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.

running towards JAY

A muscular young NATIVE MAN sprints from the brush and skidsto a halt in front of JAY

Bare chested, coated in blood

Standing proud and waiting as if preparing to die by JAY’S


JAY ash-grey

The young MAN blood-red

For a moment they study each other’s strangeness

Another gunshot and the NATIVE MAN looks around then bolts

past JAY

More rustling and twig snapping as THREE MEN dressed as Unionsoldiers emerge

TWO BOYS in dirty old Yankee uniforms and an OLDER MAN in an

officer’s outfit

Guns are quickly raised to point at JAY


Arms abroad boy!

JAY raises his arms up


Red skinned or white?

The coat of ash covering JAY the source of confusion



Sir. I am British.. Scottish

The officer barks orders to his two proteg.s


Catch the savage

The two YOUNG SOLDIERS run off into the woods

JAY and the OFFICER stare at each other for a BEAT

Two muffled gunshots then silence

The OFFICER smiles, thinking the NATIVE has been killed


I am Jay Cavendish, Son of LadyCavendish

OFFICER lowers his rifle and walks towards JAY


We’re all Sons of Bitches

Seemingly from thin air, a figure appears behind the OFFICER

and cocks his gun by the OFFICER’S ear, while taking theOFFICER’s gun in one smooth action


Mid thirties, lean, fit

SILAS is dirt ingrained, only his eyes are clean

SILAS looks WILD, yet..

His movements are skillful, economic, fast, his posture

confident, capable and in control to the point of blas.

Succinct in words and action


A grave play, boy

JAY draws his gun and points it at SILAS


Sir. Lower your pistol

SILAS sighs, then slowly circles round continuing to hold hisgun to the OFFICER’S head, and moves towards JAY


Hey !

SILAS moves up to JAY, continuing to point the gun at theOFFICER, and snatches JAY’S gun from him

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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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