SAY NO TO FUSION

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					SAY NO TO FUSION
OVER BLACK:

A quick voice. A young male adult. Frustrated. Forlorn.

                      MALE VOICE (V.O.)
          When we get fusion power.

Something clicks. A bulb on a chain ignites and then instantly
blows with a powerful *zing*.

INSERT MONTAGE:

Replacing the darkness is a patchwork of human industry: Stock
footage of commuters, building projects, hospitals, restaurants,
farming processes etc. All demonstrating the industry of man.
Over it the narrator continues:

                       MALE VOICE (V.O.)
          When fusion breaks through. With the
          advent of fusion. My daddy works at the
          fusion factory. Fusion brings life,
          fusion brings jobs, fusion energy will
          help us prosper. The sky’s the limit.
          There are no limits. Why fusion will
          save us, why fusion will hold us, I love
          light, I love heat, I love life.
                (beat)
          I love our fusion future.

END MONTAGE.

INT. LAB STORE CUPBOARD – IN BLACK

Back in the blown bulb room, footsteps clop and the bulb is
clumsily replaced. Metal scrapes on metal in the darkness.

                       MALE VOICE (V.O.)
          All samples from letters sent to the
          World Fusion Projects by children. A
          rainbow of paper and crayon. Of all the
          words “fusion” is the least misspelled.
          It has become more than an ideal. It is
          an expectation. A word in our
          vocabulary. Part of our dinner chatter
          and plots in our movies. A factor in our
          small business loans.

More footsteps and then a click. A new bulb filament ignites and
holds, briefly lighting a male student and small supply closet.
This is JULIAN (23), our narrator.

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INT. BACK OF A VAN – DAY

A van bustles down a road, occasionally bouncing the four people
inside. The occupants - two guys (including Julian) and two
girls - are young, clever student types dressed up to look smooth
and trusting. They all watch their feet.

                      JULIAN (V.O.)
          Politicians have called it a path for
          humanity. Our safe passage for cleaner
          living. Our gateway through the great
          energy problem. And they were right to
          do so.

The van chops over a speed bump.

CLOSE ON JULIAN: Julian wears a “lost hope” look. He is shy, but
otherwise confident among his peers. He wears fashionably preppy
clothes and styled hair that he clearly enjoys, but isn’t used
to. Like the others he stares intently at his new expensive shoes,
then looks up at nothing in particular.

                      JULIAN (V.O.)
          But that’s where the problem is. Our
          problem as well as yours.

Julian catches the eye of a female contemporary, MADELINE (23).
Madeline quickly turns away.

                      JULIAN(V.O.)
          Because no-one ever figured it wasn’t
          true.

The van stops sharply.

                                                          CUT TO:

INT. SHOPPING CENTRE – DAY

The students have set-up a table and are handing out flyers. Each
of them bears a pained, false smile as they chat with the people
that pass.

     LATER:

Julian chats with a young MOTHER. He walks her through the leaflet.
The Mother pays attention, interested, then thanks Julian and
leaves. Julian watches her go, his face still.

                                                          CUT TO:

INT. PUB – DAY

The students sit around a table. In addition to Julian and


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Madeline is two other students, AMY and MARTIN.

They nurse their drinks in silence.

                                                         CUT TO:

INT. JULIAN’S ROOM – NIGHT

Julian enters and carefully places his keys on the side. His room
is exceptionally tidy and logically ordered. He opens a
mini-fridge. It is well ordered too.

CLOSE ON FRIDGE: The light shines. The motor hums. Resume:

Julian grabs the milk and pours into a sparkling clean glass.

                      JULIAN (V.O.)
          Turn a tap. Hear the radio. Feel some
          warmth. Cool our drinks. We can judge
          ourselves on what we can use.

                                                         CUT TO:

INT. JULIAN’S ROOM – DAY

Julian’s alarm sounds. He shuts it off straight away. Already
awake.

INT. JULIAN’S BATHROOM – DAY

Julian showers.

     LATER:

Julian attempts to style his hair. He can’t get it the same as
before. He rinses it out and goes to his more familiar “shaggy”
instead.

