For Those in Peril (2013) Script

AARON: I remember when I was little.

The mums and dads used to tell all the little kids about the devil in the ocean.

How it had cursed the town, and all the people in it.

And everyone was scared, and everyone was sad.

And it looked like only darkness would remain.

And they knew only if the devil was caught...

would things go back to how they were before.

CATHY: Sh. It's okay.

Everything is gonna be okay, I promise.

MAN 1: We was always brought up, respect the sea, 'cause the sea's the master.

And you don't take chances. Never take chances.

MAN 2: The sea was very calm, very quiet, very peaceful, not a lot of wind.

Something must have been catastrophically wrong.

MAN 3: If you're out there and something's gonna happen, it's gonna happen.

If it's gonna take you, it'll take you.

Put your head up.


WOMAN: [ on TV ] Lifeboats and helicopters were unable to recover anything the following day, but still no sign of those missing.

PRIEST: This week of celebrations is also a chance for us to remember those that we have lost this year.

A chance for us to remember the happiness and the love that they gave us.

And to realize that they will always be with us, both now and forevermore.

♪ Eternal Father strong to save ♪

♪ Whose arm hath bound the restless wave ♪

♪ Who bidst the mighty ocean deep ♪

♪ Its own appointed limits keep ♪

♪ Oh, hear us

♪ When we cry to thee

♪ For those in peril on the sea ♪

"Do not stand at my grave and weep.

I am not there, I do not sleep.

I am a thousand winds that blow.

I am the diamond glints on snow.

I am the sun on ripened grain.

I am the gentle autumn's rain.

When you awaken in the morning's hush, I am the swift uplifting rush Of quiet birds in circled flight.

I am the soft stars that shine at night.

Do not stand at my grave and cry.

I am not there; I did not die."

WOMAN 1: The whole thing's a tragedy, really.

Seeing Aaron go out to sea with his older brother... older brother not coming back.

WOMAN 2: Six went out and only one came home.

It's really incredibly sad that so many young men were lost in one disaster.

WOMAN 3: He survived and came back, but it's a shame that the other boys didn't make it.


You'll be glad to get back to normal again, eh?

Yeah.

How's Aaron getting on?

Yeah, he's all right.

That's good.

But don't you go leaving me on my own again, okay?

It's harder to look busy if you're not here.

Okay, then.


AARON: I still see you around.

In the darkness.

In the beauty.

Together we fought one hundred wars.

Together we found the world.

I just miss you, you know.

We all just really miss you.


Turn?Won't it start?

It's not that. Wait a minute. Wait a minute.

There you are.

Think about this carefully, now. I want this as evidence.

We will be engaged in...

In what?Less than 3 years' time.

Three years?Well...


Were you not shitting it?

I would've been shitting it like fucking right, man.

Course you would have been.

You shat yourself when big Annie showed you her growler, didn't you, man?

We all thought you'd moved away.

No, just not been around for a while.

Can you remember anything?

No.

Can you not remember anything at all?

No, not really.

Go. Go.

[ explosion ]There it goes, man.

It's there.Where?

It's gone up there.Where is it?

There it is.

Over there.Yeah, I see it.

There it is. It's still alive.

Sick.

Oh, man.

Fuck you!

That was on the head, man.

Look, he's waving at you.Do it.

Go on.

You shat yourself.

MAN 4: Everybody's just trying to move forward and get on with their lives, but every time that you see him, you just think back.

There's been a bad accident here, and Aaron's just a reminder all the time.


AARON: They say I need to be strong.

That we should all move on.

Big boy here starts his job tomorrow.

I know what you're thinking.

You're looking at him going, "Has he got a paper round?"

Well, no, he's actually not.

He's going out on the boats with me.

AARON: They've all forgotten, saying you're gone.

That you'll never come back.

But I know you're not gone.

I know you're still alive.

REPORTER: There has been no trace of the boat since it set out from the harbor--

MAN 5: You depend on the survivor's explanation.

What happened?

If he could explain why did he survive and they didn't?

REPORTER: Search and rescue teams found no sign of the men...

WOMAN 4: You think to yourself, "There's two brothers on that boat.

Maybe there should have been an effort to save each other, but yet only one survived."

MAN 6: When a boat goes down, the families will respect the ones that's lost more than the one that comes ashore.

Always the way.

What about the dreams, the bad dreams that you were talking about?

I don't really get them so much anymore.

Aye, well, it's a process, day by day.

We're just trying to figure out what would be best for you just now.

Do you not see why we're worried about you?

There's nothing wrong with me.

MAN: [ on phone] Hello, Coast Guard Rescue. How can I help?

