Rough Diamonds script
Synopsis: ROUGH DIAMONDS centres on the relationship between city girl ex-pop star Chrissie Bright and her 13-year-old daughter Lisa. When Chrissie decides to ‘get out’ of Brisbane and heads towards Queensland’s outback, she meets Mike Tyrell, a cattleman who drives trucks to keep the bank at bay. He is single and lives with his 13-year-old sister Sam. Mike’s dream is to be a successful cattle breeder, Chrissie is seeking to find her ‘true self’. When Mike’s road train sideswipes Chrissie’s car, Mike’s moment of inattention changes both their lives.

INT. MUSEUM - DAY

A perfect rainbow is trapped inside two flawless DIAMONDS,

glinting in the morning sun.

.

Mounted on crushed velvet, the identical diamonds are on a glass

covered pedal stool in the middle of a vast, marble MUSEUM HALL.

The stunning beauty of the stones is matched only by the .

breathtaking beauty of the young woman who's admiring them. MARIE

CLIFFORD's creamy seventeen year old skin is dappled in the

cornucopia of colors emanating from the diamonds...

She reaches out tentatively towards the glass case. Not to touch

the diamonds, but to run her fingers over a picture that's mounted

in the case below the priceless jewels. It's of a MOTHER cradling

her BABY DAUGHTER...

MARIE:

Today's the day, Mom... .

CURATOR (O.S.)

You here again, Marie?

Marie spins round, sees the bespectacled CURATOR, 60's, standing

behind her.

MARIE .

Just leaving.

Marie carefully adjusts the sign atop the glass case...

'THE MOTHER DAUGHTER DIAMONDS...'

EXT. MUSEUM - DAY

Marie fires up her powerful BMW, parked right outside the austere

Museum building. The powerful stereo blasts, sending the birds

fluttering skywards...

.

.

CREDITS appear over...

ARIEL FOOTAGE of a narrow highway, Marie's BMW streaking through

the endless tract of Florida wetlands. In the water, GATORS, warm

themselves in the early morning sun...

MOVING over the vast tracts of swampland, flocks of tropical BIRDS

stretch their majestic wings, locals speed across the stagnant

waters in their deafening AIRBOATS...

.

Through thick trees and foliage to trailer homes and tract housing

and into the town of Blue Bay, where the nip/tucked denizens sip

three martini lunches and tee off at the local country club.

"Wild Things 3" 03/22/2004 2.

Marie steers her BMW into the showroom-like parking lot of Blue

Bay High School.

INT. MARIE'S BMW - MORNING

Marie guides her powerful car towards her parking spot, when...

SCCCREEEECCCHHHH!

She SLAMS on the brakes as a figure darts in front of her car.

Almost gives her a heart attack, throwing her forward, flailing

arms crashing into the stereo, then snapped back by her seatbelt.

.

She sits stock still for a second, then looks up, out of her

windshield at the young woman scouring at her, only inches from

the front bumper of the BMW.

The sudden jolt has changed the radio station. A newscaster

rambles on...

RADIO NEWSCASTER (V.O.)

... operation, aimed at finally capturing

the Black Widow suspect after a six month

trail of embezzlement and fraud, once

again failed to snare its subject.

ELENA SANDOVAL, 17, stands defiantly in front of the BMW, her

don't-fuck-with-me stare in direct contrast with her come-fuck-me

clothes.

RADIO NEWSCASTER (V.O.)

Blue Bay Police Detective Michael

Morrison was able to recover over

$400,000 in stolen money, but the

suspect, described as Female, between

eighteen and thirty, remains at large...

Marie reaches out with a trembling hand, turns off the stereo,

then leans out of the car window.

MARIE:

I'm... so... sorry...

Elena smiles wryly.

ELENA:

You will be.

And she means it...

"Wild Things 3" 03/22/2004 3.

INT. BLUE BAY HIGH AUDITORIUM - MORNING

The auditorium is packed with the Blue Bay High student body. The

natural order is clear, the pastel flock at the front, the meat

headed jocks in the center, and the rejects at the back.

Marie is amongst her sweater monkey friends, but she's still

shocked by what happened out in the parking lot...

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Donald Crombie

Donald Crombie is an Australian film and television director. He was educated at the Anglican Church Grammar School and studied at National Institute of Dramatic Art. Crombie started work at the Commonwealth Film Unit in 1963. more…

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