The Keeping Room script
Synopsis: The Keeping Room is a 2014 American action thriller film directed by Daniel Barber and written by Julia Hart. The film stars Brit Marling, Hailee Steinfeld, Muna Otaru, Sam Worthington, Amy Nuttall, and Ned Dennehy. It was screened in the Special Presentations section of the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. The film was in a limited release in the United States on September 25, 2015, by Drafthouse Films. The film was made available on Netflix US on May 4, 2016.

everything, surrounded by all of its OUT BUILDINGS.

-- A PEN in a field with a single GOAT.

-- The KEEPING ROOM, a cabin-sized stand alone structure,

connected to the house by a WALKWAY.

-- The BARN.

And then, people:


Louise is 16 and white. Mad is 30 and black. Both work

the field. Their clothes are worn and dirty.

It’s quiet, save for the noises of their hoes in the




The two women start. Everything stands stock still.

They hear a RUSTLING from the WOODS. They TURN.

Mad raises her HOE.


A WOMAN emerges from the woods. SOMBER and STOIC.

A GOLDEN TEMPEST of hair mussed about her face and

falling down past her shoulders, her dirty dress tied up

around her legs, her boots worn and muddy.

She holds a RIFLE in her hands, but nothing else.

This is AUGUSTA.

Mad lowers her hoe, relieved.

Augusta walks towards the other women, their EYES




But when she walks past them the anger in her eyes tells

them all they need to know: there will be no meat



The Keeping Room is self-contained. A little house unto

easy to heat, easy to cool. The small room is

overwhelmed by a large FARM TABLE in the middle. Cabinets

containing JARS and DRIED GOODS stand next to the door.

Windows line the one to the right. A SMALL STOVE is to

the left.

At the end of the table opposite the door is the

FIREPLACE. Pots bubble and spew inside it. The family’s

history hangs above the fire in the form of tintypes,

poppets, dried flowers, an OLD HAT, and several more pots

and pans.

The room is lit up not only by the fire, but also by

small OIL LAMPS that sit in the windows.

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Julia Hart

Julia Hart is a writer and director, known for The Keeping Room (2014), Miss Stevens (2016) and Madame X. more…

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