AARON: I was just wondering if you've still got boats going out looking... and-- and if you've seen anything.

Sorry. Do you know the people on the boat at all?

AARON: Yeah, no, I did.

One of them was my brother.

The amount of time that's passed, it's not...

To be fair, it's not looking too good, I'm afraid.

How do you know that they're dead?

You're gonna have to be realistic here, that it's very rare that we'll ever see them again.


Davie.

Davie.

Can I have a word?

Yeah.

He was a good lad, all right?

He said one of the boats out there was yours.

That's right, aye.

I was wondering if it would be all right, maybe next time you go out, maybe I could come with you.

I wouldn't want pay or anything.

I just need to go out, you know.

I cannot help you there, I'm afraid.

Or do you know anyone else that I can talk to?

I cannot help you, I'm afraid.

Well, have you seen anything out there?

Like what?

Don't know.

Just anything.

You remember John, eh?

He was out in the boat with you and your brother.

You remember John, right?

Yeah.

Aye, well, John was my son.

I thought you'd come here to talk to me about John, ask how me and his mother were doing, but no.

Funny thing, I remember him saying to me he didn't think you were right for the boats.

Said having someone like you out there was dangerous.

Why do you think he'd say that, eh?

I don't know.Eh?

I don't know.

You don't know.

Well, maybe you can tell me why I'll never see my boy again.

Why I'll never get a chance to even put him in the ground.

Yet here you are, large as life, asking if you can come onto my boat.

You don't know you'll never see him again.

What did you say?

What the fuck did you say?MAN: Eh, easy!

Keep him the fuck away from me.

I think you'd better leave.

AARON: They say this is possible.

This isn't possible.

They don't know.

Not for sure.

I will find you.

JANE: [ on phone ] Hello?

AARON: [ on phone ] Hi, Jane. It's me.

I was just wondering if you wanted to meet up or anything.

Are you still at the college?

No.

Did you like it?

It was all right.

You still do your dancing?

Just with the wee ones, you know.

They keep me busy enough.

What?

What is it?

You remember when we were wee, you and Michael had a pretend wedding here?

You had a tablecloth on your head.

And Michael made me the best man.

I think he made you the priest too.

Do you ever feel like he's still here?

Like he might come back?

All the time.


Michael.

Got you, Michael.

[ knocking on door ]


Hey, Aaron. What's happening?

What the fuck are you wearing, man?

Try it on.

Yeah, try it on, go on, go on.

Michael!

Were you out last night?

No.

One of the girls at work said she saw you.

I wasn't.

BOY: How he can walk about, and people have seen him, like nothing's happened.

He shouldn't be here.

He shouldn't be back here. Simple as that.

AARON: She loved you more than all the beauty in the world.

She was born laughing in an angel's bath.

They say once, her father hit her mum so hard, she didn't talk for a year.

She's the only one who'll believe me.

She's the only one who can help.

I was wondering if there was maybe a job for Aaron, just for a wee while.

I've enough of a job keeping you lot on the now, you know that.

Well, can he not just come in while I'm here, just to help out?

I don't think it's the right place for him now.

Do you think anyone will hear?

Just do it.

Come on. Hurry up. Come on.

Fuck. It's really loud.


AARON: Do you think... if you believe anything enough... it'll come true?

JANE: Of course.

AARON: I think if you believe anything enough, it will come true, if you just believe.

Would you wait on him?

JANE: I'd wait forever.

AARON: Do you think we'll ever see him again?

JANE: I know we will.


Michael!

FRANK: I know you feel sorry for him, but it's not your job to look after him.

I swear sometimes you're too nice for your own good.

But you need to start looking after yourself, okay?

All right?

All right.

Michael.

Michael!

Michael!

Michael.

Michael!

Michael!

Where are you?

Michael!


You're gonna be all right, mate, okay?

You hear me?

I'm just needing to go out.

Is he all right?

Sorry, darling. He's not moving.

He's gonna freeze sitting there like that.

I know, I know. I'm sorry.

Are you all right?

Come on.

Let's get you home, eh?

Come on, now.

It's all right.MAN: There he goes.

MAN: Fucking Jonah! You should have never come back.

Lift your leg.

It's all right to miss him, you know.

We all miss him.

But it's just the two of us and we're needing to try and make sure we're okay, all right?

If Michael was here, things would be all right.

What?

If Michael was here, things would be all right.

Your brother's not coming back.

No matter how much we wish things were different...

he's not coming back.

All right?

Look at me.

Aaron.

Look at me.

Right?


CATHY: One day, the devil in the ocean cursed the town and all the people in it.

It took all the fish, and all the little children in its big, dirty belly.

