In a Russian summer meadow, a young girl spins around and
around. A simple guitar theme plays as the low sun catches
her hair. Around her neck is a pair of field binoculars, and
she runs through the meadow with them pressed to her face,
spying butterflies, birds, rabbits. She reaches the top of a
hillock, and jumps into the air, and flies up into the sky.
We float up and up with her as she aims the binoculars up,
up, into the sun.
FADE THROUGH SUN TO:
An aerial shot of the rolling English countryside. Nothing
but fields and trees for miles. The shot describes a panorama
before looking directly down, at the earth, and we begin to
We fly low over a field, a ditch and straight out over six
lanes of motorway. Cars and lorries tear below at a hundred
miles an hour. We fly over the hard shoulder to another field
We descend on two young boys in the field. A pornographic
magazine is spread out of the flattened grass. One of the
boys puts a match to the centre page and as the flames lick
up, we begin to move again, across the field, over a path
and into a suburban garden.
We fly over five or six gardens, over a barbecue, over
children splashing in a pool, over a woman sunbathing, a man
mowing his lawn, a young boy bouncing up and down on a garden
trampoline, to arrive on the patio of John Buckingham. He
walks out onto the patio, where he sits in a chair, facing
his house, setting down a mug of tea.
A blurred face sharpening into focus, John Buckingham, about
thirty-two, sitting on his patio, his garden behind, fields
His hand adjusts a microphone on his lapel.
Hello, hello. Hello...
He shifts in his chair. Coughs. He looks straight at us.
I don't believe in perfect love. You
know, love that comes out of the sky
like a thunderbolt and uh... This is
He removes the microphone. He sits there, thinking very hard.
No. No no no. Nope.
He stands, turns and stretches.
He is sitting as before, looking at us.
Running. Reading. Going out. Staying
in. The countryside. Films, if they're
Thoughtful. Outgoing. Ambitious.
Well-read. Reasonably popular.
Balanced. Trusting. Quite attractive.