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Kulo Luna, a humpback whale caught in ghost fishing nets

 

 

A humpback whale caught in ghost fishing nets

 

 

 

 


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Copyright 26 November 2021 All rights reserved.

 

(Directors, producers: this is a 110 page script written in Final Draft)




SCENES: ONE (Opening sequence London Bridge Station, Shard, England)



              
               EXT. LONDON BRIDGE STATION - EARLY MORNING

               It's 4am. Dawn threatening. But still dark. Looming in the
               near distance - the Shard.

               JOHN STORM - about 40, tall, athletic, ruggedly handsome -
               drops down onto the rail tracks and crosses to the opposite
               platform. He wears black hoodie, jogging pants and climbing
               shoes. A rucksack is strapped to his back. Always one step in
               front of him - his cool, understated charisma.

               Accompanying Storm is a boyish 22-year-old with John Lennon
               glasses and geekish good looks. He carries a laptop in its
               case. His name is DAN HAWK.

               Storm and Hawk clamber up onto the platform, just as a train
               pulls in and blocks them from view.

               ON THE OPPOSITE PLATFORM -- Hawk gives Storm a leg up onto
               the platform's perimeter wall. From there Storm hauls himself
               up onto the station roof, then peers back down at Hawk.

                                   STORM
                         See you after breakfast.

               Storm disappears. Hawk speaks into the face mic he wears --

                                   HAWK
                         Steve? It's go.


               INT. HELIPAD TERMINAL - EARLY MORNING

               Afro-American reporter STEVE GREEN - around 40 years of age,
               casual suit, black-framed glasses - holds his phone tight to
               his ear.

                                   STEVE
                         Check that, Hawk.
                             (to Charley)
                         Ready Charley?

               CHARLEY TEMPLE stows away her camera. Charley is early 30s,
               boyishly attractive with raven-black hair tied back in a pony
               tail. She wears combat trousers and Doctor Martin boots. She
               zips up her camera bag and throws it over her shoulder.

                                   CHARLEY
                         Ready.

               Steve drains his coffee. They head out.



               EXT. LONDON BRIDGE STATION - EARLY MORNING

               Hawk opens his laptop. Storm's YouTube channel is on screen.
               The channel is titled 'STORM'. Hawk hits LIVE STREAM.



               EXT. BASE OF SHARD - EARLY MORNING

               Storm leaps down from the station roof onto the concrete base
               of London's tallest skyscraper. Scans about. Orients himself.

                                                          MATCH CUT TO:



               EXT. LONDON BRIDGE STATION - EARLY MORNING

               CCTV IMAGE: Storm orients himself in the half-light at the
               base of the Shard.

               Hawk watches the CCTV images being live streamed on Storm's
               YouTube channel -- Storm in the half-light now, edging his
               way along the side of the building at the base of the Shard.

               INTERCUT BETWEEN BASE OF SHARD AND LONDON BRIDGE STATION

               BASE OF SHARD -- Storm puts a hand to his earpiece and speaks
               into his face mic.

                                   STORM
                         You have visual?

                                   HAWK (EARPIECE VOICE)
                         Three-sixty degrees.

               STATION -- Hawk studies the screen.

                                   HAWK
                         I'm inside their system. They have
                         the cameras. I have the remote. We
                         are live streaming to the world.

               His fingers play the keypad --

               BASE OF SHARD -- CCTV camera moves...

               STATION -- Camera angle on Hawk's laptop changes.

                                   STORM (EARPIECE VOICE)
                         Making my way round to the start
                         point now.

                                   HAWK
                         Roger that. It's twenty metres to
                         your right.

               BASE OF SHARD -- Storm hugs the wall as he makes his way over
               stealthily to the start point.

               STATION -- On the laptop Hawk sees two security guards
               approaching Storm's position.

                                   HAWK
                         You have unwanted visitors.

               BASE OF SHARD -- Storm freezes. Flattens himself against the
               wall. Dares not even breathe as the two guards amble past and
               disappear around the side of the building. Storm puts a hand
               to his earpiece and waits for Hawk's all-clear.