And everyone was scared and everyone was sad.

And it looked like only darkness would remain.

AARON: I remember when we were young... and full of love.

All we needed was each other.

Heaven was everywhere.

Mama's heart was strong and we were never scared.

We promised we'd always be together.

Anything seemed possible.


Sh. It's okay.

Everything's gonna be okay, I promise.

CATHY: And the light under the water would lead them to those lost to the devil, 'cause they knew only if the beast was caught would the curse leave and people would be safe again.

Nobody would ever get scared or sad or ever be alone.

Everyone would live forever.

And everything would go back to how it was.

AARON: I remember what happened.

I remember what happened that night.

The devil in the sea took you in its dirty belly.

It's to blame for all.

I'll cut you from its belly.

I will cut you out of the devil.

Only then will we be together again.

Only then will heaven return to Earth.


Didn't think I'd ever be back in here again.

Think this is the cleanest I've ever seen it.

You all right?

Yeah.

Right, that's it.What?

Get your hands down.

Get off. Get off.

Did Michael ever speak to you about me?

Don't know.

What kind of things did he say?

I don't know.

Just that you were the best.

The best?

Do you think he thought I was beautiful?

Yeah.

Say it.

He thought you were beautiful.

No, you say it.

Like he would.


I think you're beautiful.

Do you still miss me?

Yeah. A lot.

Say you miss me.

I really miss you.

Do you still love me?

Of course I still love you.

I will always love you.

And you never need to be worried or scared or anything, 'cause we'll be all right.

Everything will be all right.


You all right?

I'm just waiting on Jane.

She doesn't want to see you right now, man.

She says she thinks it's best that you don't see each other for a while.

She just needs to sort herself out, you know what I mean?

She wouldn't say that.

That's just what you're saying.

And how would you know what she would say or wouldn't say?

I know she's scared of you.

Yeah.

You know everything, eh?

Do you know that... she sees you as a fucking embarrassment?

She can't stand being around you. Did you know that?

She's going to help me find Michael.

You what?

She's going to help me find my brother.

Fucking hell, man.

You're a piece of work, aren't you?

I know you're out there, but you are wired to the fucking moon, big lad, aren't you?

You see, you forget I knew your brother, and I hate to say this, but he wasn't everything you thought he was.

Aye, he knew his place better than you did.

But he was a wee fucking fanny as well.

You are...

What am I? Tell me? Tell me, what am I?

A dick.

If I see you around this house again, you creepy little cunt, I'll fucking kill you myself.

Now stay away from my daughter, and stay away from my fucking house, or I swear to God I will fucking kill you.

You get it? Now fuck off!

Jane!

Jane? Jane.

What is it?It's all right.

Just come here.

Come with me.Are you all right?

What you doing back here? Do you not listen to people?

What the fuck are you doing?

Hard man come round to my fucking house, huh?

Dad, get off him! Leave him!

Dad, get off!Frank, get off.

Get off him! Dad! Get...

Fucking clear off and get him out of my house.

It's all right, it's all right. He didn't hurt me.

Fucking hurt you?

That is enough! Now, Frank...

Get your hands off me!

Me and you are gonna talk when you get back.

Look, I just don't think seeing each other is such a good idea right now, you know?

Don't say that.

I know you're different from the rest.

I see that.I'm not.

You are.

What would you say if I brought him back?

Aaron, I'm sorry, I've got to go home.

No, please, don't.

Jane, please, don't go. Please. Please.

Look, I'm sorry, I'm sorry. I can't find him on my own.

Aaron, I'm sorry, I've got to go. Aaron.

Jane!Get off, Aaron!

Jane!

Just don't leave me.

Look what you've made me do.

Get off! Get off!

Jane.

Jane, I'm sorry.


AARON: If you were here, you and Mum would be fine.

I think she could get over me.

But she can't get over you.


I'll cut you out.

I will cut you out of the devil.

Right, next up we've got Cathy.

I didn't even put my name down.

No.Come on.

On you go, Cathy.

Come on.

Up you come, darling.

This is for my boys.

♪ The first time

♪ Ever I saw your face

♪ I thought the sun

♪ Rose in your eyes

♪ And the moon and the stars ♪

♪ Were the gifts you gave

♪ To the dark

♪ And the empty sky

♪ My love

♪ And the first time


Aaron!

What's happening?

Your brother was a good guy, eh?

Yeah.

So what actually happened out there?

Can't remember.

Can't remember anything?

No.

See, some folk are saying that you wanted rid of your brother.

That you didn't want any witnesses.

And that when they found you, you were covered in all the other men's blood.

I wasn't.

