What happens in the rest of the film?
Obviously the rest of the film is important to think about otherwise I won‟t know how I
want the film opening to start.
So for the film opening I decided that I wanted to revolve it around a woman who is upset
and has a „guilty conscience‟ about some sort of crime that took place in her family. But why
was she guilty? What had she done? At the end of the script she asks the audience the
question “Did I kill her?” while we are seeing an arm holding down the teen in the bath tub.
This lets the audience question her innocence. Who was she supposed to of killed? Did she
actually do it or just know about it? As she said in the script “Is standing by and letting it
happen, worse than committing the act itself?”
I considered all of the questions whilst doing the pre-production of my film opening, I
decided that the after we see the arm in the bath tub the girl comes up from the bath and
gasps for air. The film carries on and shows that the father is abusing the teenage daughter.
But they represent themselves as a normal family to the public.
The girl attends a normal school but is not allowed a social life because of the chance she
could tell a trusted friend what is happening inside the house. The main character (the
women at the beginning of the film) is incredibly controlled by the man, she knows what is
going on but her mother instinct is not kicking in and telling him to stop what he is doing.
So the abuse carries on but just gets worse and worse. So bad that eventually towards the
end of the film the abuse turns into murder, the film progresses to show the father
blackmailing the teenage girl and abusing her. He pours petrol inside her room when she
goes to sleep that night and the mother knows what he is doing, she confronts him and starts
shouting and screaming, but his reaction is vicious. He throws the mother down the stairs
and she stumbles out of the door crying. She hears the lighting of a match and the next thing
she knows the house goes up in flames, she can hear voices, crying, and screaming. She tries
to go upstairs through all the smoke and fire to get her, but he has locked her door from the
inside. And she realises that he is in there too. She tries kicking the doors down but she has
not got enough strength. She ends up passing out from the substances inside the house like
the smoke. The ambulance comes which is called by a local neighbour.
She wakes up, in a hospital bed. “2 weeks later” comes across the bottom of the screen. The
nurse is sorting out her bed and the news is on in the background. As the mother wakes up
she asks “what‟s happened? Why am I here? I‟m so confused… get me out, get me out of these
wires!” then we hear the news talk about the investigation of a father and a daughter burnt to
death in their house. The women reacted surprised and started screaming, kicking and
crying knowing it was her husband and daughter.
When she is released from hospital her mother buys her a flat to move into for the time being
and she tries to get herself together and put a Christmas tree up. This is when the beginning
of the film starts playing. But once she had run her bath. She gets in it and commits suicide
with some pills she takes alongside her glass of wine.