The Inland Road

Genre: Drama
90 min

Are you all right?

I'm okay.

How about you?

I've been better.

The tire burst, I lost control.

Where's Matt?

I think he's just

gone to get some help.

Oh Jesus, Tia.

Have you spoken to your mother?


We had a fight.

Yeah, she called.

Let's have a look at it, then.

What the f*** were you thinking?

I was wondering if I could

come stay with you for a bit.

Carol and I, we've

only just started

to get ourselves

together, you know.

We've got the

boys to think about.

Please, Dad.


Take it.

Get on a bus, go home,

and sort it out with

your mother, will you?

You're 16, Tia.

Just go home.

I need to go to Cromwell.


That'll cost close to 150 bucks.

Here at St. Paul's, and

in the wider community.

I want to assure you of

our prayers this week

as you grieve the

loss of Matthew Roberts.

Matthew's family

have had close links

with St. Paul's church,

and we see them as part

of our extended family.

We hope and pray that we

can be a support to you,

not only today, but in the

weeks and months that lie ahead.

A particular welcome to you, May.

I know that there are

many people here today

that have come to support you.

His sister-in-law, Donna.

And his brother-in-law, Will.

And to his daughter, Lily.

Welcome to you today.

Would you please be upstanding

as we sing the 23rd Psalm.

(bright organ music)

# The Lord is my shepherd

# I shall not want

# He makes me down to lie

# In pastures green

# He leadeth me

# Down quiet waters by

Hi there.

I'm Donna, I'm Will's wife.

I saw you at the church,

but I didn't get a chance

to say a proper hello.


Will's gone, Edith's looking for her.

Can you just

come and talk to her?

Yeah, okay.

Excuse me a minute.



Do you want a tailor-made?


- Cheers.

You lied to me.

You knew he was dead already.

They knew before you ran for help.

If I had told you,

couldn't have lived, you.

You saved my life, too.

Thank you.

Love you, Mom.

Goodnight, May.

What is she still doing here?

Hi, Tia.

Are you all right?


You just waiting for your ride, or...

Um, no.

Not really.

Where else are you staying?


Why don't you come

and stay with us tonight?

Yeah, yeah.

Just jump in.

I know Will really

appreciated you coming today.

Sorry about the smell, but

we're doing some renovations

to the main house at the moment,

and I just think you'll be

more comfortable out here.

No, this is good, thanks.


Well, you just

make yourself at home.

Have you got any Peritol?


It's yum.

It's Donna's mum's recipe.

I sometimes put tomatoes in it,

but I think it's

better just pumpkin.

Are you a farmer?

I'm a bricky.


Matt was the main farmer.

She's shooting f***ing possums?

I told you to lock that gun up!

Who the hell

does she think she is?

Leave it, Donna.

I'll handle it.


What the f***

are you playing at?


'Night, then.

How long is she gonna stay?

I dunno.

We don't even

know anything about her.

I mean, I think we should

put a timeframe on it.

It's not the greatest

time to have a visitor.

Will, we need to make a plan.

We're having a baby, Will.

Christ, Donna, have you seen her?

I did that to her.

Far as I'm concerned, she can stay

as long as she goddamn likes.


Do you want some breakfast?

You can't go helping

yourself to our rifles, okay?

It's really dangerous.

There was a possum on the roof.

Yeah, well, we get a lot of possums.

Look, if you need to stay

here for a while, that's fine.

But you need to help out

around the place, okay?

I was thinking I might go see May.

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Jackie van Beek

Jackie van Beek (born 1976) is a New Zealand playwright, film director, writer and actress. more…

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