                                   HAWK (EARPIECE VOICE)
                         Clear to go. Good luck, Skip.

               Storm wastes no time. He hauls himself up athletically onto
               the metal frame-like structure overhanging him and slips his
               rucksack off. He pulls out two suction cups. Looks up --

               -- The Shard soars above him all the way to the sky...

               STATION -- Hawk packs his laptop away. Leaves the station.



               EXT. HELIPAD - EARLY MORNING

               Steve and Charley climb aboard an EcoBird electro-hybrid
               helicopter - Steve in the pilot's seat, Charley next to him.

               ROTOR BLADES WHIR INTO LIFE. Helicopter lifts and banks,
               almost silently. Flies off.



               EXT. SHARD - LATER - MORNING

               A SUCTION CUP SLAPS AGAINST THE GLASS PANEL as Storm heaves
               himself up and across onto the open face of the Shard...

               He climbs using the cups for grip. One and then the next. He
               climbs like Spiderman. It's a superhuman effort --

               -- He stops, dips a hand in his chalk bag, dares to look
               down. He is 50 metres above London. He continues his climb.



               EXT. LONDON BRIDGE - MORNING

               DIGI CAMERA BINOCULARS POV: Storm ascends the Shard. No
               safety harness. No ropes.

               Hawk stands on the bridge and films the climb through high-
               powered digital camera binoculars.



               INT. ECOBIRD HELICOPTER - MORNING

               Steve speaks into his face mic --

                                   STEVE
                         We're on our way, Hawk. ETA twenty-
                         six minutes.



               EXT. LONDON BRIDGE - MORNING

               Hawk films the climb, binoculars pressed to his eyes with one
               hand, phone held to his ear with the other.

                                   HAWK
                         Roger that, Steve.

               DIGI CAMERA BINOCULARS POV: Storm continues to climb. He is
               halfway up the Shard now.



               EXT. HALFWAY UP THE SHARD - MORNING

               Storms heaves himself sideways and steps onto the ladder-like
               metal structure running the full height of the Shard. Gravity
               tugs at him. It's an immense effort --

               -- He peels of the suction cup and stows it in his rucksack.
               Wipes sweat from his brow. Plants a foot on the rung above
               him. Hauls himself up a level --



               EXT. LONDON BRIDGE - MORNING

               -- Hawk observes anxiously, binoculars trained on the Shard.

                                   HAWK
                         Come on, Skip. You can do this.



               INT. SHARD HOTEL ROOM - MORNING

               MOBILE PHONE FLASHES on the bedside table. ALARM SOUNDS. A
               female hand reaches over and turns it off.

               ATTRACTIVE YOUNG WOMAN in her twenties throws off the bed
               covers and heads for the bathroom dressed in a long T-shirt.



               EXT. SHARD HOTEL ROOM - MORNING

               Storm hauls himself up onto the next rung and casts a glance
               across his shoulder, out across London. He is 200 metres up.
               Tower Bridge, Big Ben and the London Eye are way below him.



               INT. SHARD HOTEL ROOM - MORNING

               The young woman emerges from the bathroom with a towel
               wrapped around her. Crosses the room. Opens the curtains -
               GASPS! She is stunned to see STORM PEERING BACK IN AT HER --



               EXT. SHARD HOTEL ROOM - MORNING

               -- Storm almost loses his footing as the curtains draw back
               to reveal the young woman. He quickly gathers himself.

                                   STORM
                         Beautiful morning.



               EXT. LONDON BRIDGE - MORNING

               Hawk listens in through his earpiece.

                                   HAWK
                         What's that, Skip?



               EXT. SHARD HOTEL ROOM - MORNING

               Storm is still peering in at the attractive young woman.

                                   STORM
                         I was just saying the views are
                         even more distracting up here than
                         I imagined.

                                   HAWK (EARPIECE VOICE)
                         Ah. Focus, Skip. Focus.

               Young woman snaps the curtains shut.