No?

That's just what I've heard, man.

I don't want to fight him, man.

Go on, man. For fuck's sake.

Fucking hell, man. Fight back.

Fight fucking back, man.This is stupid.

Stop being a fucking pussy, man.

Hit the fucking boy, man.

And he turns round and fights back.

Get off me, you pedo!

He's rag-dolling him.

All right, man, get up.

Get up.

Get off him.

Get off of him.

Here. Get off of him, you fucking idiot.

Get fucking off him!

Listen to what I'm fucking tell you. Get off the fucking boy.

What the fuck is wrong with you?

He's half your fucking size, boy.

I'm sorry. I didn't mean...

Jesus fuck, man.

You want to try it with me? Go.

You're not so fucking tough now your brother's not here, are you?

You remember that? You used to get your brother to batter fuck out of me.

What a fucking stupid psychopath bastard, man.

MICHAEL: Fucking sick of looking after him.

See the amount of times that I've got him out of near kick-ins?

JANE: Don't you think you're just a little bit harsh on him sometimes?

MICHAEL: How's it harsh? How's it harsh?

I don't know how me looking out for him is harsh.

I don't know how me stopping him getting his fucking head kicked in is harsh.

You're laughing, you fucking idiot?

Soon none of this will matter.

Funny, aye? Funny?

It's coming for us all.

Beat it, you fucking idiot. Get to fuck.


Aaron?

Is that you?

Aaron?

AARON: Don't be scared. Don't give up.

For now you are with the devil, but soon the light will come.

I'll get there and I'll swim down and I'll fight it, and I'll find you and will cut you out of its belly.

I'm coming. I'm coming.

GIRL: It's about a red devil that sleeps under the water.

When you descend into the ocean if you got eaten by it, you'd have to live inside its tummy.

Stupid!

Fuck you!

Stupid...

Michael, come here.

Punch him. Punch him or I'm gonna punch you.

He's always been so fucking soft, so scared of everything.

I see that there's a lot of hard boys about here.

I don't feel like he doesn't fit in.

I know he doesn't fit in.

Say, "I love my brother. He's the best."

Never.Say it.

MICHAEL: It's like he floats about in some wee cloud and...

It's like he's never grown up.

I will find you.

One little boy who lost everyone he really loved.

He went out to the water to find the monster.

Mum.

Mum.


AARON: [ whispering indistinctly ]


Come on.

Come on.

Come on.

Come on.


DR. FORBES: I really can't see any other option now, I'm afraid.

We have everything he needs here.

CATHY: He's all I have.

He's all I have left.

Make sure you're ready.

'Cause it's coming for us now.

I can't stop it.

I can't get him back on my own.

I've tried. I can't get them back on my own.

Come on, now.

I can't...

You're okay. Just...

You're okay.

I just miss my brother.We know.

I miss my brother.

You're doing fine.

I'm sorry.

You're doing fine. Come on.

I just miss my brother.

I know. Come on.

99 elephant, 100 elephant.

YOUNG AARON: Michael.

Michael.

Are you in here, Michael?

Michael, where are you?

You're not here. Michael.

Michael? Michael? Michael?

Aaron.

Aaron, stop. Stop it. What are you doing? Aaron.

Aaron, stop. Stop it. What are you doing? Aaron.

It's not fair!

It's all right! It's all right.

It's okay. He's not there.

Where is Michael?

I just think it's maybe for the best for a wee while, eh?

Just till you're better.

They can help you there.

I'm just needing to know that no matter what happens, you'll be all right. Okay?

I promise things will get better.

I promise.

Remember you said if we stayed together, everything would be alright?

You said that.

You said that all we needed was each other.

I know I did.

But I'm not gonna be here forever to look after you.

I don't know how to help you anymore.


MAN: My mother used to tell me...

AARON: I might do something really bad.

MAN 1: When my father went to sea, there used to be a big red fish following him.

MAN 2: Didn't think of anyone else except himself.

His brother was probably screaming.

MAN 3: It was all put down to the devil.

MAN 1: And he said that was the devil of the sea.

AARON: I just want you to give me a sign.


Michael!

Michael!

Do you ever feel odd like just being with us all the time?

I don't mean it in a bad way, but don't you?


AARON: The devil's going to take all the bad boys and girls.

Like it took my brother and changed his heart.

Fucking move. Fucking move.

Fuck you, man.No, fuck you. Fuck off.

No, you fucking sit over there.

Don't sit on me.

Tell him to sit wi' you.Michael, calm down.

Fucking move.Don't fucking hit me.

MICHAEL: He's a fucking embarrassment.

He embarrasses me.