                                                         CUT TO:

INT. VAN – DAY

Madeline fixes Julian’s hair. They share an awkward,
appreciative smile as Madeline’s fingers brush past his ears.

                                                         CUT TO:

INT. SHOPPING CENTRE – DAY

The students have set up their table and have fanned out to pass
round flyers. Julian struggles to get any attention.

                      JULIAN
          Say no to fusion.


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A woman passes.

                      JULIAN
          Say no to fusion, ma’am.

                                                        CUT TO:

EXT. SHOPPING CENTRE – DAY

The team loads boxes back into the van.

INT. VAN – DAY

The students sit in silence.

                       JULIAN (V.O.)
          We had worked so hard. People think it’s
          a given but men and women a thousand
          times more significant than us had
          dedicated their lives to this.
          Neglected their families for this.
          Millions of man-hours had been poured
          into the solution. A team drawn from
          around the world to create the Fusion
          Projects. An institution of the
          celebrated and those eager to learn.
                (beat)
          Then, one day, a man stood slowly and
          told his story.

INSERT SHOTS: A full lecture theatre. A man pacing at the front
by a board of equations. Resume:

                      JULIAN (V.O.)
          The dream of commercial, efficient
          fusion just wasn’t true. It wasn’t
          possible. And never could be. A stone
          cold, horrible truth.

INT. PUB – DAY

Julian, Madeline, Amy and Martin sit around a table of several
empty glasses, in the middle of discussion. Tired from their day
and the fraud of their exertion.

                       AMY
          It’s because we’re just kids. They send
          us because we look trustworthy.

                        MARTIN
          We look like a cult is what we look like!

                      AMY
          What do you think Julian?


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Julian looks up.

                                                         CUT TO:

INT. PUB BATHROOM – DAY

Julian pees.

                        JULIAN (V.O.)
          It was a PR nightmare. Not just for the
          Projects, but for everyone.

Julian shakes off and crosses to the sinks.

                       JULIAN (V.O.)
          Imagine if the world knew what it was
          relying on could never happen. Can you
          imagine the panic? The fallout?

Julian stares at his reflection.

                       JULIAN (V.O.)
          So a decision was made and the students
          were re-assigned. It was our job to
          soften the blow.

                                                         CUT TO:

INT. SHOPPING CENTRE – DAY

Julian offers flyers to all passers-by.

                       JULIAN
          Say no to fusion. Read of the dangers.
          Say no to fusion, sir. Protect your
          family.

His face smiles but his eyes are sad. Shoppers bustle past him
as he stands limply on the concourse floor.

                                                         CUT TO:

EXT. HIGH STREET – DAY

Julian ambles down the high street. Observing people and traffic.
The energy being used by the stores, cars and people on phones.
Escalators carrying people where they could just as easily walk.
Mechanical shop displays. A logjam of traffic. Waste food and
packaging brimming from the bins.

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INT. COMMON ROOM – NIGHT

Julian enters a common room late at night. Empty chairs all
pointed at the television. The lights off. Julian steps through
and turns the television off standby, then leaves the way he came,
turning off the light in the outer corridor as he passes.

                                                          CUT TO:

INT. JAMES’ BATHROOM

James showers. Water on cold.

James washes his face in the sink. Water on cold. He shivers.

                                                          CUT TO:
INSERT MONTAGE:

Short montage: Students in the van... hauling and de-taping
boxes... setting up a table... peddling flyers in the shopping
centre... pestering and chatting to shoppers.

END MONTAGE.

                                                          CUT TO:

INT. PUB – DAY

Julian returns from the bathroom. Everyone is laughing. Julian
sits and fires quizzical expressions. Martin pushes across a
piece of paper. Julian reads it and laughs.

                      JULIAN
          Fusion power makes cows sweat?

Muffled laughter.

                      JULIAN
          May cause urinary disease?

More laughter. Julian can’t suppress the smile as he reads down
the list.

                      JULIAN
          You guys are disgusting.

They all laugh. The tension is lifted. Julian and Madeline’s eyes
meet and sparkle.

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INT. CLASSROOM – DAY

A Friday drinks for the Projects team. Amy, Martin and Madeline
chat in the corner. Julian sits alone, contemplating his drink.
He slides off the table and heads to an experiment. He tinkers
with the stand and clamp. Comfortable. At home.

