Hope and Glory script
Synopsis: Director John Boorman drew from his own childhood experiences for this touching coming-of-age tale about a boy growing up in and around London during World War II. For young Billy Rowan (Sebastian Rice Edwards), the nightly bombings provide a frightening show, but they include opportunities to rummage through the rubble with friends in the mornings. As Billy plays, his family struggles to remain intact as they suffer through the anguish and losses of wartime.

INT. ROHAN HOUSE - BACK GARDEN - SEPTEMBER 1939 - DAY

COLOUR:

Raking down a line of suburban gardens lit by a late-summer

sun. Heads move back and forth above the fences that divide

the narrow strips of land, moving to the sound of unseen

lawn mowers.

In one of these gardens two children, BILL (aged eight) and

his sister SUE (aged six) disport themselves. They are

sprawled out on the lawn, heads and hands intent on

something hidden from view in the lush vegetation of a

rockery garden. Beneath those flowers and plants is a dark

and mysterious forest, shaded by huge leaves, and broken up

by towering boulders. Mounted figures of medieval knights

ride in, guided by BILL'S gigantic hand. A wizard appears

in the path of the riders who draw up sharply. BILL gives

an impression of neighing horses. SUE'S face looms up

between large leaves. She makes the sound of spooky wind.

INT. ROHAN HOUSE - DINING/LIVING ROOM - DAY

In the penumbra of the room, the mother, GRACE, in droopy

flowered frock, crosses, floats towards the walnut wireless

and, with trembling hand, switches it on. Its green dial

glows with stations like Droitwich and Hilversum. She

glides back and drapes herself behind an armchair in which

her husband, CLIVE, sits solemn and motionless.

EXT. ROHAN HOUSE - GARDEN - DAY

The sound of the lawn-mower ceases abruptly. BILL looks up

sharply. The neighbours' heads come to rest on top of the

garden fences. They turn, listening. BILL inclines his head

towards the french windows, sensing the dread moment. He

walks towards the door and is framed there. He regards his

parents.

INT. ROHAN HOUSE - DINING/LIVING ROOM - DAY

They look back with unseeing, inward-turned eyes. Young

BILL gathers confused fragments of the fateful

announcement.

CHAMBERLAIN (V.O)

...those assurances... by eleven

o'clock... a state of war... that

this country... at war with

Germany.

The boy catches his mother's eye. She smiles en embarrassed

smile. The boy is embarrassed by her embarrassment. His

father's glassy solemnity angers him. In the garden, SUE

sings.

SUE (O.S.)

(singing)

Flat foot floogie with a Floy

Floy.

BILL turns to his sister.

BILL:

Stop that, Sue!

CLIVE is startled out of his funereal reverie.

BILL:

She just sings it. She doesn't

know what it means.

An older sister, DAWN, a tumescent fifteen, stumbles into

the room in a nightdress.

DAWN:

Where are my stockings? I can't

find my stockings!

Her mother, GRACE, interrupts her with outstretched arms.

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John Boorman

John Boorman is an English film-maker who is best known for his feature films such as Point Blank, Hell in the Pacific, Deliverance, Zardoz, Excalibur, The Emerald Forest, Hope and Glory, The General, The Tailor of Panama, and Queen and Country. more…

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