Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Philippa's Tail - Fish Shop

INT. FISH SHOP – DAY
TERRY is talking to a SHOPKEEPER, who eyes him oddly.
Shopkeeper
Freshwater or saltwater?
Terry
Fresh. 
Shopkeeper
Right.  I've got a cherry barb, a checker barb, a clipper barb, a clown barb; a gold barb a gold-en barb - which is NOT THE SAME THING – a melon barb, a rosy barb, a spanner barb and a swamp barb.  I can get you in a tiger barb but we don't stock tinfoil barbs 'cause they're a bunch of bastards. (BEAT) That's if you want a barb.
Terry
Actually, I had something else in mind...?
Shopkeeper
Oh, yeah? Well we got lots of fish, for the connoisseur. Just of your cyprinids now, we've got...: -
Terry
What I was actually after was...
Terry rummages in his pockets, takes out a wallet, and opens the wallet to produce the dead Philippa.
Terry
...something a bit like this... If you had it...
The shopkeeper eyes him questioningly. He takes the proffered fish corpse and proceeds to examine it, turning it over with an expert eye, testing it for texture, holding it to the light, giving it a professional sniff.
Shopkeeper
Come with me please.
The shopkeeper takes Terry to the back room of the shop.
Terry
So... do you think you might have anything along those lines...?
Shopkeeper
Neolamprologus brichardi, the lyretail or fairy cichlid.  Don't mind my asking: how did this fish die?
Terry
I'm sorry...?
Shopkeeper
Nothing. It's just: it looks like this fish has been chewed.
Terry
What?
Shopkeeper
This Neolamprologus brichardi shows unmistakable signs of chewing.  It's been masticated, mate.  Have you been chewing this fish?
Terry
No. I...-!
Shopkeeper
I'm not making any judgements! It's becoming increasingly destigmatised, you know, ichthyerasty, or auto-erotic tail tonsil tickling.  “Fish chewing” if you have to be vulgar.
Terry
It was a cat!
Shopkeeper
A cat? 'Course it was, sir...  All right, mate. I'll sort you out. (BEAT) She's a little stunner, isn't she, the Neolamprologus brichardi...!
This with a slightly unsettling wink. He leaves the room and Terry glares at the dead fish balefully.  The shopkeeper returns with a fish in a plastic bag.
Shopkeeper
There you go, mate.  Enjoy her.
He grimaces lewdly.  Terry pays hurriedly. As goes, the shopkeeper calls after him.
Shopkeeper
Here!  Mate...
Terry turns, suspiciously. The shopkeeper hands him a card.
Shopkeeper
Give us a call. I can introduce you to some people. You're not alone...
He gives Terry a conspiratorial wink.  Terry takes the card weakly and exits, a little stunned.

Backstory - Mata Hari

When Film Director William van Aimstra researched his family tree, he found Hollywood actress Audrey Hepburn.

It is on Her, that he based the character of Miss Sky, in his film .... Eye of the Day.

Going back into the family history, another famous relative was found. Born in Holland but married with a Rudolph MacLeod of Scottish origin. Alleged female spy, Mata Hari. Which translates to Eye of the Day in Malaysian. Meaning the Sun.

It is believed that she had an affair, from which she gave birth to her daughter, Banda. Hence character Rainbow. It is through the observation of the daughter that the story of her mother, Mata Hari, is told.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

SHRINk the film

This Spring sees film maker Willem working on his screenplay titled 'SHRINk'.

It is a short story about two sisters, their dramatic separation, a vicious head shrink, and the discovery of true values in life.

Its web site can be visited at http://www.shrinkthefilm.com

Give it a go, expand your imagination!