1 EXT. LEICESTER SCHOOL. PLAYGROUND - DAY 3 1
It’s lunch break, and a mass of children are running around,
playing football, laughing, and generally letting off steam.
A shrill whistle. A TEACHER waves them in and the pupilscollectively start to make their way back inside. And slowlythe concrete area is emptied.
When they’re all inside, we PAN BACK - a way away - rightover to the back of the playground. Past some trees lies theschool wall. And here, behind a clump of oak trees, standsYOUNG ALICE (around 11). Awkward and overweight with agoth/emo vibe about her. A bag’s slung over her shoulder and
she’s smoking a cigarette, lost in thought. A small boy,
YOUNG MATTHEW, approaches (around 8/9). She doesn’t hearhim. He looks at something on Alice’s wrist, which she’sstaring at, lost in thought. A tattoo of a spider’s web.
It’s crude, all in black. Definitely not professionallydone.
I still can’t believe Dad didn’t
kill you for doing that.
Alice jumps - surprised to see him there.
Bloody hell, midget, you shouldn’t
creep up on people.
Did it hurt?
Can I have one?
Mum and Dad are going to kill you
if you keep bunking off.
Is Sally Cranham picking on you
Alice sighs, annoyed.
Just go away.
She starts walking off through the trees. Matthew watchesher go then heads over to the fence, pulling open a smallarea that has come loose. He wriggles underneath it, backinto the playground.
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2 EXT. MILITARY CAMP - LATER - DAY 3 2
YOUNG ALICE sneaks past a sign that reads “WELCOME TOECKHAUSEN, HOME OF THE 14th ARMOURED BRIGADE”. A convoy of
military vehicles are heading up the road as she ducks intothe woods.
3 EXT. ROAD - LATER - DAY 3 3
YOUNG ALICE makes her way down an empty road. She’s smoking,
lost in the music playing through her headphones. From aWIDE, a way back, we see a yellow VW campervan roll into
view behind her. It slows briefly. Then picks up its pace.
We’re with Young Alice, side on, as she walks along in herown world. The frame is wiped by the yellow van, which stopsbeside her and comes to a standstill.
We can’t see anything, because our view is obscured by thesoft-focus foreground of the van. But we can hear a muffledsound, the slamming of the van door, and the noise of theengine being restarted.
Back to the WIDE. The camper-van drives off, but Young Aliceis not there anymore. The road looks empty and stark -
suddenly an altogether more sinister and disturbing place.
4 INT. VAN - DAY 3 4
We’re inside the van. All we can see are YOUNG ALICE’S legs,
lying there motionless and limp. The only movement comingfrom the bumping and turning of the van.
5 EXT. ROAD - DAY 3 5
We PULL BACK now, following the van down a long windingroad, down from the base, as we pull back, back on asuperzoom lens, to take in the town of Eckhuasen below.
Eckhausen, Germany. 2003.
6 EXT. FOREST - DAY 3 (2003) 6
The sound of breathing. We hear it before we see it
A naked MAN runs as fast as he can through the forest,
breathing hard. We can’t see what he’s running from, justthe grim determination in the set of his jaw.
He crests the hill, and we hear a raucous cheer, and reveal
ten men in Army uniform standing there. One has a camera andis filming the naked man. Another, SAM, steps forward.
Ruggedly handsome, mid 30s. He’s wearing a Staff Sergeant’s
uniform. He takes out an Army insignia badge.