Below is the first scene in the script From Bullied to Black Belt, a powerful,scene which sees a terrified Simon try and escape one of his tormentors.
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FROM BULLIED TO BLACK BELT, A TRUE STORY
Based on the book
From Bullied to Black Belt
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I can still remember the first time
I was bullied. I remember being
shocked at the hatred in the eyes
of my nemesis. "Spaz!" he shouted.
"Stupid Spaz!" And proceeded to
punch me in the face. I was knocked
to the ground. Through a bloodied
mouth and tears, I pleaded for
mercy. None was shown. Hoping
against hope this was a one off, I
kept my head down and mouth shut
for the next few weeks but it was
futile. The cast had been set.
Another young hoodlum took to
bending my arm so far up my fucking
back I thought it would break. His
idea of a birthday present. The
violence would follow me through my
life. It was a long road to follow
because all this mayhem and more
happened to me before I was even
ten years old. Heaven help me
through my teenage years.
1.EXT. RECREATION GROUND - DAY
From up a tree, a shaven headed sixteen year old, JIMMY
(16), screams like an ape in order to intimidate a
goalkeeper of the same age, SIMON (16). Pan to reveal a
football match on a bleak winter's day. It's played by
twenty two unenthusiastic teenage boys and is watched by a
handful of equally unenthusiastic youths. Some of the
players and spectators have already broken their attention
from the game to witness the drama that is unfolding around
Jimmy. Simon cringes and rubs his hands together as the
screams of abuse rain down on him. He finds it hard to look
up from the muddy turf. He paces from one goal post to
another. Some of the players, including those on his team,
find this persecution funny. The ball and an opposition
player come into Simon's area. Too distracted to do anything
other than make a lame dive, Simon holds his head in his
hands as the opposition player, laughing at him, dribbles
the ball over the line to score a very easy goal. Every
player is now also either laughing at or cursing Simon.
Couldn't save at a supermarket!
At the base of the tree his three TEENAGE ACOLYTES cheer.
Encouraged, Jimmy drops from the branches and reaches into
his bomber jacket. He pulls out a carving knife. At this,
even his acolytes cease their cheering and back off.
Jimmy, still addressing Simon, lowers his voice, which makes
him sound even more menacing.
You're dead. You get hurt messing
about with someone's girl.
SIMON'S GOALMOUTH POV
Jimmy slowly advances in a calm and chilling way. His eyes
stare forwards and the knife is firmly clasped. None of the