1.SCRIPT APPEARS ON BLACK SCREEN:
One hundred years ago the British Colony of Natal in Southern
Africa was surrounded by a
vast and independent Zulu Kingdom.
In 1879, a banle took place that was forever to alter the
course of colonial history:
2 EXT. DAWN.
Four Zulu's are seen in silhouette herding cattle up a hill.
3.LONG SHOT - Two Zulu's are seen in silhouette high on a
4.Seven Zulu's are seen walking in silhouette against the
5.The sun fills the screen as the sound of many running feet
and Zulu drums are heard.
6.EXT. ZULU KRAAL. DAY.
A large regiment of Zulu warriors carrying shields and assegais
are seen running into the Kraal whilst the sound of tribal
singing, chanting and drum
7.Inside the camp a group of Zulu's are seen grappling with a
bull as they struggle to
bring the animal to the ground. They are watched by a vast
circle of warriors all
8.An elaborate tribal dance ensues. It appears to be some sort
of Fenility Rite. The
females stand opposite the men in rows, chanting as they move
9.CETSHWAYO, the great Zulu King emerges into the throng. He is
fat, with a big intelligent face and superb dignity. He surveys
his subjects with
interest as they stand unanimous, thrusting their assegais into
the air whilst shouting
10.EXT. HIGH COMMISSIONER'S RESIDENCE, PIETERMARITZBURG,
BARTLE FRERE (V.0.)
Reading aloud the letter he has just written.
Cetshwayo '5 Zulu army to disband and the warriors permitted to
to their homes.
11.SWITCH TO INTERIOR. FRERE is seated at his desk whilst LORD
CHELMSFORD is seen in the background standing on the veranda.
He continues to read aloud:
Present military system to be abandoned. New regulations
the defence of the realm worked out.
CHELMSFORD enters the room, sits and studies two sheets of
All who do not submit will be dealt with as enemies of the
will not permit the arbitrary killing and
FRERE pauses as he underlines a certain word:
and unjust oppression which the Zulu people have suffered from
own King Cetshwayo
Pausing, FRERE looks up as if to meet his comrade's gaze.
however, continues to read, turning the page.
You '11 see from the letter that this ultimatum is our decision
Majesty's government seems to prefer a negotiated settlement
12.CLOSE UP of CHELMSFORD's letter:
Her Majesty's government confidentially hope that by the
exercise of prudence
and by meeting of the Zulus in a spirit of forbearance and
compromise it will be possible to avert the very serious evil
of a war with
13.Return to BARTLE FRERE. As he melts some sealing wax over a
(Referring to the letter he has just completed)
Does this do what we both know to be right Frederick?
It does Sir Henry (He folds the papers neatly in half)
The pair exchange glances as BARTLE FRERE applies the wax to his
14.CLOSE UP of stamped seal.
15.EXT. CHELMSFORD'S CAMP PIETERMARITZBURG. DAY
Activity everywhere, the incessant movement of an army in the
final stages of its
formation. Huge ox-wagons are being hauled into the camp.
16.CHELMSFORD and CREALOCK are on horseback in full regaJia as
they ride into
the centre of the Camp.
17.Squads of Basuto-infantry - tall, rangy bodies, naked except
for a loincloth and neck
ornaments - are being drilled by foul mouthed, bullying