1 INT. LAND ROVER/EXT. LARGE CONSTRUCTION SITE - NIGHT 1
Through the window of a Land Rover, we see a construction
site working at full capacity. Huge arc lights and
floodlights illuminate the scene and men are hard at work.
A group of men are in discussion in a pool of light. There
is a conversation, then one of the men breaks off and takes a
call on his cellphone. He is distant, not even the focal
point of the shot. He puts his finger in his ear to hear the
call more clearly. He is too far away for us to see his
reactions or expression but, when he cuts the call, he walks
directly toward the car and the other men turn to watch him
As he gets closer we see he wears a tie and heavy boots and a
heavy coat. He wears a hard hat. He finds a key fob and
hits it. The lights inside the car glow in response.
The man gets into the driver’s seat. He is in his thirties,
a face made of stone and unused to expressions of emotion.
This is IVAN LOCKE.
He sits in the driver’s seat for a few moments. He takes a
breath and we might guess (or we might not) that he has just
had some important news. Is he scared, angry?
He takes out his cellphone and looks, deciding whether or not
to make a call. He checks his watch. He decides there isn’t
time for the call. He puts the phone away quickly and fires
He shifts gear and reverses. We stay with him and will stay
with him intensely for the rest of the story.
The car bumps over rough ground as Ivan heads for the big
secure gates that open out onto the street. The construction
site is massive and it takes a while to reach the edge of it.
Trucks rumble and generators roar. This is Ivan’s world.
The gates are opened by a guy in a high viz jacket. Ivan
reaches the kerb of the road and indicates right as a reflex.
But he doesn’t pull away.
He realizes that this time he must choose which way he will
go. He has a decision to make but he is a man who makes a
hundred hard decisions a day. Even so, he takes time.
A massive truck pulls up inches behind him and its headlights
fill Ivan’s car. Ivan continues to make his decision as his
indicator ticks away the seconds.
The truck hoots its baleful horn, the voice of fate.
Ivan hits the indicator to indicate left instead of right.
He turns left and joins light evening traffic.
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2 EXT. SITE THROUGH CCTV CAMERA 2
We see Ivan pulling out of the site through the lens of a
3 INT. LAND ROVER/EXT. CITY STREETS 3
Ivan will now drive through city streets toward the M6
motorway, a couple of miles away. We will not blink as we
study him as he drives...
Ivan is now confronting the crisis in his head. On the site
he was in a familiar place but now he is on a journey and
must necessarily begin to consider the destination and the
place he is leaving.
His first decision is to make a phone call on his hands free
car phone. This is an important component of the story so we
should take some time establishing the mechanism. He has a
long list of speed dial numbers, identified by names or
He speed dials a number labelled ‘Bastard’...
Hello, can I speak to Gareth?
We hear a woman’s voice from the hands-free phone. Many
voices will come into the car during this story. The first
is a woman in her forties (GARETH’S WIFE)...
GARETH’S WIFE (OOV)
He’s not back yet. Can I ask who’s
GARETH’S WIFE (OOV)
Can I say what it’s regarding?
Ivan takes a moment and decides an explanation would be