Transcript of "Dating 101 by Sammy Ali and Adrianna Paniak"
EXT. STREET. NIGHT
HARRY is a skinny, nervous looking young man. He is awkward
and not particularly fashionable. He is walking down the
road, moving in and out of the shadows cast by the
streetlights. He looks decidedly nervous. He stops and
pauses. For a moment he looks as if he will turn around, but
stops mid turn and clenches his fists as if girding himself
up for something. He sets his jaw then takes three more
steps before stopping, shaking his head quickly and turning
around. As he hurriedly walks away his phone rings stopping
him dead in his tracks. He riffles through his pockets and
then picks up the phone pressing it to his ear.
(Surprised and nervous)
The screen splits in two to reveal CAMERON, a handsome young
man with floppy hair. CAM is sitting on a large sofa, bathed
in the orange and red glow of the lights in Miles’ bar. He
looks a little cross as he speaks to Harry.
Whoa there! Where do you think
What? I’m just...Er.
Turn that skinny arse back around
and get yourself here now.
I don’t know you know, I mean. I
think I’ll just...
The call waiting sound interrupts Harry.
Sorry Cam, I’ve got another call
coming in. Give me a sec...
The screen splits a third time to reveal MATT, a lantern
jawed young man with a swagger of confidence. He is sitting
on the other side of the couch from Cameron. He has a
natural air of confidence.
You heard him Harry, get yourself
Harry looks from side to side as if really talking to them
face to face.
Please guys, I really don’t. Just
tell CAM I’m sorry.
Sorry? (To Cam) He says he’s sorry.
Gimme the phone.
Will passes the phone to Cam across the division in the
Don’t give me that. We’ve spent a
lot of time and effort arranging
this. Plus, I’ve got a bit of a
surprise lined up. For both of
You’ll see...Anyway, no more
arguing. Get yourself here...
MATT AND CAM TOGETHER
As they say now, the central split disappears to reveal
Harry sitting between them.
Okay, Okay, no need to shout.
Cameron passes the phone back to Matt who puts it into his
Look boys I’m not sure I’m this
desperate. There must be better
ways to find a girlfriend.
This is just a friendly gathering
of friends. If you like a girl,
that’s perfect. If not, there’s no
harm leaving empty handed.
Anyway, you need a girlfriend ASAP
or you’ll end up with a hand like a
He holds up his hand in the shape of a clawed first.
I could be at home right now with a
tub of Ben & Jerry’s. They’re
showing the notebook on Film 4 as
Matt’s phone rings mid dialogue.
He covers the phone then talks quickly to the boys while
I just need to take this. (To Harry
- pointing at the phone) Perfect
match for you this one. (To Cam)
I’m sure you’ll like her too. Drink
(Shaking his head)
No. No thanks.
I’m good for now. You might want to
get yourself one though.You might
MATT frowns questioningly at Cam then shakes his head
talking directly into the phone while leaving down the
Hi sorry ... Yeah...Yeah okay...
We’ll meet you upstairs... Yeah ...
Yeah, we’re at Miles’. I’ll get you
a drink. What do you ... (trails
Harry rubs his legs nervously.
I’m really nervous Cam. I mean what
if she thinks I’m nerdy or
something like that?
Of course she’ll think you’re
nerdy. You’re the biggest nerd I
Cam looks over the rail and down the stairs and smiles then
leans in confidentially to talk to Harry.
Anyway, here she comes.
Harry looks nervously around then back at Cam.
Let the games begin.
A moment later NICOLE arrives at the top of the stairs. She
is wearing a tight top, short skirt, high heels and rather
too much makeup. She has a glass in her hand which she
clasps with her fingertips because of her long red nails.
Hi Nicole, how are you?
He Cam, I’m great thanks. How are
Good. Really good.
Harry stands up politely and waits for Nicole to sit until
sitting himself. Nicole smiles at this. She is flirtatious
throughout their brief conversation, Harry is nervous.
Mmmmm, such a gentleman! So, you
must be Harry.
Err. Yes. And you must be Nicole?
That’s right. Don’t be nervous. I
Oh. Good. Thank you. So. Err. Would
you like a drink?
