Miss Sloane script
Miss Sloane (2016)
Synopsis: In the high-stakes world of political power-brokers, Elizabeth Sloane is the most sought after and formidable lobbyist in D.C. But when taking on the most powerful opponent of her career, she finds winning may come at too high a price.

FADE IN:

INT. U.S. CONGRESS - WAITING ROOM - DAY

ELIZABETH SLOANE (48) stares at us contemptuously. Articulate,

quick-witted and direct:

ELIZABETH:

Lobbying is about foresight. About

anticipating your opponent’s moves

and devising countermeasures. The

winner plots one step ahead of the

opposition, and plays her trump card

just after they play theirs.

She’s actually speaking to her attorney, DANIEL POSNER (40s),

who stands, frustrated, as that wasn’t the answer he wanted.

POSNER:

Tell me you’re going to take this

seriously when you’re in there.

He motions to the DOOR. An atmospheric BUZZ of anticipation

emanates from behind it. Elizabeth is seated, unruffled.

ELIZABETH:

It’s about making sure you surprise

them, and they don’t surprise you.

POSNER:

You’re gonna say that? Come on,

again:

(interrogatory)

Could you please describe the nature

of your work?

ELIZABETH:

(petulant)

Upon the advice of counsel, I must

respectfully decline to answer your

question, based on my rights under

the Fifth Amendment to the United

States Constitution.

Posner claps sarcastically.

POSNER:

Those words - when you’re not taking

the oath or confirming details -

those words, in that order, are all

you’re gonna say.

(interrogatory)

Ms. Sloane, on average, would you say

you bribed public officials more or

less than once a month?

ELIZABETH:

Upon the advice of counsel - am I

allowed to deviate slightly? On the

advice of counsel? On the advice of

my attorney? I understand if that

last one’s too adventurous for you.

POSNER:

You do not

2.

ELIZABETH:

This would be a whole lot easier if I

could just shout ‘Fifth’.

POSNER:

No deviations.

ELIZABETH:

Can I use a silly voice?

(silly voice)

Upon the advice of counsel...

That’s the last straw. Posner deflates, shuts down. A pause.

The first time we hear the full extent of the RUCKUS outside

the waiting room. Softly:

POSNER:

This isn’t a joke. They want you

behind bars. You make one statement,

correct one nefarious allegation,

that’s it. You waive your right to

the Fifth and you’re compelled to

answer everything. You’re being taken

to the woodshed in front of the

national press, they’re gonna rile

you so bad they’d make Gandhi wanna

cut their tongues out.

ELIZABETH:

Daniel. When I take the stand, you’ll

see nothing but a granite wall.

POSNER:

Good.

Elizabeth stands up straight, shoulders back. She makes a

minor adjustment to her professional business attire. No one

but her would’ve noticed the near-imperceptible blemish.

Posner glances at his watch.

POSNER (CONT’D)

You’re on in five.

(extends hand)

Ms. Sloane. Good luck.

She does not shake.

ELIZABETH:

You’re on retainer, Mr. Posner, to

remove luck from the equation.

With a subtle shake of the head, Posner turns and trudges out.

The pervasive BUZZ ratchets up the second the door is opened,

and mutes once more as it closes.

Now alone, Elizabeth EXHALES deeply, a valve abruptly

unblocked. As if suddenly weak in the knees, she sits back

down. Stares into the middle distance; determination

extingiushed from her eyes.

She snatches her Fendi handbag and rummages in it. Her hands

now tremble, nerves taking hold. She finds what she’s looking

for - a small TRINKET BOX.

3.

She considers it for a moment, hands still fidgeting. Her eyes

snap shut. DEEP BREATHS to calm a racing heart.

Breathe. Breathe... Breathe.

Definitively, she closes her palm on the box as those

determined eyes blink back into existence.

Elizabeth steps to the desk and rockets the trinket box into

the trash can. She grabs her handbag and strides out, head

held high.

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Jonathan Perera

Miss Sloane (2016)" was the first screenplay writer Jonathan Perera has ever written. He started writing it when he was 30-years-old while living in Asia. It was produced only 2 years later. more…

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