How do you think that makes me feel, right?

I'm embarrassed of my brother.

They don't like him here.

They don't like him here, that's the difference.

I know it's coming.

It's coming for all of you and it's coming for me.

And I'm the only one who's ready.

AARON: Unless it's stopped, it will wipe everyone out.

Everything will disappear. I'm the only one who knows.

Only then will we be together again.

It's coming for every one of you.

Only then will heaven return to Earth.

What the fuck's that?

What one of youse was that?

You know it was you.

You're sitting watching me. It wasn't fucking me.

Fucking hell, man.

Hey! Come on out!

Come on out!

Jesus Christ, man.

Who's that? Show yourself!

Hello!

Did you see anybody?

Hello! Show yourself!

Whoa! Get somebody!

Get off him!Get somebody!

AARON: I remember when we were little, we'd pretend like we were fish swimming in the ocean.

We'd go down together, seeing who could stay under the longest.

Help! Help!

Tryin' to find a light to lead us to heaven.

Shit. Shit.

AARON: All the time knowing if we'd been bad, the devil would take us.

Swim!

Aaron. Aaron.

It's all right. Calm down. Calm down. Calm down.

Stay with me.

Stay with me. Stay with me.

Oh, God.

It's coming, Billy.

Stop it, Billy, it's coming!

It's coming! I won't let it get you!

It's coming. I'm not gonna let it hurt you, Billy.

Now, you see. You stay right here.

It's coming. It's coming.

It's coming. It's coming.

Hey!

Over here!

Help!

I wouldn't have hurt you. I wouldn't have hurt you, Billy.

Billy. Swim to the boat.

That's it. Good, son.

That's it. You're safe now.

Michael, please. Please, help me!

I'm sorry!

Let me through. Let me through!

What happened?Oh, God.

Oh, God.

I'm coming. Let him down!

I've got you, baby. I've got you.

It's okay, baby. Mummy's got you. It's okay.

It's all right, baby. It's all right.

It's okay, son.What the hell has he done?

You're a fucking disgrace!

You should have never come back here!

Leave him alone!

You're a bastard.

I hope he fucking dies!

Fucking leave him there!

I don't. I wanna stay me.

AARON: There'll be nothing left.

The devil is inside everyone. Everyone will disappear.

The devil is coming for you all.


We're lucky the police are happy for us to take it from here.

I mean, obviously we'd prefer if he came in on his own.

But if not, then we'd have to arrange another way to have him picked up.

We really don't want that.

We just need to look at tomorrow as a fresh start for you.

All right?

Yeah.

Now, obviously they'll go through everything with you there.

But if there's anything that either one of you wanna ask me just now...

Will Mum still be able to come with me?

She can come with you tomorrow, but it is best that you're apart for a while, okay?

Yeah.

You okay?

Are you all right?

I was just trying to do something good.

You know?

I know.

Look, no matter what happens...

...try not to let anybody put you down...

...or tell you that you should be more like them.

Promise me that you won't let them change the person that you really are.

Because they're just scared.

We're all just scared.


You needing anything else?

I remember when you were little, if we were going away somewhere, you'd wanna take everything with you.

Clothes that didn't fit you anymore or broken toys that you hadn't played with for years.

Remember if we got scared, you'd tell us the story of the monster?

Would you tell it just now?

I can't really remember it.

Go on.I can't remember it.


One day... the devil in the ocean cursed the town.

It took all the fish and all the little children into its big, dirty belly.

And everyone was scared and everyone was sad.

And they knew that only if the devil was caught would things go back to the way they were before.

Then what happened?

One little boy...

who'd lost everyone he really loved... went out to the water to find the monster.

He went so far under the water that he turned into a fish.

And he swam all day and all night looking for his family.

Then one day... after searching the ocean so long he was ready to give up... he saw the big monster sleeping at the bottom of the ocean, and he swam right into its mouth... and up into its big belly.

And in there, he found all the fish, all the little children, and everyone he'd ever loved.

And then everything was okay again?

He set them all free...

and the devil was gone forever.

The curse left the town, nobody got scared anymore, nobody got sad or ill... and all the little boys and girls would live forever.

Everything went back to the way it was.

I'm sorry, Mum.

It's all right, son.

Your mummy loves you, okay?

It's okay.


AARON: I remember when we were little, we'd pretend to be fish, swimming deep down in the ocean, trying to find heaven, looking for the lights to take us there.


We all changed, though.

We forgot what was important.

We all forgot how to love...

how to dream.

We need to go back to how things were before.

We need to go back.


Where are you going?

They've found him.

They've found him.

Cathy!

Cathy, come back!

They've found him.