Nicole grins and lifts her drink to her lips.
Oh sorry. Errrr.
Maybe you’re the one that needs the
drink. Loosen you up a little.
As Will returns he is shocked and appalled to see Nicole.
She is similarly annoyed at his presence. Harry is bemused
and worried, while Cam is clearly finding the experience
What’s she doin’ here?
I could ask you the same thing.
Did you invite her?
There’s no way you can date her
Why not Will? Harry looks like
nice. You wouldn’t try to kiss my
sister while you were seeing me
would you Harry?
Harry looks like he is about to answer, shaking his head
already, but he is cut off by Will.
To Harry) Don’t answer her. (To
Cam) And you can stop grinning. I
can’t believe you did this. You
know she broke my heart.
Plenty more fish in the sea you
NOT THIS FISH!
Nicole rises angrily to her feet.
That’s it, I’m not listening to any
more of this. You were the worst
boyfriend I ever had.
She crosses past him as she speaks her last lines and
practically spits them into his face before storming off
down the stairs. Will calls his line after her.
Best you mean. You’ll never get
over me. (Then to Cam) You’re in
This is like some sort of disaster
movie. I’m getting out of here.
He starts to stand but Cam pulls him down as Will pushes him
No. No. No. You sit right there.
The nights young. Anyway Cam’s had
his fun, it’s time for a real date.
She’ll be up any minute now.
He moves to look over the stairs then quickly returns to sit
back down by the other boys.
Here she comes.
He tugs at Harry’s clothes.
Come on son, smarten yourself up.
This could be the one you know.
In walks KATY, she has long dark hair, a dress, colourful
tights and heavy boots. She looks happy to see everyone
until she sees Cam, who glares at her. It is Will’s turn to
Oh my god Will. I can’t believe you
invited me and you knew he was
going to be here.
She makes to leave but will gets up and ushers her to her
No. no. Come on. You’re here to
meet Harry. Cam’s got nothing to do
Okay, so. Harry is it?
He nods a little sheepishly. She tries to maintain eye
contact with him, but keeps finding her gaze diverted to Cam
who is glaring at her. As she sits down she puts her large
bag and phone down the table along with a few other items of
Nice to meet you.
Likewise. You look very nice.
Thank you. That’s nice of you to
say. I do try to always look nice.
Look I’ve had enough of this. You
can’t do this Harry. I dumped this
one for a reason. She’s way too
Too clingy. You mean I wasn’t
comfortable with you seeing me when
you were seeing other people.
I told you I wanted to explore
The other person was a guy. What
does that tell you?
Well, you kissed a girl, and you
Katy stands and gathers her bag and phone and other items
from the table.
Well it was lovely to meet you
Harry. Not so sure about your
choice of friends.
With that parting shot she leaves. Cam and Will begin to
argue heatedly over Harry’s shoulders. Mid argument he walks
out and goes downstairs. The boys seem oblivious to the fact
he has left.
What the hell was that about? You
know what a hard time I had with
her and you bring her here just to
That’s rich. You invited the worst
girl I’ve ever been out with. She
broke my heart.
She broke your XBox, and all your
CDs as well if I remember. Didn’t
she put your phone down the toilet
Exactly. What did you invite her
for? She’s a grade A psycho.
At least she’s not a lesbian.
Neither was Katy till you got
EXT. BUS STOP. NIGHT
Harry sits down on the bench beside a bus stop and hugs his
coat around himself. He looks to his left to discover JULIA.
She is a timid looking girl with a heavy duffel coat and
glasses. Harry looks to her and smiles and nods. She does
the same in return.
They nod and smile and pause for a while.
I got dragged out by some
girlfriends trying to set me up on
Ha, really? Me too... Boyfriends
Again there is a long pause.
I’d been hoping to stay in for a
foursome with three men I love.
Harry is shocked by this?
You were what?
(nodding to herself)
Ben, Jerry and Ryan Gosling.
Harry, grins and looks at his watch.
I love The Notebook. If we’re quick
we can catch it on plus one.
The bus isn’t due for twenty
If we walk fast we can make it to
mine in 15.
(smiling and nodding)
They both stand and take each others hands and start to walk
away into the distance.
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