(UN)SPOKEN – Korte film

Deze korte film mocht ik samen met Sander van der Duin maken tijdens de avondacademie op het Montessori Lyceum Amsterdam. Ik schreef het scenario, gebaseerd op een korte synopsis van Ria Janssen, en ik regisseerde en monteerde.

De muziek is van All Shall Be Well.

Met dank aan Jeen Soellaart, Brett Preiss, Jos van de Water en Jasper Vreken.

INT. SCHOOL BATHROOM STALL – DAY

JASON is sitting with his feet up on the toilet seat. His hands reach around his legs. We hear him crying.

INT. SCHOOL ENTRANCE HALL – DAY

FATHER enters the hallway and walks past the camera. He’s in a hurry.

INT. DEAN’S OFFICE – DAY

We see Father and the DEAN conversing through the dean’s office window from the hallway. We don’t hear them. The dean seems worried. Father looks annoyed. Father’s body language implies that he is asking where Jason is. The dean points to the bathroom.

INT. SCHOOL BATHROOM – DAY

We hear Father approaching. His phone rings. He answers his phone while he enters the bathroom.

FATHER

Hello Mother.

FATHER’S MOTHER

(inaudible)

Are you at work?

FATHER

No i’m at Jason’s school. His dean called me. Appearantly Jason threw some kid’s backpack in the water.

FATHER’S MOTHER

(inaudible)

Really? Jason did that?

Father looks out the window and paces up and down the bathroom, focussed on the phone conversation.

FATHER

I know, it’s weird, right? The dean asked me to come to school immediately. Meanwhile Jason went to the bathroom but he hasn’t come back yet. I’m looking for him.

Father opens the first bathroom stall. It’s empty.

FATHER (CONT’D)

It’s not like him to do something like that. Maybe it’s revenge on the bully that got to him last week.

FATHER’S MOTHER (inaudible)

He’s such a sweet kid.

Father looks at himself in the mirror above the sink across from the second bathroom stall door.

FATHER

I know, he’s always so kind and thinking of others. He got that from you, mom. I sometimes wish I had more of that.

Father turns around and leans against the sink.

FATHER (CONT’D)

I get it, though. Remember I was bullied in school? It only stopped once I struck back.

JASON

(Sniffs his nose from crying.)

Father opens the bathroom stall door where Jason sits on the toilet seat cover. Jason looks at his father with crying eyes. Father looks at Jason realising he never said any of the things he just told his mother about Jason. Father stretches his arm out, Jasons comes out of the bathroom stall. They hug.