorcycle, a short film starring Michael Fassbender, filmed ... more…

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