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A conflicted love affair, opening.

Screenplay by Richard North

 A conflicted love affair

Scene 1

INT. PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIO- NOON.

LISA is posing at many different angles. The camera flashes, she twirls and smiles.

The PHOTOGRAPHER stops and looks at her.

PHOTOGRAPHER
Good job. Lisa.

Lisa smiles in a shy manner.

PHOTOGRAPHER (CONT’D)
You’re going to win plenty of fans with these shots.

LISA.
Easy tiger

Lisa walks towards the window on the far side of the room and looks out.

People and cars pass by in the street below.

ROGER, Lisa’s agent walks into the room and speaks indistinctly to the photographer.

Lisa turns around.

Roger smiles and walks towards her.

ROGER
The photographer seems impressed with the shots.

He stops in front of her.

ROGER (CONT’D)
Wow you look stunning, as always.
How did you find the shoot?

Lisa smiles

LISA.
I was easy enough, a bit boring though.

ROGER
Oh. Come on now Lisa, I know you like the attention.
Anyway I have got a new prospective client for you.

Lisa looks Roger in the eyes.

ROGER. (CONT’D)
This one’s for real.
This one will make you international.

LISA.
Who?

ROGER.
Zelda’s

Lisa turns back towards the window.

ROGER (CONT’D)
They’re offering a hundred thousand a year, Lisa, are you listening?

Lisa looks down at the street.

LISA.
I’m listening.

Roger steps forward

ROGER
You seem a bit unhappy today. What’s on your mind?

Lisa sighs.

LISA
Do you remember three years ago, when you recruited me?

Roger smiles contentedly

ROGER
How could I forget? You were so cocky, though I haven’t seen much of that side of you recently.
The last month or so you have seemed a bit down.

LISA
I’ve been having second thoughts about all of this.
I’m beginning to think that something is not right, like something is missing

Lisa turns round.

LISA. (CONT’D)
At school I always thought I‘d go to university.
Study something.
Instead I dropped out.

Lisa walks past roger.

LISA. (CONT’D)
Where will I be in five years?
On the scrapheap, that’s where.
It all feels so false.
I feel so false.

Roger smiles and turns around to face Lisa.

ROGER.
That’s the industry Lisa, you knew that when you started out.
Look, most successful models go on to bring out their own fashion lines.
You’re well on your way, Lisa.
To throw away all of your hard work over the last few years is foolhardy.

Lisa walks back to the window and looks out.

ROGER. (CONT’D)
Just think about it Lisa.
Zelda’s is an international fashion label.
For you that means fame, and I’m sure that you will do a great job.

Lisa smiles a weak smile.

LISA.
I’ll come and see you tomorrow.

Roger nods and walks away.

Lisa sits down in a char by the window, her phone rings.

She looks at who is ringing, sighs and answers

LISA.
Hi darling, what’s up?

VINCE’S voice speaks from the phone.

VINCE
Nothing, I was just wondering if you have time for lunch.

LISA.
Yes babes, where are you?

VINCE
The golden gate, how long will you be?

Lisa stands up and walks to the window.

VINCE. (CONT’D)
Lisa, are you drifting again?

LISA. (Cutting in)
I don’t know why you always say that Vince?

VINCE.
Sorry baby, just get down here as quick as you can, I‘m hungry.

The phone cuts off.

Lisa takes a last look out of the window and walks towards the door.

The photographer turns to her.

PHOTOGRAPHER
Can I keep this one?
You look so good in it.

LISA.
See, I knew the moment we met, you were a pervert.

The photographer smiles and walks towards her.

PHOTOGRAPHER
Well that’s not a very nice thing to say Lisa.
If I didn’t know better I’d be offended.

Lisa laughs.

PHOTOGRAPHER (CONT’D)
It’s good to see you again.

LISA
You take care now darling.

Lisa walks out of the room smiling.

 

scene 2

 

INT. GOLDEN GATE BAR – AFTERNOON.

VINCE is sat down near the window looking out.

A waiter comes up to his table.

VINCE.
Not yet, I’m waiting for someone

The waiter nods and moves on to the next table.

Vince pulls his phone out of his pocket.

LISA walks through the door and looks around.

Vince waves.

Lisa walks up, takes off her scarf and sits down.

VINCE. (CONT’D)
How did the shoot go?

Lisa looks around.

VINCE. (CONT’D)
Hello darling?

LISA.
Oh fine, nothing new really.
Roger’s got another contract for me to look at.

VINCE
Is the money good?

Lisa looks sharply at Vince.

LISA
It’s always money with you.
Don’t you think of nothing else?

VINCE
I just don’t want to see them take advantage of you that’s all.

LISA. (Annoyed)
I can take care of myself, thank you.

Vince sniggers.

LISA. (Raising voice)
What?

VINCE.
Never mind baby, let’s eat.

Vince gestures to a waiter.

The waiter walks over.

VINCE. (CONT’D)
I‘ll have the Rib eye steak and a Kronenberg.

Lisa looks at Vince.

The waiter turns to Lisa.

LISA.
A green salad and some water please.

VINCE.
You are allowed to eat more.

Lisa looks at the waiter; he takes the hint and walks off.

VINCE. (CONT’D)
So tell me about this contract.
Which company?

LISA.
Zelda’s.

VINCE.
Oh wow, that’s great.

LISA.
Is it?

VINCE
Lisa, are you tripping?
It’s your first international contract.
You’ll get to travel the world like you’ve always wanted.
And you’re sitting here like your dog just died.
What’s wrong with you?

The waiter walks over with the drinks and Lisa looks annoyed at Vince.

The waiter walks away.

VINCE. (CONT’D)
Sorry.
That was rude of me.

Lisa looks out of the window.

VINCE. (CONT’D)
Something is wrong Lisa.
I can see it in your eyes.

LISA.
I’m fine.

VINCE.
You really expect me to believe that.
Lisa, I love you. I care deeply about you.
I just don’t want to see you suffer.
It’s my job to look after you.

Lisa looks Vince in the eyes.

Vince smiles kindly.

LISA
It’s fine. I’m just a little under the weather.

VINCE.
Ok darling.

SANDRA, Vince’s colleague walks up towards them.

SANDRA.
Vince, what are you doing here?

Vince jumps up from his seat and gives her a hug.

VINCE.
Sandra, this is Lisa.
Lisa, Sandra.
She works with me at the law firm.

Lisa stands up and puts out her hand.

Sandra hesitantly shakes Lisa’s hand.

SANDRA. (slightly distasteful look)
Delighted

Sandra turns to Vince.

SANDRA. (CONT’D)
I’d like to thank you for that favour the other day.
You were a great help.

VINCE.
Oh that, no problem.
I do like to help a damsel in distress.

Sandra laughs in an exaggerated manner.

SANDRA.
A real hero you have here Lisa.
Don’t let anyone touch him.

LISA.
Sorry?
I was miles away.

Sandra raises an eyebrow, and then turns to Vince.

SANDRA.
See you back at the office.
I‘ve got something I need you to take a look at.

Sandra walks off.

Vince looks down on Lisa.

Lisa is oblivious, fiddling with her phone.

The waiter sets the food down on the table and Lisa prepares to eat.

VINCE.
Thank you.

The waiter nods and walks off.

 

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