He looks closely at a crack in a conical flask.

                                                          CUT TO:

INT. LAB STORE CUPBOARD – DAY

Julian enters and flicks the light, but it *zings* into darkness.
He audibly sighs.

     MOMENTS LATER:
Julian replaces the bulb and flicks the switch.

The light flickers and holds. This is the opening scene again.
Julian blinks and then sees Madeline now standing in the doorway.
She smiles sweetly and approaches. Gently, tenderly, they share
their first, tentatively geeky, kiss. They pull apart. Julian
wears an enormous grin. Madeline takes his hand and leads him
out and back to the party.

                                                         FADE OUT

           - INSERT TITLE CARD: SIX MONTHS LATER –

FADE IN:

INT. CARAVAN - DAY

Julian and Madeline on early morning routine in a cute old caravan.
Julian in a thin dressing gown. Madeline is one of Julian’s shirts.
Both seem more confident and poised. Julian winds a radio as
Madeline prepares freshly picked berries.

Julian steps outside.

EXT. CARAVAN - DAY

The caravan is parked in a farmer’s field. The pair eat their
breakfast at a small foldout table.

     LATER:

Julian, now dressed, hops on his bicycle.

INSERT MONTAGE:

Julian cycling to work, mixed in with shots of simple energy


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efficiency and saving techniques. Stock footage of producing and
installing of photovoltaic panels, engineering wind turbines,
and energy saving practices in the office and home.

Julian stops outside a shopping centre. He swings off his bag.

END MONTAGE

INT. SHOPPING CENTRE – DAY

Julian hands out flyers. Smiling.

                        JULIAN
          Sir? Ma’am?

Julian offers leaflets to passers-by. The title:
“ENERGY EFFICIENCY MADE EASY”

Julian lands a shopper and starts talking her through the
leaflet.

                                                        CUT TO:

EXT. A PEBBLE BEACH - DAY

Julian sits on a crest of stones near the shoreline. Madeline
lies with her head on his stomach, reading a book. The sun low
in the deep blue sky.

                        JULIAN (V.O.)
          When it happens we hope there’ll be no
          lasting panic. We hope the world will
          realize what it must do. So many
          problems. Energy is only one of them.
          Deep down we think people already know.
          No such things as a quick fix, is there?
          No one person that doesn’t really know
          that they’ll have to do their bit.
                (beat)
          It’s coming soon. Not long until
          everyone knows and can start the battle.
          The Projects are hopeful: fighting’s
          what people are good at, after all.

Julian shifts and watches the seagulls circle around the shore.

                      JULIAN (V.O.)
          Sometimes I think maybe it’s what we
          needed. That somehow we were losing
          control.

INSERT SHOTS: A collection of useless, energy wasteful devices.
Electric pepper mills. Pens with clocks. Big screen TVs left on


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with no one watching. A city lit up by office lights when no one’s
home. Pointless, horizontal escalators at airports. A floating
continent of single use plastics in the sea. Resume:

Madeline stirs, sleepy. Julian looks down at her.

P.O.V. JULIAN

He watches Madeline breath. Restful.

EXT. A PEBBLE BEACH - DAY

Julian still looks at her.

                       JULIAN (V.O.)
           Then other times I realise: what do I
           know about anything anyway?
Julian gets comfy and stares out to sea.

                       JULIAN (V.O.)
           Maybe it will all be fine. Maybe it
           won’t. Who knows?
                (beat)
           Still. More fun that way I think.

We pull back to see the beach. The solitary couple on the stones.
The sea. The waves. And the random patterns of bright white gulls.

It is quite. Serene. And very beautiful.

                         JULIAN (V.O.)
           As long as we’re prepared to do our bit.

INSERT SHOTS: A blend of new and old industry to highlight the
steps we’ve taken. The old processes, the new processes, and the
adapting in between. The integration of solar cells, industrial
and residential turbines, better insulation and improved
agricultural techniques. Scientists, architects and engineers
all working for a cleaner future.

Ending with us, the individual, saving leftovers, reading books,
walking, cycling, and finally by a light switch, doing our bit.

*Click*

                                                        FADE OUT.




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