               INT. ECOBIRD HELICOPTER - MORNING

               London skyline approaching -- THE SHARD IN VIEW -- Charley
               seated at the open door, legs dangling, camera ready.



               EXT. TOP OF SHARD - MORNING

               Storm heaves himself up another rung, then another. Plants
               his foot on the next rung, SLIPS, just manages to grab hold
               of the rung above. 300 metres above London now, dangling by
               one arm. He manages to swing across and grab hold with both
               hands. Regains his footing. Hauls himself up onto --

               -- THE TOP OF THE SHARD ... Just as --

               -- An EcoBird helicopter swoops in low, Charley hanging from
               its open door, camera trained on the man who has just free-
               climbed the Shard --

               -- Helicopter hovers. Storm gives a wave.



               INT. ECOBIRD HELICOPTER - MORNING

               CHARLEY'S CAMERA POV: Storm smiles and waves to camera --



               EXT. TOP OF SHARD - MORNING

               -- Then takes his abseil rope from his rucksack and clips it
               to the metal framework. Tugs it to make sure it's secure.

                                   SECURITY GUARD#1
                         Come on now, Sir! Climb down and
                         come inside please!

               Storm turns to see two security guards on the platform
               several floors below, calling to him through a megaphone.

                                   SECURITY GUARD#1
                         Come on buddy. Time to get down
                         now.

                                   STORM
                         Funny you should say that.

               Storm falls backwards and disappears. Security guards look
               horrified.



               INT. ECOBIRD HELICOPTER - MORNING

               CHARLEY'S CAMERA POV: Storm falls backwards off the Shard and
               abseils down, SAS-style. A banner unfurls as he descends.

               Banner reads: 'CLEANER OCEANS FOR A GREENER PLANET'

               Steve whoops and cheers and gives the thumbs up.



               EXT. LONDON BRIDGE - MORNING

               DIGI CAMERA BINOCULARS POV: Storm is now halfway down the
               Shard. The banner is fully unfurled.

               Hawk lowers the binoculars --

                                   HAWK
                         Get in!



               EXT. HALFWAY DOWN THE SHARD - MORNING

               Storm fixes the banner to the building, then watches as the
               helicopter wheels round and heads off.

               He dangles 150 metres above London. To his left a small
               balcony enclosed by an iron railing - an entry point. He
               starts to swing himself on the rope, left then right, then
               again, a human pendulum. Until --

               -- Yes! His hand grips hold of the railing and he hauls
               himself up onto the balcony to safety. He unclips the abseil
               rope and breathes...

               Just then his mobile phone vibrates in his pocket. He takes
               it out. The FACE OF GEORGE FRANKS stares back at him.

                                   STORM
                         George.

                                   FRANKS
                         Hello John. You must be hungry. I
                         ordered eggs.

                                   STORM
                         I'm thinking organic, free range.

                                   FRANKS
                         Naturally. Simon will show you in.

               Storm turns. SIMON - dressed in full waiter's livery - tips
               his head and motions towards the black door behind him.

                                   SIMON
                         This way, Sir.

               Storm enters. Black door closes behind him...

               BLACK SCREEN...

               CREDITS.

                                                               FADE IN:



SCENES: TWO (Aqua, Shard restaurant, London, England)


John Storm climbs the Shard in London, England, by way of protesting the high levels of plastic pollution in the ocean.

 

 

John Storm is a daredevil activist and protestor.

 

 

 

A young humpback whale calf is caught in plastice fishing gear, ghost nets

 

 

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This screenplay is Copyright 26th November 2021 Cleaner Ocean Foundation. Protected by the Berne Convention. This web page is copyright October 2024. All rights reserved.

 

 

 

 

JOHN STORM SCALES THE SHARD, TALLEST BUILDING IN THE UNITED KINGDOM BY WAY OF A ONE MAN ACTIVIST STUNT DAREDEVIL DEMONSTRATION - BANNER UNFURLS TO READ: "CLEANER OCEANS FOR A GREENER PLANET."